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Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA)

Universiteit van Amsterdam, Postbus 19268, 1000 Gg Amsterdam, THE Netherlands
3.99 / 5 based on 438 reviews.
In 1632 the Athenaeum Illustre was founded in Amsterdam to educate students in Trade and Philosophy. As the establishment was not a proper university yet, lessons were generally given at the professors' homes. Until the nineteenth small institution with no more than 1877, the situation changed when the Athenaeum Illustre became the Universiteit van Amsterdam and was permitted to confer the highest educational degrees. Read more

88% of students recommend
438 reviews
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Don't freak out! You have tough moments, but that's how life is. And that's what you do there, you fully live (and, also work!Dutch teachers are demanding!)it is not just fun.. Read Review
clemrob, France

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by Milena, Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Linguistics, Independent
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: corridor room
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: corridor room
Why? It is a great advantage to live together with other students. You emeditly have a social network through the common situation. I met a lot of new friends through my year in a student accomodation. Highly recommendable.
Personal comments:
The housing at the UvA is in particular arranged for Master students. Most of them get a prety nice (and expensive) room. But there also are less nice and equally expensive accomodations, but in the end, the quality of the housing depends on the people you live with. In general I can say that most of the students were happy to have a place to stay at all and some places are really well located.
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by Carlos, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Communication and Information Sciences, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Living in Amsterdam is an experience itself. Wandering around the city is enough to enjoy it. Anyway, I strongly recommend to buy a bike and use it to go around. But take care of thieves! You should also buy a couple of good lockers to prevent your bike from being stolen when parked. The tram is also a good mean of transport. It goes everywhere and it is not expensive (as far as I remember). Obviously, there are some visits you are supposed to do: Dam Square, the heart of the city with the Royal Palace in one side; the famous Red Light District, which is more a touristic atraction than a neighbourhood of prostitution; a Coffe Shop, where joints are available in a menu (as in a restaurant)... A boat trip trough the canals is really worth it and nightlife is everywhere in the center of the city. Beyond nightlife, I must say that Amsterdam is a very cultural place. Its museums are excellent (Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Riks...) and it has also big and relaxing green areas to practice sports or just walking. Most of the people speak English and they are friendly to help visitors. There are plenty of Indonesian restaurants because Indonesia was a former dutch colony. You can try some of them but the food is very spicy. And don't miss the traditional pancake!
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by Temitope, Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria
Economics, International Master Program
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I recommend that my university should try to add a dutch introductory course to the curriculum of their international programs for an added advantage of studying in a country with another language and to help eliminate the feeling of a stranger in public places as a result of having a knowledge of the local language.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
Well, I will susgest that the university should try to have more english version of their academic events like discussions, career fair and so on, for the benefit of international students.

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by clemence, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle: Paris III, Paris, France
European Studies, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Did not speak it
Personal comments:
there is no need to speak Dutch to go to Holland, they all speak an amazing English. The hardest thing is to stand hearing the Dutch language which is far from being the most beautiful language in the world;) Apart from that, speaking English with other international students do not especially improve your vocabulary, just your fluency, or easiness. Basically, we just 1000 words, it's a basci English. SO, practice and keep learning by yourself, because you need to be more subtle in your academic papers!
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by isis, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne: Paris I, Paris, France
Banking, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
- housing was clearly not cheap, but since I come from Paris it was still cheaper for me to live in Amsterdam. Nightlife: coming from Paris, it also seemed very cheap to me.
Food, Travel: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Overall: was the same price as at home.
Housing, Nightlife: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Furniture: in Amsterdam, you can easilly find furniture in the street (for free) of course it's in a bad state but when you spend 10 months in a student room, you're happy to have a free sofa, bedside table, armchair... Tip: instead of buying food in the supermarkets such as AlbertHeijn (expenseive) rather go to markets.
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by Gavin, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Political Science, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
have plenty money saved; live in a shared apartment; choose subjects other than what you have studied at your home uni- the range of subjects on offer was fantastic, the political science and urban studies courses were superb
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
if you are considering erasmus or an exchange you must go to Amstersdam Uni- the experience is one you'll never forget


take plenty money or have it saved- you end up traveling more than you expect! be prepared to share your room, i was apprehensive at first but it worked really well and saved me a great deal of money the study is important but I gained a great deal form the social experience and the people I met
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