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3.97 / 5 based on 187 reviews
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Great educational prospects, poor social/traditional aspects
Abgar H
Law, International, 2025
Vrije Universiteit approaches many studies with innovative approach.  Specifically, my course (Law in Society) is seen as a way of preparing a 'modern lawyer', concentrating on the understanding of the principles and development of the law, with introduction to a myriad of disciplines within legal profession. Undeniably, it provides a plethora of skills, and does it with efficiency. In the short span of my educational experience in this institution, I have learned a great amount about law, and I already feel somewhat knowledgable in the field. This palpable improvement further invigorates me to continue my education. However, the main issue with this institution, from my perspective, is the lack of societies/clubs. While VU is the home of one of the biggest legal student associations in Netherlands, it does not have a great variety of choices for extra-curricular activities. For example, as compared with its counterparts, it does not have a debates club (club which accents debating). This arguably diminishes the opportunities for students.
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While I am in the first year of my LLB, I have seen a myriad of opportunities for people from my course, as well as from different courses. However, I have been told that the university is incapable to provide (I may be wrong) internships which are solely in English (as the course is). This is a great obstacle for int. students who do not know Dutch.
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Great learning environment, great professors and teaching stuff
Extra-curricular activities, Internship opportunities for international students
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Great oppotunity to obtain a Master's degree in no time but some things could be improved!
Germany, Graduate
, 2020
- Overly focused on group work while not regulating the group mix: Every single course required you to team up with others to build a group. The group assignment was the biggest part of your final course grade so you wanted to make sure you're in a group with people who are on the same level in terms of motivation, knowledge, skills and work ethic. Unfortunately, I personally havent been that lucky so my overall GPA suffered a lot from people's inability to level up their game. (While considering that it often times was me and one or two other people who did all of the work in the end and the lazy part of the group never received any kind of punishment for their behaviour and only benefitted from others' hard work, I would definitely chose a uni that allows for everyone to shine who wants to shine and the other way around.) I'm usually a fan of working in teams but this experienced has turned me over. Anyhow, the course leaders were not able to mix up groups with easy free-to-get tools available online (not even after asking them repeatedly) so that best performer groups would team up again and again from course to course, leaving no chance for other motivated people to join/improve their performance. On top, professors didnt even react when some people were still left at the end of group-choosing-phase even though they were asked to jump in because no group was willing to take them on.
- Overall level too low: Unfortunately, the VU lets in people who arent even close to being qualified for the Masters I took -- some people had studied psychology, engineering and all other kinds of fields before aspiring to obtain a Master in Business Administration. Consequently, the overall level was diminished a lot by the lack of knowledge of those students (which, again, heavily influences your own performance considering everything happens in group work). Additionally, there were a lot of students who werent even close to the actual English level the VU required you to have. Some apparently worked with agencies to "pass" certain English tests whereas others were let in without even having to prove their competency. (For instance, when a professor once asked us to prepare "(…) a couple of slides (…)" a student in my group understood we were to prep two (!) slides. Some other students literally werent even able to properly communicate in English and always only hung out with people from their own country. People's language skills of course then also affected the group work again (research, preparation of the actual pitch and presenting).) Bottom line is you get the impression they let in everyone and anyone while they present themselves in a different way online!
- I have graduated in summer 2020, however I still havent received an official diploma until this day (end of March 2021); the VU is making excuses with refering that they really really really would like to have a graduation ceremony while the major part of students have accepted that we're not gonna go back to big events any time soon and would be more than fine (a survey was even conducted!) with receiving their diploma via mail. (Also considering that like half of the class have already moved back to their home countries at this point!) Very disappointed about how they deal with this considering every other university somehow manages.
- The buildings are old, grey and not at all inspiring you to dream… however, the location was nice as you can reach it super well with public transportation services (while also considering it was at the very edge of town).
- Overall, the VU follows a very ambitious goal in regards to that every work you submit must be written and structured strictly according to common research rules which I thought was really nice.
- A lot of really promising student activities were reserved for Dutch-speakers only (e.g. consultancy projects abroad, cultural exchanges abroad; all these kinds of things). On top, it still got communicated to all of the students (about 70% internationals in my class I think) in English, making us getting our hopes up high just so we could find out we werent even eligible to apply later on. The question is: Why would you not make this accessible to everyone? (Every Dutch person I met had at least good English skills, it's not like they couldnt switch languages very easily.) 

Overall, I probably wouldnt apply there again but I have to say I appreciated the experience nevertheless and got a Master's degree within 10 months after all!
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Great researchers that teach you, big part of students is international, located great city
Level too low, organisational issues
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great school, could be more helpful to English speakers
Anne B
Netherlands, Graduate
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, 2020
K.W. Wawoe (Kilian) is probably the best professor I have ever had. Please take his class if you get the chance. 

The school is fairly conducive to English speakers, but there are enough challenges for it to be frustrating. It could be more helpful, especially given what international fees are.
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great staff, great courses, lots of real-world experiences
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Fun, Laughter and Studies
Rishabh S
Netherlands, Undergraduate
Business Studies, 2021
The entire year so far has been filled with fun coming across new faces and people from all over the world in a wonderful international city such as Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The education system has been hard to adapt to but regular studies can really make a big difference.
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International, Local Experience, Motivating Programme
REVIEWS BY INTERNS AT Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Très bonne expérience
Super équipe et des projets intéressants
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Phone: +31 20 444 53 34
Address: Vrije University, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 Hv Amsterdam, THE, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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