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University of Amsterdam (UVA): Overview, Rankings, Fees & Courses

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About University of Amsterdam

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Year of establishment1632
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Also Known AsUvA
Accepted Exams
Total International Students5000
UG/PG Course Ratio12.5
Faculty/Student Ratio14
No.of Campuses1
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Q:   Is it hard to get into University of Amsterdam?


University of Amsterdam acceptance rate is around 4%. This means that the university has a very selective process of admission for international students. The students are offered admission based on their GPA scores, documents submitted and academic record.  Students from all over the world submit applications to the institution, and the admissions committee looks for those who have shown academic distinction, significant extracurricular involvement, and a great interest in the program they are applying to.


Q:   Why is an English proficiency proof required to be submitted for admission at the University of Amsterdam?


International applicants at University of Amsterdam are required to submit the proof of English Language proficiency as a criteria for admission to the university. The English language scores required for international applicants are given as follows:

ExamScore Required for selective coursesScore Required for all other courses
Cambridge C1190180
Cambridge C2200200

Q:   Is the University of Amsterdam an Ivy League university?


University of Amsterdam is known for being a leading university in international Science and a partner in innovation.

  • The university is in one of the top 100 universities globally and it is one of the best universities in Europe.
  • University of Amsterdam has had a history since 1932, and it is one of the best universities in areas such as arts, humanities, natural sciences, social and medical sciences.
  • It has various campus locations in Amsterdam that includes 40,000 students, 3,000 PhD candidates and 6,000 staff members. 

Q:   Can I apply for more than one scholarship at the University of Amsterdam?


International students can apply for various scholarships to help in covering their educational costs at University of Amsterdam. The university offers 3 scholarships to eligible international students with a good academic record and merit. UvA also offers financial aid, grants and loans that the students can apply for. 

  • Students are required to apply by submitting their application to the Admissions Office of the Graduate schools.
  • The deadlines for scholarships will vary based on the course and faculty.
  • The students can submit their application based on the eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application instructions that is given on the university website. 

Q:   What is it like to study at the University of Amsterdam?


Some of the highlights of the Uni of Amsterdam are given below:

  • The University of Amsterdam is a prestigious university with a good academic reputation. It is consistently ranked among the top ranked universities and is known for its quality education
  • It offers a wide range of programs allowing students to have great study choices. Uni of Amsterdam offers 20 English-taught bachelor’s programs and has one of the largest selections of international master’s study programs of any university in Europe.
  • Furthermore, Uni of Amsterdam attracts a large number of international students, thereby, creating a vibrant and multi-cultural environment
  • Amsterdam University is located in the heart of Amsterdam, so the students can benefit from the city’s rich cultural heritage, vibrant atmosphere, and international outlook

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Q:   Does University of Amsterdam give full scholarships to international students?


The University of Amsterdam offers the following scholarships for international students:

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) – It is offered to students with outstanding academic record from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and the deadline for this scholarship is January 15.
  • Julia Henriette Jaarsma Adolfs Fund Scholarship- This is offered to exceptionally talented and motivated students from within and outside the EEA. The scholarship amount ranges from approximately EUR 12,000 to EUR 25,000 for both non-EU and EU citizens.
  • Sally Mae Private Loans Program (USA)- The University of Amsterdam participates in the Private Loan Programme from Sallie Mae. Only the students who belong or have American nationality are eligible for this loan. The loan will cover living expenses and tuition, room and board fees for students.

University of Amsterdam Admission Dates 2024

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Q:   How can international students apply for admission in University of Amsterdam?


The steps to apply for admission for international applicants are given as follows:

  • Submit the online application on the application system
  • Check the deadlines for your programme and submit the documents required
  • The applicant must fulfill the requirements for some selective programmes and for the prior education
  • Applicants must submit the English language Proficiency scores
  • Students can submit the enrollment request in Studielink
  • The last step is to pay the application fee and the applicant can submit the application file

Q:   What are the English Language Requirements for international students at University of Amsterdam?


The English language proficiency scores required are given as follows:


Score Required


Overall score of 100


Overall score of 7.0


C1 with a minimum score of 190


Q:   What is the University of Amsterdam minimum GPA requirement?


Applicants with a sufficient background are required to have an overall GPA equivalent to at least a Dutch grade of 7.0 or higher, to be eligible for selection in the Amsterdam University.


University of Amsterdam Tuition Fees, Duration and Eligibility 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MS(50 courses)
INR 13 L - 24 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE, TOEFL: 92 & Above
M.Sc.(36 courses)
INR 14 L - 19 L
Duration12-18 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE, GMAT: 620 & Above
MBA/PGDM(36 courses)
INR 14 L - 41 L
Duration12-18 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE, GMAT: 620 & Above
M.A.(40 courses)
INR 13 L - 18 L
Duration12-24 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, PTE, TOEFL: 100 & Above
B.A.(11 courses)
INR 8 L - 14 L
Duration36 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, PTE
BBA(3 courses)
Duration36 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 92 & Above
B.Sc.(4 courses)
INR 9 L - 14 L
Duration36 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE, TOEFL: 92 & Above
LL.M.(8 courses)
INR 15 L - 19 L
Duration12 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, PTE
B.J.M.C.(4 courses)
INR 11 L - 14 L
Duration36 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 92 & Above, PTE
M.Arch(1 course)
INR 15 L
Duration12 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, PTE
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Q:   I have 65% in 12th, am I eligible for admission in the University of Amsterdam?

