Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Contact De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam, 1081 HV, Netherlands

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Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU University of Amsterdam (VUA) has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU University of Amsterdam is an open organisation, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense and IT, Social Science, Physical Science, Education, Psychology

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Netherlands
De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam, 1081 HV, Netherlands

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It's a good university with good facilities. I followed a part-time masters programme which was really good to combine with my fulltime job. The communication has also been very good. You get a fast response on emails and questions.

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Good study, organization could be better sometimes but most course are interesting and have good teachers. In the minor you have the change to discover an other field of interes and the final interschip/thesis gives you the change to use the...

Good study, organization could be better sometimes but most course are interesting and have good teachers. In the minor you have the change to discover an other field of interes and the final interschip/thesis gives you the change to use the things you have learnt before

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I really like studying at the VU. It is a nice and international university with a lot of Bachelors and Masters in a broad range of fields. Courses are given in small groups (max 20 people per working group), so there is a lot of personal...

I really like studying at the VU. It is a nice and international university with a lot of Bachelors and Masters in a broad range of fields. Courses are given in small groups (max 20 people per working group), so there is a lot of personal contacts. Furthermore, there is a clear schedule of 2 courses at the same time and an exam every 8 weeks. The university is easy to reach by public transport. A point which can be improved is career guidance; how to choose your minor and Master (and future career path)

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An overall good European university. I believe that tuition fees are expensive compared to the services and ranking of the university. A general feeling I got is that an international student is seen as a moving wallet rather than a person who...

An overall good European university. I believe that tuition fees are expensive compared to the services and ranking of the university. A general feeling I got is that an international student is seen as a moving wallet rather than a person who faces many more problems compared to the locals. But I guess that is how North Europe works. A bad thing is that 2-year master students only get 1 year of student accommodation in order to serve 6-month "students" who come here mostly as tourists. If for some reason you end up doing your thesis abroad, good luck with getting responses in time. However, my overall rating is good since I cannot argue about the educational value that is offered and the prospects in the market after graduation.

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VU is a free university in many ways. Professors are quite open, you can discuss with them any matter and be sure that they'll help you. At the university itself is quite an open environment (although some doors are closed and not for students'...

VU is a free university in many ways. Professors are quite open, you can discuss with them any matter and be sure that they'll help you. At the university itself is quite an open environment (although some doors are closed and not for students' access, like departments where professors are based). You will get to be in an international environment, there are many students from different countries. There are some weird moments due to bureaucracy at the university, but it's all solvable. And it is free in a matter of research: you can study whatever you want and be sure that you will find a professor who will support your ambitions. To my opinion, it is better to stay at the student campus at Uilenstede (provided by Duwo): it's a lovely area, close to the university (7 min by bike) and to the Amsterdamse Bos (aka forest) with lakes and bike roads, and it takes 25-30 min by bike and 20-25 by tram/metro to get to the center of Amsterdam. However, if you don't get a room there, there are also housings available at the North-West are of Amsterdam. I've stayed at Uilenstede and never regretted it even once! You'll get to live with people from all over the world, there are gym, cinema, supermarkets and cafes in the walking distance, and you can choose whether you want to live alone in a studio apartment, share an flat with another girl, or share a flat with 12 or 14 people, up to you. You should definitely get a bike (but be cautious and check the tires when buying) and a rain jacket as you arrive (or bring jacket with you) - these are the essentials to survive in Amsterdam ?

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Ok university. Great courses and high standards, the library was not great but overall ok. The International office was not always open and that was a bit of a hurdle to solve problems. Ok university. Great courses and high standards, the library...

Ok university. Great courses and high standards, the library was not great but overall ok. The International office was not always open and that was a bit of a hurdle to solve problems. Ok university. Great courses and high standards, the library was not great but overall ok. The International office was not always open and that was a bit of a hurdle to solve problems.

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- Overly focused on group work while not regulating the group mix: Every single course required you to team up with others to build a group. The group assignment was the biggest part of your final course grade so you wanted to make sure you're in...

- Overly focused on group work while not regulating the group mix: Every single course required you to team up with others to build a group. The group assignment was the biggest part of your final course grade so you wanted to make sure you're in a group with people who are on the same level in terms of motivation, knowledge, skills and work ethic. Unfortunately, I personally havent been that lucky so my overall GPA suffered a lot from people's inability to level up their game. (While considering that it often times was me and one or two other people who did all of the work in the end and the lazy part of the group never received any kind of punishment for their behaviour and only benefitted from others' hard work, I would definitely chose a uni that allows for everyone to shine who wants to shine and the other way around.) I'm usually a fan of working in teams but this experienced has turned me over. Anyhow, the course leaders were not able to mix up groups with easy free-to-get tools available online (not even after asking them repeatedly) so that best performer groups would team up again and again from course to course, leaving no chance for other motivated people to join/improve their performance. On top, professors didnt even react when some people were still left at the end of group-choosing-phase even though they were asked to jump in because no group was willing to take them on. - Overall level too low: Unfortunately, the VU lets in people who arent even close to being qualified for the Masters I took — some people had studied psychology, engineering and all other kinds of fields before aspiring to obtain a Master in Business Administration. Consequently, the overall level was diminished a lot by the lack of knowledge of those students (which, again, heavily influences your own performance considering everything happens in group work). Additionally, there were a lot of students who werent even close to the actual English level the VU required you to have. Some apparently worked with agencies to "pass" certain English tests whereas others were let in without even having to prove their competency. (For instance, when a professor once asked us to prepare "(…) a couple of slides (…)" a student in my group understood we were to prep two (!) slides. Some other students literally werent even able to properly communicate in English and always only hung out with people from their own country. People's language skills of course then also affected the group work again (research, preparation of the actual pitch and presenting).) Bottom line is you get the impression they let in everyone and anyone while they present themselves in a different way online! - I have graduated in summer 2020, however I still havent received an official diploma until this day (end of March 2021); the VU is making excuses with refering that they really really really would like to have a graduation ceremony while the major part of students have accepted that we're not gonna go back to big events any time soon and would be more than fine (a survey was even conducted!) with receiving their diploma via mail. (Also considering that like half of the class have already moved back to their home countries at this point!) Very disappointed about how they deal with this considering every other university somehow manages. - The buildings are old, grey and not at all inspiring you to dream… however, the location was nice as you can reach it super well with public transportation services (while also considering it was at the very edge of town). - Overall, the VU follows a very ambitious goal in regards to that every work you submit must be written and structured strictly according to common research rules which I thought was really nice. - A lot of really promising student activities were reserved for Dutch-speakers only (e.g. consultancy projects abroad, cultural exchanges abroad; all these kinds of things). On top, it still got communicated to all of the students (about 70% internationals in my class I think) in English, making us getting our hopes up high just so we could find out we werent even eligible to apply later on. The question is: Why would you not make this accessible to everyone? (Every Dutch person I met had at least good English skills, it's not like they couldnt switch languages very easily.) Overall, I probably wouldnt apply there again but I have to say I appreciated the experience nevertheless and got a Master's degree within 10 months after all!

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