The VU and you

The Faculty of Humanities provides a wide range of Bachelor’s and (research) Master’s degrees, as well as an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE).

All education in the Faculty of Humanities is personal: students work in small groups, allowing a lot of interaction with fellow students and teachers. Within the degree programmes there is plenty space for individual choice and development, and students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a societal context. Academic challenges, active teaching methods and high-quality supervision are important elements of an education in the faculty, with current world issues and the major scientific questions playing an important role.

Prospective students

Studying at VU University Amsterdam means looking further. Whatever your subject area, at VU University you will look further than knowledge alone. Further than what is immediately apparent. Further than the limits of your study programme. It means studying with an open mind. It means looking at society and what happens there.

Orientation Days

The VU organizes a range of orientation events in order to help you make the right decision.

Why study at VU Amsterdam?

VU Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university. With more than 23,000 students, we conduct cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. VU Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four major themes reflecting its strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society.

University campus and facilities

VU university’s central campus of today in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district features all facilities for teaching and research. It is also an easily accessible metropolitan meeting place thanks to its Zuidas location in the immediate vicinity of Schiphol Airport. Being a true part of Amsterdam, VU University is an international community that works together with knowledge partners, civil society and business.

Academic and personal advice

If you run into problems during your studies, or you need personal advice, then the VU and the Faculty of Humanities can provide you with assistance in a number of ways.

Extracurricular activities

When you’re not busy studying, why not join a study association, or enjoy one of the many cultural, sporting and social activities?

Student council

If you are interested in discussing issues related to education and in helping to make decisions on such issues, then why not become a member of the student council?

International Student Ambassadors

Have a question for a current student? Curious about everyday life in Amsterdam, from our campus to the food, music and events going on throughout the city? Want to know how much homework you will have each night, or how the Dutch educational system differs from your own? Ask one of our VU Ambassadors! They would love to answer your questions by sharing their personal experiences of living and studying at VU Amsterdam.