Studying abroad isn't dependent on your 12th marks. You will have to pass IELTS or TOEFL to be eligible to apply first. Then your Economic background is checked. These are the basic procedures to study abroad if you are trying directly. There are so many other criteria too. I would suggest add more details like the subject you want, your english skills and family's economic condition.

Q:   What is the average GMAT score for the University of Amsterdam MBA?


The typical average GMAT score for Uni of Amsterdam is around 650 for an MBA. Other admission requirements for the university’s MBA course are given below:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Relevant work experience: A minimum of 3 years post-graduate full-time work experience
  • English language proficiency requirement
  • An international outlook
  • Personal skills and qualities

Q:   Who is eligible for MS Finance University of Amsterdam?


University of Amsterdam MSc in Finance admission requirements are given below:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Finance or a degree in Business Economics, Economics or Business Administration with a specialisation in Finance or Real Estate Finance
  • Make sure to meet the GPA requirements too
  • GMAT / GRE score
  • A motivation letter
  • A recommendation letter

Q:   What are the requirements for the University of Amsterdam MBA?


MBA admission requirements for Amsterdam University are given below:

  • The applicants are required to have a degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD) from a recognised research university
  • At least 3 years of postgraduate full-time work experience
  • GMAT / GRE score. Minimum GMAT score is 600
  • A minimum of TOEFL 100 / IELTS with 7.0 is required

Also Check: MBA in Netherlands


Q:   How can I apply to the University of Amsterdam MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics?


The University of Amsterdam MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics admission requirements:

  • The applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in Business Analytics, Econometrics or a closely related discipline
  • Also, the applicants are required to have proven knowledge of all the following topics at an advanced level: Linear Algebra, Probability and Mathematical Statistics, Calculus / Analysis
  • English language proficiency score
  • GRE score

For the selection, the average GPA, the GRE score, and motivation letter (Optional) is required. The minimum GRE score is 155 and preferably 158 in the Quantitative Reasoning section


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Students Ratings & Reviews

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Vibe of Campus
  • Academically oriented
  • Friendly
  • Liberal
  • Multi-dimensional
Student Views
  • 50% students never faced discrimination in this university
Part time work3.8
Post study jobs3.8
Quality of faculty4.7
Student Life4.8
Value for money4.3
Public transportation4.5
Indian Food4.3
Permanent Immigration4.2
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BSc Business Administration - Batch of 2025
Good student life manageable with academics.
Tips: I am very satisfied with the university. There are fewer contact hours than I expected so there is a lot of pressure to complete things on your own. There are no scholarships available. Renting a bike is the most cost-effective method of travelling throughout the city.
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MSc Artificial Intelligence - Batch of 2024
UvA is a very good research focused uni for AI with amazing profs and top notch course material.
Tips: Very good transition. Felt positive cultural shift. Your opinion is valued irrespective of your gender or race. UvA is very research-focused. With really hardworking students and professors. I love it here. Scholarship for UvA might be competitive and you require a good research profile for it.
Likes (Safety): Safety is not an issue at all. Amsterdam is generally an open welcoming city. And in university too you shall feel safe and accepted. Nobody treats you differently or in a racist manner. You are exposed to people from different backgrounds and cultures.
Dislikes (Post study jobs): Qualcomm, Booking. Com, ABN Amro, ING. are some of the places we get recruitment. Job roles such as machine learning engineer, data scientist. Package - 3k to 7k euros per month. Thesis fair is a good way to get connected to the industry. Good socially focused startups are there too. You can apply to companies outside Netherlands too.
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European Competition Law and Regulation (International and European Law) LLM - Batch of 2024
It is an amazing University, but Amsterdam is not so great to live in!
Tips: It is hard living alone in Amsterdam, more than the pressure from the University, the municipality and the cultural differences are vast. Like there are a lot of taxes that you would have to pay even though you are an international student. There are no on-campus houses, it is all off-campus but UvA helps you to get a house only for the first year. Earning from part time is a must, since living cost is extremely high.
Likes (Public transportation): The law school campus is in the middle of the city with both Tram and Metro connectivity. Still, bike (bicycle) is the preferred mode of transportation for all students. Public transport is a little costly, but still, there are options provided by the GVB (Public transport company) to reduce the cost, which works like a subscription plan.
Dislikes (Internships): The internship board of UvA doesn't provide with much options for non-dutch speakers, and the job market is very strict towards Dutch language proficiency despite the fact that there are many MNCs and English-speaking work environment. The internships for law are very less.
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Behavioural Economics and Game Theory (MSc Economics) - Batch of 2022
Great experience. Unique courses, fast paced, difficult but worthwhile.
Tips: There is always a cultural shift moving abroad but it was better here since it is such a diverse city and language barriers are minimal. Education level is higher and fast-paced than expected. Lots of learning and a great city to be living in according to me.
Likes (Permanent Immigration): You get an orientation year visa after completing your Masters to look for a job and once you do get one, you have the option of getting a PR within 5 years of living in the Netherlands. And 2-4 years post that, you can apply for citizenship in the country.
Dislikes (Part time work): Limited options on campus. There are multiple options off campus though, depending on your requirements/class timings etc. it is manageable to do it over the weekends. Tougher in the week but depends on the course. The average payout would be 12-14 euros an hour.
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MSc in Economics - Batch of 2022
Studying at UvA - Challenging yet rewarding
Tips: The UvA administration can be a bit lax so it can get frustrating at times but in the end, getting into the university and studying in Amsterdam is worth it. The education is top-notch and challenging. The culture is quite different from Indian universities. One is tested every week in the form of assignments and every month through exams. It is common to spend hours in the library with classmates and preparing assignments but if time is managed properly, it is possible to have fun too. I have learnt a great deal about time management after coming here. The economics course is very practical and challenging. Each assignment was designed in a way that challenged the students to think out of the box and was really rewarding.
Likes (Safety): Netherlands is a very safe country, for girls as well. The crime rate is quite low compared to other European countries. The student housing is pretty safe. I bike back home at 2-3 a.m. at night confidently. People and the Police in this country are also very helpful.
Dislikes (Permanent Immigration): One has to wait for 5 years to get permanent residence and also give the Dutch language exam. Hence, it might not be ideal for some people. The chances of permanent settlement after completing five years and taking the exam are not difficult at all. I would consider it.
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Q:   What are the career outcomes for MBA programme at University of Amsterdam?


