University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam is ambitious, creative and committed: a leader in international science and a partner in innovation, the UvA has been inspiring generations since 1632. 

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About

History

On 8 January 1632, Gerardus Vossius opened the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam, with his inaugural lecture ‘De historiae utilitate’ (On the usefulness of history). The next day, Caspar Barlaeus gave his famous lecture on the wise merchant, ‘Mercator Sapiens’. 

Education

Explore the University of Amsterdam (UvA) – a leading European university reflecting the innovative and international culture of Amsterdam. Choose from 200+ degree programmes.

Research

Research is at the heart of what we do. Nearly 3,000 researchers carry out experimental and theoretical research, and every UVA student has the chance to carry out research themselves.

Career

Services are available to all UvA students from all degree programmes. Our broad outlook and expertise allows you to examine which degree programme and career is right for you.

Key subjects include:

  • Study choice or switching degree programmes
  • Choosing a Master’s
  • CV checks
  • Cover letter checks
  • Insight into your qualities, interests and motivation
  • Interview practice
  • Getting more out of LinkedIn
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exploring the job market

Services

Student services

  • The student assessor takes part in deliberations on centrally executed policy at the UvA, with a focus on teaching and student-related matters. The student assessor attends meetings of the Executive Board and advises the Executive Board, and contributes points for discussion to the administrative agenda. 
  • The student assessor liaises closely with students inside and outside of the representative advisory bodies, acting as a link between management and the student community.

Library services

The University Library is located in a number of buildings all over Amsterdam. Apart from the central University Library (UB) on the Singel there are individual faculty libraries, and together they hold around four million volumes and a large collection of manuscripts.

Student Life

Campus life

The UvA has four campuses located across Amsterdam. Some classes are in quaint old buildings overlooking the canals, others in high-tech laboratories.

Roeterseiland Campus

  • Three faculties are housed at the Roeterseiland Campus: Economics and Business, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Law. CREA, the student cultural organisation, is also located here.

Campus development

  • The UvA is working to consolidate its teaching and research activities within four campuses. At one time, we had about 85 different buildings scattered across Amsterdam. Many buildings didn't meet modern-day standards for teaching and research, and there weren't enough common areas to facilitate collaboration between disciplines. 

Sports facilities

  • There's no end to the opportunities to engage in sports in Amsterdam, but the cheapest place for students and staff of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) to do so is at the USC. There are also all sorts of student sports clubs you can join. The UvA also has a scheme for top-class athletes.
  • The UvA student sports centre is open seven days a week and is based in six locations spread across the city and located close to other UvA buildings and facilities wherever possible. There are four gyms, outdoor tennis courts, a yoga studio, climbing walls and much more besides. You can choose from over 60 sports and various types of membership.

Student clubs

Amsterdam has a thriving student community with various student associations. There are plenty of associations and activities for students to participate in alongside their studies.

Accreditation

The Amsterdam School of Economics is part of a select group with a 'Triple Crown', accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. Worldwide, only 1% of all business schools/faculties with business programmes (approximately 14,000) have managed to achieve this prestigious status.

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