VU University Amsterdam

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As a student of VU University Amsterdam, you stand to benefit from all the advantages offered by the capital. In just over fifteen minutes you are in the lively centre of Amsterdam, where there are numerous shops, places of entertainment, parks, and pavement cafes.

VU University Amsterdam was the first university in the Netherlands established by a private person, with no interference from the church or the state. This heritage is still very much part of who we are: VU stands for Vrije Universiteit, which translates literally as 'Free University.' From the very beginning, the university has determined its own areas of research, created its own study programmes and practised its own didactic methods.

Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.

VU University Amsterdam is a state-funded research university with about 23,000 students and 2,500 academic staff. With almost 60 Bachelor’s degree programmes and over 100 Master’s degree programmes, VU University Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options.

The programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to study and the teaching staff are easily accessible. VU University Amsterdam provides an inspirational educational setting in which students from the Netherlands and abroad can develop their potential to the full.


VU University offers a wide range of excellent facilities including computer workstation, a large library, Café and Restaurants, Wi-Fi and Sport Centre.

Tuition Fees:

Annual tuition fees are €1,835 for the academic year 2013/2014.

Entry Requirements:

VU University’s aim is to make IBA’s student population a balanced mix of international and Dutch students. In order to do so, IBA is a 'numerus fixus' study program. This means a maximum of 150 students per year will be allowed to start. To ensure an international student population environment, international students are given priority to enter the program if they apply through the decentralized selection procedure.

For further information, please visit VU's IBA course page.

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