University of Amsterdam Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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    The University of Amsterdam ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. As per the QS 2022 rankings, the institute ranks #55 in the world and amongst the top 15 in Europe. The UvA offers 200+ degree courses across 7 faculties. Some of the popular University of Amsterdam courses include Psychology, Communication and Media Studies, Medicine, Sociology, and Linguistics.

    The university comprises four campuses, housing 38,940 UG and PG students, 3,000 PhD students, 6,000 staff. As for the main campus, University of Amsterdam is at the heart of a network of scientific universities, university partners, and public and private institutions in the Netherlands. Check: Reviews on University of Amsterdam

    UvA has multiple scholarship programs catering to international students such as Amsterdam Merit Scholarship, Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship, etc. The University of Amsterdam graduates draw a handsome salary between 41,000 to 131,000 EUR. The highest paying degree at UvA is the Executive Masters program.

    University of Amsterdam Rankings

    The University of Amsterdam world ranking is:

    • #55 in QS Global World Ranking in 2022.
    • #66 in the list of World University Rankings in 2021 by THE.
    • #40 by U.S. News and World Report in 2021.
    • #83 by CWUR world ranking 2020.
    • #101-150 in ARWU by Shanghai Rankings (ARWU) in 2020

    University of Amsterdam Highlights

    Application Portal StudentLink
    University Type Public University
    Campus Setting Urban
    Establishment Year 1632
    Percentage of international students 4%
    Students' staff ratio 12:4
    Languages English and Dutch
    GMAT/GRE Required
    No.of Campuses 4
    Intake Type Semester wise
    Financial AId Scholarships and loans

    University of Amsterdam Campus and Accommodation

    The University of Amsterdam has four open city campuses- City Centre, Science Park, Amsterdam Medical Centre, Roeterseiland Campus.

    • One of the largest science campuses in Europe. A hub for research innovation and entrepreneurship, with major research institutions,120 companies and spin-offs, University Sports Center and the Amsterdam University College.
    • This campus is the intellectual heart of the city and hosts the Humanities Faculty with its broad range of disciplines. It is also home to the University Library, which is a great place to study and work on projects.
    • Home to the Faculties of Economics and Business, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Law. A place where traditional boundaries disappear and discussions on social issues take place. Also home to CREA, the student cultural organization.


    The University of Amsterdam has high-quality accommodation in convenient and secure locations. The costs include heating, lighting, and fuel costs.

    Room Type Cost per month (EURO)
    Shared room 410
    Private room with shared facilities 410-600
    Private room 500-850
    Couple Room 600-850

    University of Amsterdam Admission

    International students are admitted at a rate of 4% at the University of Amsterdam. These students must meet the minimum eligibility criteria, which range from academic achievement in English proficiency.

    Application Portal: StudentLink
    Application Fee: Varies
    Supporting Document

    • Academic transcript equal to Dutch VWO diploma or HBO propedeuse certificate.
    • Motivational letter
    • Scores for English proficiency.
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Visa
    • Copy of Passport
    • English ProficiencyTest Score
    • Letter of recommendation

    Admission Deadline

    Programs Deadlines
    Liberal Arts & Sciences 1 February
    Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics 1 March
    Non-EU/EEA citizens (Other Programs) 1 April
    EU/EEA citizens (Other Programs) 1 May

    University of Amsterdam Cost of Attendance

    All programs are subject to a 300 EUR registration fee and 2,200 EUR deposit, which is offset against the last term’s fees. They will guide you into the best combination of academic modules for your intended degree.

    Tuition fee

    Date Tuition Fee (in EUR) Degree Starting in
    14 Sep 2020- 06 June 2021 17,985 September 2021 (UG)
    05 Jan 2021-13 August 2021 17,985 September 2021 (UG)
    24 Aug 2020-9 July 2021 18,285 September 2021 (PG)

    Cost of Living

    Expenses Cost per month (EUR)
    Accommodation 350 - 800
    General living expenses 400 - 500
    Insurance 35 - 100
    Books 50 - 100
    Public transport (optional) 50 - 100

    Also Check: Cost of Living in Netherlands

    University of Amsterdam Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam offers a number of scholarships to its international students who have a strong academic background, expertise, ambition, and a strong interest in the program of study. Some scholarships cover the full tuition fee and others provide a fixed amount. Student applications can be sent to the graduate school admissions offices.

    Some of the popular scholarships to study in the Netherlands offered to international students are –

    • Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship
    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarship
    • Faculty specific scholarship
    • Amsterdam University Fund

    International students can also apply for scholarships that are specific to their faculty. This includes scholarships such as the

    • Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship,
    • The Orange Tulip Scholarship, and the
    • Mr. Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund Scholarship.

    University of Amsterdam Alumni

    The Development & Alumni Relations Office at the University of Amsterdam organises a variety of events and programs for over 200,000 registered UvA alumni.

    • It will keep you up-to-date with news and events of interest to alumni,
    • Opportunities for all kinds of educational and vocational training.
    • It also helps you to keep in contact with former classmates and lecturers.

    Notable Alumni of the University:

    • Tobias Asser, 1911 Nobel Prize for Peace
    • Christiaan Eijkman, 1929 Nobel Prize for Medicine
    • Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, 1901 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    • Johannes Diderik van der Waals, 1910 Nobel Prize for Physics
    • Pieter Zeeman, 1902 Nobel Prize for Physics

    University of Amsterdam Placement

    The UvA Job Board is the job finding site for UvA students to work in the Netherlands after graduation. Internships, work while studying in the Netherlands and full-time jobs are posted on a regular basis. Students can use the job board for two years after graduation as well.

