Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Free University of Amsterdam) was founded in 1880. The name Free refers to independence from the state and the church. Initially, the university was only meant for Reformed Christians and the establishment was entirely financed by the Reformists. Since the 1960s, however, the Vrije Universiteit has been open to everybody, regardless of their background and the university is funded in the same way as the other Dutch universities, although it still values its tradition of Christian standards, evident in the makeup of its programmes and its research fields.
The university campus and university hospital are situated in the Southwest of Amsterdam, in an area renowned for its potential and one of the new and enlarging business areas in the city, about 15 minutes from the city centre by transport.

The University houses 11 faculties from Law to Medicine to Philosophy. Altogether, these faculties have over 50 Bachelor’s programmes and about 100 Master’s programmes as well as numerous Doctoral programmes. Nowadays, the VU offers a modern and varied study environment, being open to foreign students in many programmes.

The main building is situated at:
De Boelelaan 1105,
1081 HV Amsterdam,
tel: 0031205987777

Faculties and their contact details:

1) Faculty of Arts
Contact person: Ms L. Stoffelsma
Address: De Boelelaan 1105, room 10A-26, 1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205986429
fax: 0031205986500
International office email: international@let.vu.nl
Web page: www.let.vu.nl/english/

2) Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
Contact person: Ms M. Walraven
Address: Louwesweg 1, room 8-23, 1066 EA Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205188637
fax: 0031205188382
Web page: www.acta.nl/english/

3) Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
Contact person: Ms E. Salomé
Address: De Boelelaan 1085, room F-122, 1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205987301
fax: 0031206462457
Web page: www.falw.vu.nl/english/

4) Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Contact person Exchange programmes: Ms L. Hager
Address: De Boelelaan 1105, room 2A-20, 1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205986100
fax: 0031205986112
Contact person Master’s Programmes: Wendy Maat
Address: De Boelelaan 1105, room 2E-70, 1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205985585
fax: 0031205986112
Faculty web page: www.feweb-vu.nl/

5) Faculty of Human Movement Sciences
Contact person: Mr T. Janssen
Address: Van der Boechorststraat 7, room MF-A614, 1081 BT Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205988586
fax: 0031205988509
Web page: http://www.fbw.vu.nl/indexE.htm

6) Faculty of Law
Contact person: Ms T. van Essen
Address: De Boelelaan 1105, room 5A-18, 1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205986205
fax: 0031205986209
Web page: www.rechten.vu.nl/

7) Faculty of Medicine
Contact person: Mr H. v.d. Erve, PhD
Address: Van der Boechorststraat 7, room B-449, 1081 BT Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205988029
fax: 003120598 8427
Web page: www.med.vu.nl/english/index.cfm

8) Faculty of Psychology and Education
Contact person: Mr J. Mulder
Address: Van der Boechorststraat 1, room 3C-42, 1081 BT Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205988990
fax: 0031205988845
Web page: www.psy.vu.nl

9) Faculty of Sciences
Contact person: Ms J. Furman
Address: De Boelelaan 1083, room P-362, 1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205987499
fax: 0031205987509
Web page: www.few.vu.nl

10) Faculty of Social Sciences
Contact person: Mr M. van der Linden
Visiting address: Buitenveldertselaan 3, Amsterdam (room Z-022)
Postal address: De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205988636
fax: 0031205986800
Web page: www.fsw.vu.nl/english

11) Faculty of Theology and Philosophy
Contact person: Ms L. Werts
Address: De Boelelaan 1105, room 14A-18, 1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.: 0031205986612
fax: 0031205986635
Web page Theology: www.godgeleerdheid.vu.nl/english
Web page Philosophy: www.wijsbegeerte.vu.nl/english

Research institutes of the VU:
1) Centre for Research and Education on Spatial Information
2) International Cooperation Centre
3) Graduate School for Neurosciences Amsterdam
4) Oncology Graduate School Amsterdam
5) Institute for Cardiovascular Research
6) Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine
7) Institute for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences
8) Institute for Environmental Studies
9) Centre for the Study of Science, Society and Religion