On 8 January 1632, Gerardus Vossius opened the Athenaeum Illustre, the predecessor of the University of Amsterdam, with his inaugural lecture ‘De historiae utilitate’ (On the usefulness of history). The next day, Caspar Barlaeus gave his famous lecture on the wise merchant, ‘Mercator Sapiens’.
Explore the University of Amsterdam (UvA) – a leading European university reflecting the innovative and international culture of Amsterdam. Choose from 200+ degree programmes.
Research is at the heart of what we do. Nearly 3,000 researchers carry out experimental and theoretical research, and every UVA student has the chance to carry out research themselves.
You can get started on your own. Occasionally, however, you just need some fresh perspective. Our careers advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre are happy to help and offer a constructive chat, feedback, inspiration and information about your study and employment options.
The University Library is located in a number of buildings all over Amsterdam. Apart from the central University Library (UB) on the Singel there are individual faculty libraries, and together they hold around four million volumes and a large collection of manuscripts.
As a UvA student, you will be able to make use of online and offline study facilities. Your UvA student card and UvAnetID will give you access to these study facilities and more.
In case you have a medical condition which could pose a problem during your studies, at fieldwork, during excursions, or something that you think is important to inform the program coordinator about, it is important to report this with the university medical health services doctor.
The UvA has four campuses located across Amsterdam. Some classes are in quaint old buildings overlooking the canals, others in high-tech laboratories.
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.
Accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS, the Amsterdam School of Economics is part of a select group with a 'Triple Crown'.
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