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Study in Amsterdam

All the information you need about studying in Amsterdam as an international student.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Cost to 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.

Key facts of Amsterdam

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