One of Europe’s biggest capitals with a small-city feel and a large student population, Amsterdam is one of the best places in the world to study. Discover why with this guide to studying in Amsterdam.
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Beautiful architecture, distinctive canals and – over 800,000 – bicycles, Amsterdam is an instantly recognisable city well-known around the world for its liberal attitudes, business centre and prestigious educational institutions. Studying in Amsterdam is the gateway to unlocking new experiences in a cosmopolitan city with a kind heart.
It’s no surprise that a large community of students feel at home in Amsterdam. Its cafe culture, famous flea markets and lively nightlife mean that there’s something for everyone.
Why study in Amsterdam?
The excellence of further education in Holland is recognised throughout the world, making it very appealing to students. Dutch universities offer the largest number of English-taught programmes and there are over 2,100 programmes in English to choose from, making it easy to communicate and learn.
It’s one of the safest countries in the world according to the 2016 Global Peace Index and one of the happiest according to the UN’s Happiness survey. Holland is a hub of business which means there are many career opportunities upon graduating. It is also a very student-friendly and liberal country, with international students coming from over 180 different countries.
Amsterdam itself is relatively small, meaning its easy to get around town on foot or of course – by bike. It’s got many cultural offerings from museums and galleries to historic sites, a busy music scene and no shortage of things to see and do. Its also well-connected with the rest of Europe and the world by air, rail and sea.
A quick guide to the Dutch education system
In Holland there are two distinct types of education. There is a choice from either research-orientated education at a research university or a higher professional education offered by universities of applied sciences.
There is a third, smaller branch of higher education which offer programmes catered especially for international students. Many students undertake an internship as part of the study programme, equipping them with hands-on employment skills.
The education system centres around studying for a bachelor’s degree. Following this, students can pursue a master’s degree. A PhD or PDeng degree programme can then be undertaken.
Reasons to study at the University of Amsterdam
Ranked among the top 40 worldwide and top 30 universities in Europe, the University of Amsterdam is a leading international educational institution. Its world-class research and teaching is well-known across the globe.
It has a rich history dating from 1632 of providing high-quality education, helping students think in original, independent and academic ways. It is internationally recognised for its excellent Economics and Business, and PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics) studies.
There are over 30,000 students from more than 100 nationalities at the University of Amsterdam, meaning it is one of the largest universities in Europe. The university offers research-intensive education which prepares students well for the global job market.
Reasons to study at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutes of professional business education in the Netherlands and serves to prepare students for their chosen careers with applicable skills and practical-orientated research.
It focuses on training students through a variety of programmes, courses, exchanges and work placements in the international working field. Internships can be undertaken at leading brands like Google, Microsoft and Nike.
It is comprised of a number of faculties covering Sports and Nutrition, Business and Economics, Health, Applied Social Sciences and Law, Digital Media and Creative Industries, Education and Technology. It is world-renowned for its excellence in International Business and Management.
There are over 2,800 students from more than 70 different countries at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and it offers a wide variety of programmes in English.
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Whether you choose to undertake a research-intensive or professional-focused course at one of the two types of universities in Amsterdam, you can be sure of a very valuable education in Amsterdam.
While you study, you can make the most of the international outlook, large student population and many opportunities that arise as part of living in Amsterdam. ONCAMPUS prepares students for their dream careers by offering excellent education opportunities, whatever the subject area.
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