Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam

  • #214 QS Global World Ranking
  • PublicStatus
  • Very HighResearch Output
  • 30,159Total Students
  • 2,648Faculty
  • 4,875Int'l Students

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers master’s degrees as well as PhDs in English and Dutch in a range of different fields.

Quick links

  • Explore master’s degrees here
  • Need financial assistance? Read about scholarships here
  • Like Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  on Facebook or check out the university’s YouTubeInstagram,  LinkedIn and blog channels for student exchange videos, news, live updates and more
  • Apply online to the course of your dreams here

Choose from a comprehensive range of subject areas

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  offers over 150 master’s degrees in English within different fields of interest, namely:

  • Art, Culture and History
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Computer Science, Mathematics and Business
  • Economics, Business and Law
  • Health and Movement Sciences
  • Language and Communication
  • Natural Sciences
  • Religion and Philosophy

Browse master’s degrees here.

Competitive cohorts

All programs have their own specific admission requirements.  As a rule of thumb, you would need a relevant bachelor’s degree and proof of proficiency in English.

Scholarships and fees

Students from  the EU or EEA pay the same tuition fees as Dutch students. The tuition fees for most programmes are set by the Dutch government on an annual basis and vary per programme.  Fortunately, there are scholarships available, including:

  • VU Fellowship Program (VUFP)
  • The Holland Scholarship Program (HSP)
  • Orange Tulip Schol­ar­ship (OTS) 
  • OTS scholarship
  • Fulbright scholarship


Find out more about each scholarship here.

  • VU houses a Sports Center with good facilities, many types of classes and a gym. Provides cheap entrance for students and the possibility to subscribe for a short period of time. A basketball field, multiple beach volleyball fields and tennis tables are located on the campus ground, free to use for students any time of day.
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Medical Center has a general practice serving the local community. As part of the teaching hospital, it provides training and experience to medical students and conducts scientific research. VU students who live in Amsterdam (except Amsterdam Noord) or Amstelveen can register as patients.
  • The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Bibliotheek [university library] offers resources for study and research by providing a collection of scientific information to meet the demand of the questions posed. Approximately 90% of the collections accessible by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Bibliotheek are available digitally and, therefore, available to members of staff and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Free WIFI is available for all students and employees on campus. There are several computer rooms, a notebook study room and internet work spaces to study comfortably and quietly. All faculties have their own study and computer rooms, often combined.The buildings are generally opened from 7AM to 11PM on weekdays and from 8AM to 6PM during the weekend.
Services from our international office

Our International Office offers excellent services and assists you with housing, visa, residence permits (if applicable) and the administrative side of studying in the Netherlands. We also offer a pick-up service from Schiphol airport and an extensive introduction programme in August during which you can arrange all kinds of practical matters, and can participate in social events and an intercultural programme.


An International Student Advisor (ISA Bachelor's, ISA Master's) will help you with the application procedure, possible scholarship applications and any other information you may need about your study programme.
For those international students who wish to be prepared to enter the (Dutch) labour market after their study, VU International Office organizes various events and activities throughout the year such as the annual Career Event and CV workshops, Interview Training and Meet & Greets with companies.


You can approach student counsellors and a student desk with any specific questions you may have. Guidance and support are offered to students with a disability.


Campus
Almost all of our students, staff and programmes are located on campus: a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam.
The Main Building has a permanent exhibition space, which showcases work of beginning and established artists. All over the campus you can view the university's art collection, including an art route through the public areas. The campus has its own bike repair shop, which also sells reasonably priced second hand bikes.

Social life
There are several types of student bodies at the university, mostly linked to a field of study. ESN Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an organization for all international and Dutch students at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It brings together students from around the world to introduce them to the university, to Amsterdam and to make them feel at home. ESN Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam organizes a host of activities, including cocktail parties, weekly get-togethers (borrels), weekend trips and social gatherings every two weeks.

Check out the specific requirements for admission and language requirements for masters here!

About

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers master’s degrees as well as PhDs in English and Dutch in a range of different fields.

