VU University Amsterdam:
Overall the quality of the Dutch higher education is amongst the best in the world. According to the THES QS World University Rankings, no other country in the world can claim more than half of all its universities being ranked in the worlds top 200, VU University Amsterdam is ranked 139th, no 3 in the Netherlands.
Education at VU University Amsterdam is structured according to the Bachelors and Masters system. Students embark on a one-year or two-year Masters programme after completing a Bachelors programme, which usually takes three years. After graduating from the Masters programme, some students opt to study for a doctorate.
Generally speaking, the teaching style can be described as student-centered: we stimulate students to develop their own opinion through independent and creative thinking. At VU University Amsterdam this means that teaching is conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At all turns, students are invited to question the professors.
As a student at VU University Amsterdam, you will have an extensive range of facilities at your disposal on the campus. You will have access to an extensive library, wireless network throughout the university and numerous computer and reading rooms for students use. The universitys sports centre offers at least 35 different sports and Griffioen, the universitys cultural centre, organizes a variety of courses in arts and cultural activities.
VU University Amsterdam is only too pleased to make as many practical arrangements as possible on your behalf, so that you can start your studies with a clear mind. We want to give you a good start and make you feel right at home at the university and in Amsterdam. Thats why we offer you the following services free of charge.
Images of the Netherlands are common, from clogs and tulips to vibrant Amsterdam and an open and welcoming society. But these traditional perceptions of the country hide a much more interesting story, one of excellent universities and an international reputation for research and development in many of the most exciting fields of education, science and technology.
The international outlook for which the Netherlands is famous is also reflected in the range of degree programmes on offer. There are few non-English speaking countries where the range of English-speaking programmes is so wide and diverse.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at VU University Amsterdam!