Study in Amsterdam

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Key facts

  • Summer/winter temperature
    62/38°F
  • Population
    822,000
  • Universities
    20
  • Country
    The Netherlands

Why study in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most charming capital cities, offering students history, art and a relaxed atmosphere.

Its historic canals, many museums and galleries make it a great place to stroll or cycle around. The locals are laid back, friendly and used to welcoming people from around the world.

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Universities in Amsterdam

There aren’t many universities in Amsterdam, but those that are located in the city are well respected. There are also many colleges and other higher education institutions you can attend in Amsterdam offering a wide range of subjects and programs you can choose from.

You should be aware that some university degrees in Amsterdam will require you to speak Dutch. If in doubt, check with your chosen university before applying.

What to study in Amsterdam

You can find a program at every academic level at a university in Amsterdam, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. You can find a program in a wide range of subjects, but there are institutions that specialize in areas including art, technology, applied sciences and social history.

As with most of Europe, a bachelor’s degree will take three years, master’s takes two years and a doctorate degree can take five years in Amsterdam, depending on the subject.

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What is the cost of study in Amsterdam?

Tuition fees in Amsterdam are relatively affordable, especially when compared to the USA and UK. As an international student you can expect to pay around $11,000 a year to study at a university in Amsterdam.

Living costs are quite high in Amsterdam, but it is much cheaper than many other major cities in Europe.

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How to study in Amsterdam

A First you need to choose a program and university in Amsterdam that matches your interests and career ambitions. When you know where you want to study, you can apply directly to the university, or you may be able to use Studielink, which is a central application system similar to UCAS in the UK.

When you’ve received confirmation of your place at a university in Amsterdam, you’ll need to apply for your Dutch student visa.

Student reviews for Amsterdam

Julianna Thordardottir
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Studied Entrepreneurship at Unknown University of Applied Sciences
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    2
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    4
Tell us about Amsterdam

I'm studying in Amsterdam and it's a great city, very cozy. I'm still getting used to the big city life but the metro system is easy to understand so i can easily get to where i want to go.

Francisco Sobrino Torres
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Studied Entrepreneurship at Unknown University of Applied Sciences
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    3
  • University facilities
    4
Tell us about Amsterdam

Amsterdam I’m excited to join. I’ve been studying online. But I know it’s a very intercultural and open minded city.

Francisco Sobrino Torres
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Studied Entrepreneurship at Unknown University of Applied Sciences
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    3
  • University facilities
    4
Tell us about Amsterdam

Amsterdam I’m excited to join. I’ve been studying online. But I know it’s a very intercultural and open minded city.

Judrick Gario
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Studied Entrepreneurship at Unknown University of Applied Sciences
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    3
  • University facilities
    4
Tell us about Amsterdam

I am studying on my home island. I am surrounded with family and friends that I may have to leave in a few weeks. It is a very safe environment here.

Gabriel Beeguer
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Studied Entrepreneurship at Unknown University of Applied Sciences
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    4
  • University facilities
    5
Tell us about Amsterdam

This is Amsterdam. As everyone knows very safe and full of activities!