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Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA) reviews

446 reviews
4.06 / 5 based on 446 reviews
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Milena
Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Linguistics, Graduate, Independent
Universiteit van Amsterdam
5.0/5
Languages
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 the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Amsterdam is a very international city. nglish is spoken almost everywhere, which makes it hard to learn Dutch.
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Milena
Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Linguistics, Graduate, Independent
Universiteit van Amsterdam
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
The prices for food and housing in Amsterdam are just very high. In addition to that is there more night life offered which is tempting.
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Overall, Housing, Nightlife, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Milena
Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Linguistics, Graduate, Independent
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The University of Amsterdam offers a wide range of (Master) courses in English. It therefore is a good place to study abroad, but it is not necessary to lear a total new language first.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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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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Milena
Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Linguistics, Graduate, Independent
Universiteit van Amsterdam
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Highly recommendable is the Café De 2 Prinsen on the corner Prinsengracht/Prinsenstraat. It is a student place for mainly Dutch student (good place to meet locals) and they give student reduction on beer and wine and have a good selection of music. Small but very cosy and nice.
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Milena
Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Linguistics, Graduate, Independent
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3.8/5
Housing
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.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
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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