VU Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university. We provide an inspirational educational setting in which our students can develop their potential to the full. The programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to study and the teaching staff are easily accessible.
Quality of education
We have a sterling reputation for the fine quality of our 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.
Private or public?
VU Amsterdam is 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.
Dutch education system
The overall quality of Dutch higher education is among the best in the world. No other country has the same percentage of universites in the top 200. The Dutch higher education sector makes a distinction between universities of applied sciences and research universities. VU Amsterdam is one of 14 research universities in the Netherlands that offer an academic education and Master’s degree programmes.
VU Amsterdam is fully recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a research university. All degree programmes at VU 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.