The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a strong international orientation. This is reflected in the curricula of the various degree programmes, the University’s research activities and its organisational culture.
The globalisation of the labour market is creating growing demand for highly trained staff with international and intercultural competences, and international academic or work experience.
The UvA prepares its students for a future career in this global labour market. To this end, the University offers various 'international classrooms' during the Master’s phase. These Master’s programmes provide education in English. The thematic and geographical focus of their curricula extends beyond the borders of the Netherlands, to include viewpoints and perspectives from around the world.
With classes taught in English, these Master’s programmes are highly attractive to international students. This in turn gives an immediate boost to the programmes’ international character: students learn to interact and collaborate with their counterparts from other countries and cultures.
During the Bachelor’s phase, the UvA encourages students to go abroad and gain international academic experience. The UvA facilitates this process by harmonising procedures with its international partners, thus ensuring that study places and exchange facilities align with UvA curricula as closely as possible.
Master’s students are also encouraged to explore the wider world by taking part in a summer school abroad or an international internship.
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