Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Student facts

Focus is key in our master's program. The relatively small number of students in class guarantees a highly interactive character of the courses. Students as well as lecturers coming from different countries and different legal cultures strongly contribute to a special and a truly global character of the program. It all offers a unique intellectual atmosphere for group discussions, presentation of views and exchange of ideas that are enriched by diverse national perspectives. Last year’s class of the Finance and Behavior specialization consist of approximately 15 different nationalities and study backgrounds (e.g. History, Economics, Psychology).

International students

24,096 students, of which 4,088 are international, covering 130 nationalities.

Study location

  • Amsterdam
  • Netherlands



Finding good, affordable accommodation can be a problem in the Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam. Therefore we strongly advise you to apply for accommodation well in advance. The International Office of VU University Amsterdam is able to provide accommodation for short-stay foreign visitors (including PhD's and Post docs) at the university. The minimum period of rent is 1 month, with a maximum of 12 months. (Guests can apply for a second year of accommodation.)
Accommodation consists of furnished rooms, most with private facilities. The number of rooms and appartments is limited, so we cannot guarantee to find accommodation for everyone. Nevertheless, the International Office does its utmost to find suitable accommodation.
On the VU University website you can find all information about how to apply for accommodation.
All prices mentioned on the website are subject to change, you cannot derive a right from these prices. Please be sure you first check the rules and regulations.

Club & Society

Erasmus Student Network VU Amsterdam: ESN VU Amsterdam is the international student association of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Next to the international student association, there are numerous study associations for Law students, such as Q.D.B.D.

Leisure activities

As a student at VU Amsterdam, you will have a wide range of facilities at your disposal. You will have access to extensive libraries, a university wide wireless network and numerous computers and reading rooms. The university’s sport centre offers more than 35 different sports and the Griffioen cultural centre organizes a variety of courses in the arts as well as other cultural activities. In addition, in collaboration with a local movie theatre, VU screens the newest internationally awarded films in the main building.


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