Also for students, Amsterdam has a lot to offer and over 100.000 students are enjoying this city. Amsterdam has several institutes and universities that offer dozens of HBO and WO programs. The Dutch education system offers two ways to study a bachelor’s degree: the more practical (applied) science (Hoger Beroeps Onderwijs, HBO) and the academic teaching with a more theoretical approach (Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs, WO). WO institutes are generally called university, while HBO institutes are generally called “Hogeschool”.
There are two universities located in Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit (VU) and Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA). Together they have over 60.000 students.
The Vrije Universiteit (VU) offers 50 bachelor programs and almost 100 master programs, which are divided over 9 faculties: Dentistry; Behavioural and Movement Sciences; Humanities; Law; Medicine; School of Business and Economics; Science; Social Sciences; and Theology.
The Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) has an international academic tradition and is closely connected to the city. It offers over 60 bachelor programs and 240 master programs, including 120 English master programs. The programs are divided over 7 faculties: Economics and Business; Dentistry; Humanities; Law; Medicine; Science; and Social and Behavioural Sciences.