Teaching

Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam?

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is located in a lively and multicultural city; it has the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and English is its second language. Science for sustainability is one of the four key strategic themes of VU Amsterdam, in which we have a clear vision and set of ambitions. We rank among the 10 most sustainable universities worldwide and was chosen as the most sustainable university of the Netherlands in 2020. We also rank second among universities worldwide for taking climate action. Therefore, VU Amsterdam is a highly international place to study, ranked among the world’s best and always tries to look beyond boundaries of each research field, culture and traditions. 

Why study at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)?

IVM is based within Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It is the oldest environmental research institute in the Netherlands (est. 1971) and is one of the world’s leading institutes in sustainability science. With the aim of contributing to sustainable development and raising awareness of current environmental changes, IVM offers a variety of high-level graduate programmes in the field of environmental sciences, integrating physical, social, economic and governance systems through its interdisciplinary research and teaching. 

Located in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, IVM not only offers one of the liveliest places to live and study, but also gives opportunity to meet students from all over the world and different research fields.

Teaching programmes

An introduction to the minor Sustainability: Global Challenges, Interdisciplinary Solutions.

Minor sustainability

Staff of the MSc programmes undergo the full didactic training programme of the VU (BKO) and teaching evaluations of our staff are usually well above the average evaluation grades of both the faculty and the university.

The extensive PhD programme is managed by the four IVM Departments, and is part of the graduate school SENSE (Research School for Socio-economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment).

Staff of the PhD programme undergo the full didactic training programme of the VU (BKO) and teaching evaluations of our staff are usually well above the average evaluation grades of both the faculty and the university.

Studying in Amsterdam

Discover the vibrant, multicultural city of Amsterdam.