For the MBA programme, the Career Partners team will support the students for the next career step. Some of the highlights for the MBA placements are given as follows:

  • It includes personal career coaching, skill training, and networking opportunities.
  • The MBA students who have used the university services are fully prepared to enter the Dutch job market.
  • In 2022, approximately 75% of the alumni had found a job before or within a month after graduation.
  • 2023 placement career outcomes will be revealed in the middle of the year which includes the 3 months placement rate and 6 months placement rate.

University of Amsterdam Rankings 2024

A++Overall University Grade
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Business EconomicsB+
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Q:   What are the global rankings of University of Amsterdam?


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is consistently ranked among the world’s best universities in global rankings. It is one of the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education Rankings, QS and Leiden Rankings. Some of the university global rankings are given as follows:

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US News Best Global Universities


QS World University Rankings


THE World University Rankings


Academic Ranking of World Universities



Q:   What is the ranking of University of Amsterdam in comparison to the University of Groningen?


University of Amsterdam is ranked at #60 according to the Times Higher Education Rankings 2023. The comparative rankings of University of Amsterdam and University of Groningen are given as follows:


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Studying in Netherlands

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Q:   Can I study in the Netherlands for free?


No, It’s not possible for International students to study in the Netherlands for free as there's no such tuition-free programme available for students. The best way to study in the Netherlands for free is to obtain a scholarship. There are various scholarship options for international students, with some excellent opportunities for non-EEA students.


Q:   Is Netherlands good for internationals students?


Netherlands is one of the popular study abroad destinations for international students. The country offers wide range of English programmes to students make it easy to communicate. The quality of Dutch Higher Education is well-recognized and universities offer quality education at an affordable tuition fees. Netherlands is one of the safest countries in the world as per Global Peace Index.


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Answered 6 days ago

University of Amsterdam is a competitive university to get into, as its acceptance rate stands at 4%. This figure tells us that only 4 out of every 100 applicants manage to get enrolled in the university, which is less than half of all the applicants. However, students must note get discouraged and


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University of Amsterdam is one of the most competitive universities to get into and thus, students must submit exceptional academic grades as well as excel in co-curricular activities. Apart from fulfilling the academic qualifications, some of the best practices that students can follow include acqu


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Answered 6 days ago

Amsterdam University boasts an extensive and inclusive community of students from all around the globe and diverse backgrounds. As of the academic year 2023-24, the total student enrollment of the university stands at more than 43,000. Out of these, the undergraduate student count is about 29,000 an


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TU Delft acceptance rate stands at 50%, which makes it a moderately selective university to get into. In comparison with the University of Amsterdam acceptance rate of 4%, the Delft University of Technology can be considered lesser selective in their admission criteria. As listed, getting into TU De


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In order to secure an admission, all overseas applicants must fulfill certain University of Amsterdam admission requirements listed below:


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