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About the UvA

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

Top-15 university
The UvA is a top-100 university globally and one of Europe's 15 best universities.
Since 1632
The UvA dates back to 1632 when our predecessor the Athenaeum Illustre was founded to educate the citizens of Amsterdam.
City as campus
The UvA is part of the living fabric of Amsterdam, from our historical landmark buildings in the city centre to state-of-the-art research facilities at Science Park.
Strong on research
Research is at the heart of what we do. Nearly 3,000 researchers carry out experimental and theoretical research, and every UvA student has the chance to carry out research themselves.

Meet the UvA

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International university
Over 100 nationalities are represented at the UvA. Our students and staff also work and study in a wide network of research partnerships and exchange opportunities.
Amsterdam is home to our campuses and is a living laboratory for some of our researchers. Find out why the city is a great place to live, work and study.
At the UvA, education and research is organised in seven faculties and the Executive Board is tasked with the general management of the University.
Working at the UvA
The UvA is an attractive employer located in a major world city. We offer an inspiring academic work environment, as well as opportunities for development and training.
Facts and figures
The UvA Factbook contains detailed numbers and statistics about students, staff, research and funding.
Policy and finance
Find key information and documents, including policies on education, research and finance.


Discover the role sustainability plays in the UvA's education, research and operations.

Diversity and inclusion

The UvA aims to be a place where everyone feels welcome, represented and heard.

Social safety

The university should be a positive and open environment where everyone can develop their talents. Find out what the UvA is doing to strengthen social safety and where you can turn if you experience problems or undesirable behaviour.