Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Ever since it was founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU Amsterdam is an open organisation, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.

(THE World University Rankings)

Fast facts


  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Number of Students

  • 26,096


  • 3,363


  • Faculty of Dentistry ACTA
  • Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Theology
  • VU Medical Center
  • School of Business and Economics

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Earth and Life Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • Theology
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Medical Sciences
  • Law


The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society.


in the World

Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies - QS WUR by Subject , 2019


in the world

QS Full-time MBA Rankings, 2019


in the world

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 (Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking)


The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken.

The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.

The city is filled with golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings are the backdrop for Amsterdam's treasure-packed museums, vintage-filled shops and hyper-creative design, drinking and dining scenes. (Lonely Planet, 2019)


VU Amsterdam has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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