University of Amsterdam


The University of Amsterdam was first established by the municipal authorities in 1632 and is the third oldest University in the Netherlands. The University offers studies in about seven faculties, and almost all of them are in English. These faculties may include Law, Humanities, Science, Economics, etc.

The University of Amsterdam had over 7,900 scientific publications in 2010. It is among the most prominent research universities in Europe. This institute spends over 100 million EUR on research annually via direct funding. In addition, 23 million EUR are through indirect funding and commercial partner funds around 49 million EUR. Research here is organised into 28 research institutes which focus on 15 research priority areas within the faculty which oversee this research.

Central Library UBA is an extensive library of the University of Amsterdam. Here you can find precious works and rare collections from the Manuscript and Writing Museum, Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana on old Jewish history and culture, and Department documentation on Social Movements. This library contains over 4 million books, 500,000 letters, 70,000 manuscripts and 125,000 maps.


The University of Amsterdam hosts about 40,000 students in different programs. It includes around 8,000 international students from 100 countries worldwide.

This University's student organisations organise athletic, cultural and academic activities. The University of Amsterdam provides religious services, career counselling, disability services, health services and International Student Network (ISN).

USC (University Sports Center) offers over 50 sports activities, including tennis, Ice skating, aerobics, rowing, dancing, swimming, skiing and even golf.


The University tries to accommodate all students. Although the University provides on-campus residence, it is not possible to facilitate everyone. The University of Amsterdam collaborates with various non-profit housing corporations that offer apartment-style accommodations in a single room with shared facilities and spaces. Note that the University does not own these organisations. As for off-campus residence, there is not much housing nearby. So, it can be a bit difficult. Recently the institute has been in talks with the municipality regarding the issue, and hopefully, it will be resolved soon.


The University is by far the best higher education institute in the Netherlands. It is placed among the top 20 universities in Europe. Following are some global rankings of the University of Amsterdam.

  • By QS World Ranking, the University of Amsterdam is ranked 55.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of Amsterdam is ranked 65.
  • U.S. New and World Report ranks the University of Amsterdam at 40.
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities, University of Amsterdam ranks between 101-150.
  • Leiden Rankings System rank the University of Amsterdam at 82.


University of Amsterdam
1012 WX Amsterdam, Netherland

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