Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has been a
renowned cultural, scientific and commercial centre for many
centuries. It was here, in 1880, that VU University Amsterdam first
opened its doors to students. VU stands for 'Vrije Universiteit' which
means 'Free University'. Here, 'free' refers to freedom from state and
church interference. VU University Amsterdam was established in 1880
by orthodox protestants. Nowadays it aims to be inspiring, innovative
Throughout the past century, the university has continued to expand.
It now comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for
Please consult the VU campus map to check
the conference and workshop locations. The places of interest are
marked with the letters D, W, L, and T.