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Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA) reviews

81 Overall Reviews
4.06 / 5 based on 446 reviews
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Gavin
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
4.3/5
Overall
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
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
if you are considering erasmus or an exchange you must go to Amstersdam Uni- the experience is one you'll never forget
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
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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Milena
Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Linguistics, Graduate, Independent
Universiteit van Amsterdam
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish to had known that you have to apply for the Dutch courses in the beginning very quickly.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
As far as I can judge from the experience that my fellow students made is the University of Amsterdam overall a very recommendable exchange and Master university. But make sure to check if the courses you want to attend also really correspod to what you want to do.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Amsterdam is very centrally located. A trip to Utrecht, which is a very nice and cosy city, takes max. 30 minutes by train. Use the closeness to the sea in the summer. Zandfoort op Zee is also only 30 minutes by train away.
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Jordi
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I think it would have been better if I had learned a bit of Dutch before coming here. It would have allowed me to integrate easily in the local comunity and to understand more their culture
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
They could try harder to improve contact between foreign and local students
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
You should face the Erasmus experience with a very opened mentality. You should be open to talk to very different people. One of the most amazing things Erasmus has is that it gives you the possibility of meeting very diverse people, which is quite difficult in your country.
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Irene
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really, I could handle the new environment pretty well...
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
The campus of the UvA are spread through out the city, be prepared to bike!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Holland is a small country: you can discover many cities on one day trips. Night life in Amsterdam is great and there are lots of museums, markets, etc. You can also travel in Europe since they are centrally located. Be prepared to go everywhere by bike: rain, snow...doesn't matter! It's really fun :) But most of all, be open minded to learn new things about other cultures and languages.
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clemence
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle: Paris III, Paris, France
European Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
well, no big surprises!! you just have to like company a lot, because you're always surrounded with other international students!
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Try to look at the courses from the ISHSS. They have more choice and you can get to them through the UvA. I actually followed my courses there.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
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..
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marianne_reber
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I should have been aware of the fact how difficult it is to find accomodation in Amsterdam. The university is not of great help. I won my room by the university room lottery (so I was just very lucky) , but could not stay there for the whole year. On the private market it is very hard to find something and there are many people who try to fool you
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Everything is a little bit unorganised, but most people are willing to help you . The relationship with the professors is very personal and friendly.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Get yourself a BIG lock for the bike Don't arrive too late in Amsterdam in order to find yourself accomodation It is no bad idea to gete yourself the museumscard and the train kortingskaart when you stay in the Netherlands for a year: it is worth it.
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