The UvA as it is abbreviated has an open, tolerant and international academic tradition that dates back to 1632, when its predecessor the Athenaeum Illustre was established. An institution with more than 34,000 students, it is now one of the largest comprehensive research institutions in Europe.On top of that, tuition fees are low and cheap for locals and international students

More than 7,000 international degree and exchange students from over 100 countries are currently enrolled at the UvA. They are actively supported by UvA staff and fellow students during their academic time in Amsterdam and beyond. The UvA assists students with practical matters such as opening a bank account, applying for visas and finding suitable accommodation.

And of course the presence of several Dutch and international businesses (e.g. Philips, ING, Heineken), academic institutions and cultural organisations makes Amsterdam the most commercial, social and artistic heart of the Netherlands and a prestigious global business centre.

The academic programmes at the UvA offer students a high level of autonomy, reflecting the respect for individual opinions and convictions that is characteristic of Dutch society. The result is an interactive teaching style that encourages students to develop self-reliance and independent thought.


The UvA scores highly in various global university rankings (Times Higher Education, Shanghai; Centre of Higher Education Development, Leiden). In fact It is ranked among the top 15 universities in Europe and the top 65 worldwide in the QS and THE rankings.

Depth of study programmes

Local and international students benefit massively from excellent academic career paths, with multiple options to pursue a study within or across disciplines, from the Bachelor’s up to the PhD level and beyond. Teaching and research are closely linked in all Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes at the UvA.

Applying for a programme

There are several steps involved in the admissions process – from checking the entry requirements and submitting your application to ultimately being enrolled at the UvA. The steps and deadlines may differ depending on which type of programme you wish to apply to.

Key steps for admission to the UvA

  • Submit a request for registration through Studielink;
  • Be fully admitted to the programme of your choice;
  • Pay the tuition fee;
  • Submit proof of legal residency

Visit this link for info on how to apply for masters program

Tuition Fees

As a student in the Netherlands or from the EU/EEA you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are two different fees: the statutory fee and the institutional fee. Which fee you pay depends on your nationality, your degree programme and whether you study full-time or part-time.

Statutory tuition fees 2019-2020

full-time students€2,083
part-time students€1,775
AUC students€4,387
PPLE students€4,166

International Student Fees

Bachelor’s            Master’s (one year)Master’s in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage€9,000€12,100€14,000
Institutional fee for non-EEA students
Bachelor’sMaster’s (one year)Master’s in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage 


The UvA has established two scholarship programmes specifically designed to offer talented and motivated non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to pursue a degree at the UvA. These scholarship programmes are the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship and the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship.

In addition to the scholarships mentioned above, other forms of financial support for studying in the Netherlands are available to students. In some cases, students may also make use of the Dutch government’s system of student loans (studiefinanciering)

UvA scholarships

International students are able to apply for various scholarships to cover the cost of their studies at the UvA. The University currently offers two coveted scholarships for exceptionally talented Bachelor’s students from outside Europe:

Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

For: Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

Amount: €18,000 (€6,000 per year for a three-year Bachelor’s programme)

Deadline: 15 January

Dutch student loan system

For students who hail from the Netherlands or the EU/EEA, you can  apply for limited funding towards payment of your tuition. Use this link to find out whether you meet the nationality and age requirements and read more information about the application process via the link below. Do well to apply in time, preferably three months in advance. All the best


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