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Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA) reviews

446 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
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
plenty of opportunity to learn dutch- courses offered by the uni, able to spend time with native students who were willing to help
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Gavin
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
greater opportunity for nights out and travel
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Travel, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Housing, Telephone, Food:
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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Gavin
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
i found the choice of courses excellent, both varied and stimulating
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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
no- the international school was first class
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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
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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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Gavin
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
the student union, cafe havelaar, club Nasty, cocos outback, gollum
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Gavin
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universiteit van Amsterdam
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
contact with other international students and felt part of the city instead of just the uni
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
the housing with the private company was excellent- problems were resolved quickly and the room was of a high standard
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