The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is one of the world’s intellectual hubs, a modern comprehensive research university with a long and rich history dating back to 1632. It has a leading international reputation and is firmly rooted in the culturally diverse city of Amsterdam. The university scores highly in various international rankings, it is ranked within the top 20 universities in Europe and the top 100 worldwide. With 6,000 staff members, 34,000 students including over 5,000 international students representing a hundred different nationalities, UvA is connected to thousands of researchers and hundreds of public and private institutions in the Netherlands and around the world.
The UvA’s educational ambitions are reflected in a culture characterised by motivation, drive and a commitment to the study programme. This ambitious academic culture is based on the UvA’s expectations of its students and the study programmes’ dedication to bringing out their best qualities. The University of Amsterdam’s mission is to prepare its students in the best possible way for a future career in the global labour market. Developing intercultural and career skills through mobility and the international classroom are key factors in its internationalization policy. Like its students, UvA lecturers are also expected to have explored the wider world and obtained intercultural competences. The international character is reflected by the organizational culture. There is a broad range of services designed for a soft landing and continuous guidance of new international students and staff arriving in Amsterdam. All communication is bilingual to help ensure that they feel part of the UvA community.