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About AUC

Welcome to Amsterdam University College

Amsterdam University College (AUC) offers a liberal arts and sciences programme leading to a joint Bachelor’s (Honours) degree issued by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. AUC is based on the American liberal arts and sciences model, with students living and studying together on an international campus located at Amsterdam Science Park. The programme is taught entirely in English, is small-scale and selective, and admits a maximum of 300 students each year based on their academic performance and motivation.

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AUC is:

  • A full-time, selective three-year honours programme in liberal arts and sciences at the Bachelor level, taught in English, with a strong offering in the sciences and enrolling up to 50% science majors
  • An engaging academic and social context, supported by small class sizes, a residential college setting and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • A centre of academic excellence with an international and intercultural focus, as well as outreach to the (local) community.
  • A joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam, two major European research universities, located in the global city of Amsterdam.
  • A welcoming community encouraging diversity and excellence, by, among other initiatives, offering scholarships through the AUC Scholarship Fund.

Big questions and real-world issues

The AUC programme combines breadth of experience with depth of knowledge. A key aspect is tackling real-life problems and challenges facing today's world. From day one, you are expected to think about the 'Big Questions' in science and society and learn how to make a meaningful contribution to current debates. Substantial emphasis is placed on the sciences, including interdisciplinary themes such as: Health and Well-being; Energy, Climate and Sustainability; and Life, Evolution, and the Universe. As today's students, but also tomorrow's leaders, you will have to be successful in both cooperating and competing at an international level.

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International campus

AUC is an academic community in the best traditions of the liberal arts and sciences, actively oriented to the demands and challenges of the 21st century. You live and study on an international campus, follow a programme that creates new pathways spanning traditional disciplines and trains you to approach complex issues from different perspectives and academic fields of knowledge.

Support for scholarships

AUC attracts corporate support for its Scholarship Fund. The aim of the AUC Scholarship Fund (ASF) is to further diversity and excellence in AUC's student body. The ASF enables students, selected for both their merit and financial need, to pursue a Bachelor's degree at AUC. The ASF is limited and highly selective, and only candidates who have excellent school results and a strong motivation are eligible. 

Together with the University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam and the City of Amsterdam, the ASF aims to ensure that between 10-15% of AUC's students are provided with some form of financial support.

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