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Location & Facilities

Immerse yourself in this multicultural, historic city that embraces the advances of science, technology, and healthcare in an increasingly global society.

Since its rise to fame during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, Amsterdam has navigated periods of trial and triumph to make an everlasting mark on the world.

Several hundred years ago, Amsterdam established the most influential stock exchange in the world. Today, the city’s infrastructure continues to expand, opening up opportunities in business and tourism. With its architectural and cultural charm, it’s no surprise that Amsterdam attracts millions of foreign visitors every year, including students from all over the world.

Imagine study breaks spent cycling along beautiful canals, relaxing in Vondelpark, or visiting daily open-air markets. A stroll through Amsterdam’s unique neighborhoods will show you a variety of historic architecture and vintage shops, cafés, and art galleries. On weekends, you can expand your knowledge of Dutch history and culture by visiting Amsterdam’s famous Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank Haus, or Rijksmusuem.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) is an internationally-renowned research university recognized and accredited by the Dutch Ministry of Education.

Its name translates to “Free University” in English, in reference to its separation from both church and state. VU Amsterdam places a special emphasis on sustainability initiatives in its research, academics, and co-curricular campus culture.

VU Amsterdam is widely known for its strong science programs, specifically global health, biomedicine, and neuroscience. However, courses taught in English are offered across the disciplines and in many interdisciplinary areas. Check out the VU Amsterdam website for details.

The main campus of the university is located near the growing business district, Zuidas, and is easily accessible by public transit. Since the city of Amsterdam is home to 92,000 students, you will quickly find your place in the larger student community.