Why choose VU Amsterdam

A unique university

Our students and staff look further: beyond the boundaries of their own field, culture, traditions and philosophy to become critical and socially engaged academics.

Lively Amsterdam

We are located in lively and multicultural Amsterdam, the city with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language.

The Netherlands

Dutch society is multicultural. People from other parts of the world have been living in the Netherlands for decades, thanks to the country’s historical ties with other nations.

High quality education

VU Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university, ranked among the world's best.

Services from our international office

Our International Office assists you with excellent services such as housing, visa and residence permits. We also organize social and career activities for you to attend.


Almost all of our students, staff and programmes are located on campus: a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam.

During your studies

Meet new people through one of our student associations, learn Dutch or visit our Griffioen theatre. Just one of many things you can enjoy during your stay here.