    The highest package of University of Amsterdam alumni & graduates are those who have jobs in Legal, Finance, Media & Advertising, IT with as high as 1,30,000 annually.

    Graduates & Alumni Salaries by Degree

    Degree Average Salary (EUR)
    Executive Masters 113,000
    MBA 105,000
    LLM 99,000
    Masters in Management 83,000
    Executive MBA 82,000
    BA Arts 41,000

    The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' third-oldest university. Alumni of the university include Nobel Laureates and five Netherlands prime ministers. The University of Amsterdam has been ranked in the world's best 100 universities.

    The university is accredited by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, which awards accreditation to universities that follow a national set of legislation and quality assurance measures.


    Q: How many destinations can someone choose?

    A: The candidate may choose one destination per application per round.

    If an application is rejected, then the candidate can change the destination in the second or third round

    Q: Will marks be counted if failed in any subject?

    A: No, for counting of average marks they must pass the candidate either in the first result or retake.

    Q: What are the chances of any candidate being placed on the Global Exchange program?

    A: It’s not that easy to predict as it depends on factors like the number of candidates who applied for the destination, the number of seats available in the destination, etc.

    Q: Can subjects be changed after submission of the application?

    A: Yes, it can change the subjects after the submission of the application. Even sometimes it can change the subjects in the first weeks of the semester

    Q: How should the Course Request List be filled?

    A: Course Request List is the list in which they wanted courses to be chosen.

    Select more subjects than you actually want as a Full-time Course.

    Q: In which round is it best to be selected?

    A: It is best to be selected in the first round, as it would give you more options related to courses and destinations. Courses and Destinations in the second and third round are lesser than the first round.

    Q: Can I be selected for an Exchange program with 100 ECTs credit?

    A: Students in UvA must have 120 ECTs Credit for being a beginner at the exchange program.

    But if you are Student at the Faculty of Economics and Business, you need to have just 90 ECTs credits to be a beginner at the exchange.

    Q: How to know what courses are available?

    A: Courses differ by each University and faculty.

    You can search for courses available by web searching terms such as 'Course overview', 'Course Catalogue', 'Subject List’.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    September (1st Jun 2021)
    $47,880 /Yr
    M.Sc Computer Science
    February (1st Feb 2022)
    September (1st Apr 2022)
    $18,132 /Yr
    B.Sc Business Administration
    September (15th Jan 2022)
    $11,340 /Yr
    B.Sc Economics and Business Economics
    September (1st Apr 2022)
    $11,340 /Yr

    Master of Business Administration [M.B.A]

    1 year
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 47,880/Yr
    Ranked #65 out of 1200 by THE Global Ranking 2022
    Exam Scores: TOEFL100|IELTS7.0|GMAT630
    Application Deadline: 01 Jun, 2021
    USD 18,132/Yr
    Ranked #45 out of 600 by QS Global Ranking 2020
    Exam Scores: TOEFL100|IELTS7.0|GRE298|PTE69
    Application Deadline: 01 Feb, 2022
    USD 19,272/Yr
    Exam Scores: TOEFL100|IELTS7.0|GRE298|PTE69
    Application Deadline: 31 Jan, 2022
    USD 20,754/Yr
    USD 25,719/Yr
    Ranked #194 out of 500 by QS Global Ranking 2019
    Exam Scores: TOEFL100|IELTS7.0|GRE298|PTE69
    Application Deadline: 31 Jan, 2022


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    7.7 /10

    Amsterdam is a very vibrant city. The Dutch culture is very open and welcoming, and it's ideal for international students. Therefore, I went on a search with the help of a consultancy, which helped me get into the University of Amsterdam. I went on to fill the online application from the portal. The campus, students, faculty, all in all, it was the right decision made.

    Fees :

    Being an international student, I paid an amount of €9,285 as a part of my tuition fee. Apart from costs for books and other study materials, the cost varied approximately €200 to €400.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    6 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    4.5 /10

    I wanted a small school with good Political Science connections. Touro offers gold internships and great professors for the political science department. It is also an affordable school with a good location.

    Fees :

    There is tuition and other tech fees and then if you dorm there are dorm costs plus other fees. They also charge for graduation.

    6 /10 academic/food
    5 /10 faculty
    4 /10 infrastructure
    3 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    2 /10 extracurricular

    Test Scores For International Applicants

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    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $13,200 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $19,272 / Year

    Schools, Faculties & Campuses


    Amsterdam Business School

    Address: Plantage Muidergracht 12, 1018 TV Amsterdam
    Spui 21 1012 WX Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Nearby This Campus

    • Train Station
    • Book Store
    • Shopping Mall
    • Restaurant
    • Airport

    Train Station

    Amsterdam Science Park0.59 km
    Diemen1.38 km
    Amsterdam Muiderpoort1.76 km
    Amsterdam Amstel2.74 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Shopping Diemerplein1.60 km
    Oostpoort1.71 km
    Dappermarkt1.96 km
    mall IJburg2.37 km
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    Meneer Nieges5.55 km
    Taxiworld5.85 km
    Helipad Amsterdam UMC6.98 km

    Book Store

    Bruna1.59 km
    Linnaeus Bookstore1.79 km
    Erasmus Bookstore1.82 km
    Dieter Schierenberg B.V.3.77 km
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    Hotel Arena2.71 km
    Hotel ibis Amsterdam Centre Stopera3.64 km
    Eden Hotel Amsterdam4.06 km
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center4.32 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary


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