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VU University Amsterdam

VU University Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a university in Amsterdam, Netherlands, founded in 1880. VU is one of two large, publicly funded research universities in the city, the other being the University of Amsterdam (UvA).The literal translation of the Dutch name Vrije Universiteit is “Free University”. “Free” refers to independence of the university from both the State and Church. Both within and outside the university, the institution is commonly referred to as “the VU” (pronounced somewhat like “vew” as in “new”).

Although founded as a private institution, VU has received government funding on a parity basis with public universities since 1970. Over the past decades, VU has transformed from a small institution into a broad, research-intensive university attended by a wide variety of students of diverse backgrounds. While the Netherlands does not have an official ranking system, according to the “CWTS Leiden Ranking”, the Vrije Universiteit was recognized as the second best university, nationally.

The university is located on a compact urban campus in the southern Buitenveldert neighbourhood of Amsterdam and adjacent to the modern Zuidas business district.

University highlights

  • VU University Amsterdam is a state-funded university with about 23,000 students and 2,500 academic staff
  • With 60 Bachelor’s degree programmes and over 100 Master’s degree programmes, VU University offers a wide choice of study options
  • VU University provides an inspirational educational setting in which students from the Netherlands and abroad can develop their potential to the full
  • The programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to study and the teaching staff are easily accessible
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