Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Courses, Fees, Admission

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The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) Established in 1880,  is a highly-ranked university for higher education and research in Amsterdam. In its initial years, the university operated in the Scottish Missionary Church with a few students and five lecturers. It consisted of three faculties then, namely arts, law, and theology. VU bought its first building at Keizersgracht 162 in the early 20th century. The university attained the legal right to award educational degrees in 1905. In the year 1968, it relocated to a new functional campus in Buitenveldert. It has affiliations from the European University Association (EUA), SGroup European Universities’ Network (SGroup) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The university is also associated with Aurora.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam operates a 98-acre main campus in Buitenveldert and a satellite campus ‘Uilenstede’ in Amstelveen municipality. Teaching takes place in spacious classrooms, laboratories, and research centers equipped with modernized facilities for teaching and research. The main building of the university has 16 storeys, housing the faculties of business, arts, theology, economics, and philosophy. The University Library occupies five floors in the building and possesses over 1,000,000 printed volumes, 70,000 manuscripts and digital resources like e-journals, e-books, and databases. Also, the building houses the main auditorium, restaurant, fair trade store, bookstore, and several kiosks. Other facilities featured on the campus include a bar, health center, residence halls, and several volleyball fields. The campus is at a small distance from various transport terminals.

University at a glance

UG/PG Course Ratio1 : 7.52
Endowments ValueEuro 482 million
No.of Campuses1
Yearly Hostel & Meals ExpenseINR 3.5 Lakh
International Students Websitehttp://www.vu.nl/en/about-vu-amsterdam/contact-info-and-route/departments/student-associations/international-associations/isma/index.asp


CoursesDuration1st Year Tuition Fees
BE/Btech(1 Course)3 YearsEuro 12,200
MS(4 Courses)12 – 24 MonthsEuro 14,500 – 14,630
BBA(2 Courses)3 YearsEuro 10,200 – 12,200
MIM(2 Courses)1 YearEuro 13,500 – 14,500
Other Courses(3 Courses)1 YearEuro 12,000 – 14,600

Entry Criteria

BE/Btech(1 Course)IELTS : 6.5 & Above TOEFL : 92 & Above
MS(4 Courses)IELTS : 6.5 & Above TOEFL : 92 & Above
BBA(2 Courses)IELTS : 6.5 & Above TOEFL : 92 & Above
MIM(2 Courses)IELTS : 6.5 & Above TOEFL : 92 & Above
Other Courses(3 Courses)IELTS : 6.5-7 TOEFL : 92-100

Admission Requirements

DocumentsSOP : Not required LOR : Needed for few courses Essays : Not required CV : Needed for all courses Additional documents : Required
Application feesEuro 100
Type of deadlineRegular

On campus accommodation



  • The university provides its students with accommodation facility
  • The university’s types of accommodation are located in various areas of the Amsterdam metropolitan area and university can be reached easily by bike and public transport from all locations
  • Accommodation consists of furnished  and unfurnished (single) rooms with private or shared facilities

Link for on-campus housing: https://vu.nl/en/programmes/links/accommodation.aspx

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