In 1880, 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. The university now comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 26,000 students. With more than 50 Bachelor’s programmes and almost a 100 Master’s programmes, VU University Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options.