Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 120 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students and staff of 78 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. With more than 23,000 students, of which 3000 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society.

Quality of education

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) has a sterling reputation for the fine quality of its teaching. You work in relatively small groups, in which considerable emphasis is placed on interaction and a personal approach. The teaching is well-organized. This is reflected, for instance, in the clear structure of the study programmes.

Lively Amsterdam

The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. As a student of VU 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. Amsterdam is safe and English is widely spoken.

Personal supervision

VU Amsterdam devotes considerable attention to personal study advice. Right at the start of your course of study, you will be introduced to your programme’s study advisor. This person will offer you advice about any problems that you might have with your course of study, and answer questions about the job market.

Unique identity

VU 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.

Easily accessible

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is readily accessible by public transport. Schiphol Airport is only eight minutes away by train. Amsterdam Zuid Station is within walking distance of VU University Amsterdam. There is also a rapid tram connection to Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station, with a journey time of just sixteen minutes. VU Amsterdam is also easy to reach by car, being situated close to Amsterdam’s orbital motorway.

University campus

Almost all of our students, staff and programmes are located on campus: a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam. Accordingly, in the course of your studies, it is very easy to familiarize yourself with other disciplines.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is fully recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a research university. All degree programmes at VU University Amsterdam are either accredited by or in the process of being accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders. This body was established by international treaty and guarantees the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium through the accreditation of study programmes.

Types of programmes

VU Amsterdam offers four types of programmes:

  • Bachelor’s degree programmes (leading to BA/LLB/BSc)
  • Master’s degree programmes (leading to MA/LLM/MSc/MPhil)
  • PhD/Doctorate programmes (leading to PhD/Doctorate)
  • Non-degree programmes (Study Abroad & Exchange/ Summer School)


A number of scholarship programmes exist for international Master’s students.

VU Fellowship Programme

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in a selection of Master’s programmes at VU University.


VU Amsterdam is a traditional Dutch university presided over by an Executive Board (three members), and has 10 faculties directly under the Executive Board. Each faculty provides one or more Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree programmes and carries out research. They are all organized differently, but most have a board, a central staff and several departments and graduate schools. The university also has a number of service departments, of which the International Office is one, and there a number of interdisciplinary research institutes.

Private or public?

VU Amsterdam is one of 14 public universities which are recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education and is therefore partially government-funded. Under the Dutch system, the government subsidizes recognized universities on the basis of their student numbers and also sets limits and guidelines for the tuition fees that these universities are allowed to charge. This ensures access to quality higher education for all Dutch citizens, rich or poor. VU Amsterdam welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

VU International Office Services

  • Visa/residence permit

Find out if you require a visa/residence permit and how this will be arranged.

  • Accommodation

Information on accommodation at VU Amsterdam.

  • Registration at the municipality

When you have arrived in the Netherlands you must register with the municipality. Find out what you need to do.

  • Introduction activities

After your arrival, numerous introductory activities will take place at VU Amsterdam.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master in Business Administration: Digital Innovation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

This Master’s specialization will provide you with a firm understanding of the challenges posed by the increasingly knowledge-intensive nature of... [+]

Digital Innovation

This Master’s specialization will provide you with a firm understanding of the challenges posed by the increasingly knowledge-intensive nature of organizing and developing business. It will help you appreciate the value of innovative organizational arrangements and emerging technologies in meeting these challenges. The field of information and knowledge management is by definition multidisciplinary. It involves insights and practices from Management Studies, Information Systems, Strategy, HRM, Marketing, Innovation, Technology, Psychology and Sociology. In the programme, you will focus on a broad range of information and knowledge processes, both internal and external to the organization.... [-]

Master in Business Administration: Management Consulting

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The specialization in Management Consulting will prepare you for these challenges by equipping you with the tools you need to succeed in this exciting field and... [+]

Management Consulting

The Management Consulting specialization of the Master’s Programme in Business Administration takes one year to complete. It is worth 60 credits and it is taught entirely in English. Besides focusing on your own individual studies and attending lectures, you will work in small groups based on activating learning methods, where you learn to write and present projects, study international real-life cases and conduct small-scale research. Each subject is assessed on the basis of individual interim examination scores and the result of an individual or group assignment. There are six courses that are specific to this specialization. You will take four of them from September until December and the other two courses in the winter and spring. There is also a required ethics course and a research seminar. During the final phase of the programme, you will organize and conduct an independent scientific research project which will serve as the basis for your Master’s thesis. You will enjoy the close supervision of our expert staff while you write your thesis.... [-]

Master in Business Administration: Strategy & Organization

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s specialization in Strategy & Organization is a one-year programme worth 60 credits. The curriculum is divided into six periods and consists of... [+]

Strategy & Organization

The Master’s specialization in Strategy & Organization is a one-year programme worth 60 credits. The curriculum is divided into six periods and consists of courses focusing on key topics, research methods and business ethics. You are free to take a number of optional subjects and you can count on expert supervision to help you complete your Master’s thesis.Period 1 focuses on the challenges of international management and the strategic design and control of organizations. By using a case analysis to explore these challenges, you discover how to make strategic decisions yourself.Period 2 gives you the opportunity to study these issues in greater depth. For instance, you examine how organizations use boundary-spanning activities, such as alliances, mergers and acquisitions, to obtain and sustain their competitive advantage. In this period, you also have the opportunity to select an optional course of your choice.In Period 3 you become acquainted with ethical issues in business and a variety of research methods. These courses help prepare you to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research projects.Period 4 enables you to further develop your research skills. Moreover, it features a course on strategic and organizational change, offering you a dynamic perspective on strategy and organization. In addition, you will write a research proposal that forms the basis for your Master’s thesis.In Periods 5 and 6 you will conduct your empirical research and write your Master’s thesis. You may also take another optional course in Period 5.... [-]

Master in Business Administration: Transport & Supply Chain Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Transport & Supply Chain Management specialization offers a unique combination of education in transport economics and in supply chain management. The main... [+]

Transport & Supply Chain Management

The Transport & Supply Chain Management specialization offers a unique combination of education in transport economics and in supply chain management. The main focus of our programme is on professional services industries, making this an unrivalled degree specialization in the Netherlands and in Europe.

Study programme

The one-year programme consists of 60 ECTS and is divided into six periods. In period 1, all theoretical concepts in relation to Transport & Supply Chain Management will be discussed. Period 2 has been developed to deepen this knowledge by teaching you how to design supply chains using quantitative research methods such as simulation. In period 3, you will tackle decision problems in real-life supply chains or transportation networks by applying the knowledge you obtained in the previous periods.The Research Seminar TSCM in period 4 presents an overview of relevant research methods in the area of transport and supply chain management. Furthermore, you will take at least one of the two courses on Airline Business or Distribution Logistics & Inter-organizational Systems in period 4, along with a specialization course. You will write your Master’s thesis in periods 5 and 6, either on a Transport-related subject or on a subject related to Supply Chain Management.... [-]


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VU University Amsterdam International Master Programs


VU University Amsterdam

Address De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam 1081 HV, Netherlands
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