Quick links

  • Explore master’s degrees here
  • Need financial assistance? Read about scholarships here
  • Like Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  on Facebook or check out the university’s YouTubeInstagram,  LinkedIn and blog channels for student exchange videos, news, live updates and more
  • Apply online to the course of your dreams here

Choose from a comprehensive range of subject areas

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  offers over 150 master’s degrees in English within different fields of interest, namely:

  • Art, Culture and History
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Computer Science, Mathematics and Business
  • Economics, Business and Law
  • Health and Movement Sciences
  • Language and Communication
  • Natural Sciences
  • Religion and Philosophy

Browse master’s degrees here.

Competitive cohorts

All programs have their own specific admission requirements.  As a rule of thumb, you would need a relevant bachelor’s degree and proof of proficiency in English.

Scholarships and fees

Students from  the EU or EEA pay the same tuition fees as Dutch students. The tuition fees for most programmes are set by the Dutch government on an annual basis and vary per programme.  Fortunately, there are scholarships available, including:

  • VU Fellowship Program (VUFP)
  • The Holland Scholarship Program (HSP)
  • Orange Tulip Schol­ar­ship (OTS) 
  • OTS scholarship
  • Fulbright scholarship


Find out more about each scholarship here.

  • VU houses a Sports Center with good facilities, many types of classes and a gym. Provides cheap entrance for students and the possibility to subscribe for a short period of time. A basketball field, multiple beach volleyball fields and tennis tables are located on the campus ground, free to use for students any time of day.
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Medical Center has a general practice serving the local community. As part of the teaching hospital, it provides training and experience to medical students and conducts scientific research. VU students who live in Amsterdam (except Amsterdam Noord) or Amstelveen can register as patients.
  • The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Bibliotheek [university library] offers resources for study and research by providing a collection of scientific information to meet the demand of the questions posed. Approximately 90% of the collections accessible by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Bibliotheek are available digitally and, therefore, available to members of staff and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Free WIFI is available for all students and employees on campus. There are several computer rooms, a notebook study room and internet work spaces to study comfortably and quietly. All faculties have their own study and computer rooms, often combined.The buildings are generally opened from 7AM to 11PM on weekdays and from 8AM to 6PM during the weekend.
Services from our international office

Our International Office offers excellent services and assists you with housing, visa, residence permits (if applicable) and the administrative side of studying in the Netherlands. We also offer a pick-up service from Schiphol airport and an extensive introduction programme in August during which you can arrange all kinds of practical matters, and can participate in social events and an intercultural programme.


An International Student Advisor (ISA Bachelor's, ISA Master's) will help you with the application procedure, possible scholarship applications and any other information you may need about your study programme.
For those international students who wish to be prepared to enter the (Dutch) labour market after their study, VU International Office organizes various events and activities throughout the year such as the annual Career Event and CV workshops, Interview Training and Meet & Greets with companies.


You can approach student counsellors and a student desk with any specific questions you may have. Guidance and support are offered to students with a disability.


Campus
Almost all of our students, staff and programmes are located on campus: a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam.
The Main Building has a permanent exhibition space, which showcases work of beginning and established artists. All over the campus you can view the university's art collection, including an art route through the public areas. The campus has its own bike repair shop, which also sells reasonably priced second hand bikes.

Social life
There are several types of student bodies at the university, mostly linked to a field of study. ESN Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an organization for all international and Dutch students at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It brings together students from around the world to introduce them to the university, to Amsterdam and to make them feel at home. ESN Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam organizes a host of activities, including cocktail parties, weekly get-togethers (borrels), weekend trips and social gatherings every two weeks.

Check out the specific requirements for admission and language requirements for masters here!

University highlights

QS World University Ranking

  • 2012
    #177
  • 2014
    #=181
  • 2015
    #=171
  • 2016
    #176
  • 2017
    #199
  • 2018
    #218
  • 2019
    #=231
  • 2020
    #=219
  • 2021
    #=236
  • 2022
    #=209
  • 2023
    #214

Student & Staff

Total students
30,159

43%
57%

International students
4,875

50%
50%

Total faculty staff
2,648

696
1952

Total students
30,159

43%
57%

International students
4,875

50%
50%

Total faculty staff
2,648

1952
696
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Campus locations

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,

De Boelelaan 1105 , Amsterdam , Netherlands , 1081 HV

English language requirements