Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam

Facade of a building on the VU campus

VU logo with slogan 'looking further'The John Stuart Mill College (established in 2015) is part of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), an internationally renowned research university with about 25,000 students and 2,500 academic staff. VU Amsterdam has a sterling reputation for the fine quality of its teaching. Eleven faculties share a single campus and cover a wide spectrum of arts, sciences and medicine.

VU Amsterdam:

  • is consistently listed among the world’s top universities in various rankings;
  • is located in one of the most dynamic and fastgrowing business districts in the Netherlands;
  • is a modern campus university with student housing just a five-minute bike ride away;
  • helps you with housing, visas and the administrative side of studying in the Netherlands;
  • offers an international environment. A quarter of the students in the English-taught programmes of VU Amsterdam come from abroad;
  • provides high-quality education in small and highly interactive classes;
  • is located in lively and multicultural Amsterdam, the city with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language;
  • is open to all cultures, nationalities and religions.

Our PPE programme realizes important themes of the profile of VU Amsterdam: diversity, internationalization, and excellence. Additionally, throughout the programme two of the four central research themes of VU Amsterdam, namely ‘Connected World’ and ‘Governance for Society’, play a prominent role.

VU’s excellent education system

Private or public?
VU University Amsterdam is recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education and is therefore partially government-funded. Under the Dutch system, the government subsidizes recognized universities on the basis of their student numbers and also sets limits and guidelines for the tuition fees that these universities are allowed to charge. This ensures access to quality higher education for all Dutch citizens, rich or poor.

Dutch education system
The overall quality of Dutch higher education is among the best in the world. No other country has the same percentage of universites in the top 200. The Dutch higher education sector makes a distinction between universities of applied sciences and research universities. VU Amsterdam is one of 14 research universities in the Netherlands that offer an academic education and Master’s degree programmes.

VU Amsterdam is recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a research university. All degree programmes at VU Amsterdam are either accredited by or in the process of being accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders. This body was established by international treaty and guarantees the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium through the accreditation of study programmes.

Why Study at VU Amsterdam?

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