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High-quality teaching and cutting-edge research

Founded on a tradition of highly integrated academics, the University of Amsterdam enjoys a global reputation for cutting-edge research, high-quality teaching and a broad range of degree programmes. Our open, tolerant and international academic tradition dates back to 1632, and continues strong today thanks to our thriving community of independent thinkers.
"Seeing things from a new perspective"

10 Reasons to choose the UvA 

1. Rankings

The UvA scores highly in international rankings. It is ranked among the top 30 universities in Europe and the top 100 worldwide.

2. Range of English courses

Both Dutch and international students enrol in and therefore benefit from the large selection of English-taught courses.

3. International classroom

The international composition and diversity of the student population (around 100 nationalities) offer a truly international study environment.

4. International research networks

The UvA is an active member in numerous EU-wide and global research networks, such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and of Universitas 21 (U21). 

UvA building the Agnietenkapel

5. History

The UvA is characterised by a tolerant, open-minded and international academic tradition dating back to 1632.

Canal in Amsterdam

6. Quality of life

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and features as one of the worlds’ best places to live, according to several international surveys.

7. Practical support

Students are actively supported in practical matters, such as opening a bank account, applying for visas and finding accommodation in Amsterdam.

8. Student support

Staff of the twelve international offices and of Student Services help international students with information, advice and support. 

Amsterdam Creative City summer programme

9. Prime location

Amsterdam is well connected for travel within Europe and has excellent links to the rest of the world.

10. Personal development

The UvA promotes an interactive teaching style that encourages students to develop self-reliance and independent thinking.

Facts and Figures: the University of Amsterdam in numbers








English-taught programmes


International students



Top Countries of UvA’s international students

  1. Germany
  2. USA
  3. China
  4. UK
  5. Italy
  6. Greece
  7. Spain
  8. France
  9. Romania