Universities in Amsterdam
The oldest university in Amsterdam is the University of Amsterdam, founded in 1623 at the height of the Dutch Golden Age. It is the third oldest university in the Netherlands and is regularly ranked within the world top 100 and European top 20 universities.
As well as the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam is home to VU University Amsterdam. Masters degrees in Amsterdam are also offered by a range of smaller or specialist higher education providers, including the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (a school of Art and Design), the Amsterdam School of the Arts and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam).
Although Dutch is the primary language of instruction, the city’s popularity among international students means that there are plenty of English-taught Masters programmes in Amsterdam.
Careers in Amsterdam
If, like many postgraduates, you decide to stay in Amsterdam after you’ve finished your Masters, there are plenty of multinational companies that are either headquartered or have offices in the Dutch capital. Amsterdam enjoys a modern, service-based economy that offers lots of opportunity for skilled work as well as entrepreneurship.
Some of the largest employers in the region include Heineken, Airbus, Phillips, KLM and KPMG. Amsterdam also has a proud reputation as an innovative hub for tech start-ups.