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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the most international university in the Netherlands, according to a new ranking list compiled by Times Higher Education (THE).

THE World University Rankings

In the Most International Universities in the World rankings, released on 1 February, the UvA is placed 38th out of 150 universities, making it not only the highest ranked Dutch university but also one of the top ten in mainland Europe.


The Most International Universities in the World ranking is a new initiative by Times Higher Education and is drawn largely from the ‘international outlook’ pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students and co-authors. It also includes a measure of universities’ international reputations, taken from THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey. The UvA is ranked 63rd in the World University Rankings 2016-2017.

Top 3

The inaugural Most International Universities in the World is led by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, followed by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the University of Hong Kong in second and third place respectively.  


Internationalisation is a strategic priority for the University of Amsterdam. In 2011 the university finalised its Strategic Framework for Internationalisation, which sets our clear goals in the field of internationalisation and is aimed at attracting the best and brightest international students and staff. In the six years since, the UvA has seen its international student and staff population grow steadily. This is clearly reflected in its Master’s programmes, most of which are taught exclusively in English, and its growing number of English-taught Bachelor’s degree programmes.


Watch the video (3 minutes) to get an impression of the many international students who annually arrive in Amsterdam.