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University of Amsterdam

The UvA's quality assurance system serves a number of important purposes. The UvA's key priorities may change to reflect new external requirements. The UvA's quality assurance system is designed to ensure that the University maintains best practices and continually assesses whether there is a need for improvement or adjustment.

Short Courses

Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



On 8 January 1632, Gerardus Vossius opened the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam, with his inaugural lecture ‘De historiae utilitate’. The next day, Caspar Barlaeus gave his famous lecture on the wise merchant, ‘Mercator Sapiens’. 


Quality of education is important to us. We invest in teaching, staff, facilities and service departments.

Our main goals: 

  • increase in successful completion of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes;
  • emphasis on academic development;
  • integration of education and research during the Bachelor’s and Master’s phases;
  • a more ambitious academic culture;
  • room for both differentiation and specialisation
The key aspects of the quality of education:
  • further improvement of study success during the Bachelor’s and Master’s phases;
  • emphasis on academic development;
  • linking teaching and research in the Bachelor’s and Master's phases;
  • more ambitious academic culture;
  • room for both differentiation and specialisation.


  • The University of Amsterdam is a leading international research institution that values, promotes and rewards excellent research.
  • The University of Amsterdam is a leading international research institution that values, promotes and rewards excellent research.
  • The UvA is a first-class research university. To sustain and build on this position, the UvA has designated 20 fields in which it wishes to actively foster further development.
  • Find out about UvA research in the field of artificial intelligence: new algorithms, practical applications and their impact on society.


With over 6,000 employees and 3,000 PhD researchers, the UvA is one of Amsterdam's largest employers. We offer an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Student services

Student Services offers information, advice or support regarding your registration as a student and other matters which concern studying at the UvA or student life in general. If we cannot help you, we will always refer you to a department or faculty which can. Student Services consists of several student support services.

Library services

During exam time, the Library offers extra study spaces. On campus lecture rooms are available for studying. Need longer for your study? The Library has extended opening hours. If you would like to study at the library in the evenings or during the weekends, do not forget to bring your student, employee or library card. UKB card holders have no access in the evenings and during weekends.

ICT services

As a UvA student, you have access to the UvA’s wireless network at various UvA buildings and in lecture and study rooms.

Medical services

UvA students can seek medical treatment at the Student Medical Service, where doctors are available with specific knowledge of student life. Visit a student doctor if you are sick, feeling down or have other health concerns. You are also welcome if you need a prescription, a lab test or a vaccination.

Student Life

Campus life

The UvA has four campuses located across Amsterdam. Some classes are in quaint old buildings overlooking the canals, others in high-tech laboratories.

Sports facilities

There’s more to university life than work and study! Take advantage of all that the UvA has to offer, from art courses to sports activities and public lectures. It’s a great way to meet others in the UvA community.

Student clubs

Amsterdam has a thriving student community with various student associations. There are plenty of associations and activities for students to participate in alongside their studies.


The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) is the official, independent body that monitors and guards the University of Amsterdam's quality assurance system.

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