The University of Amsterdam is active in a number of international networks. Within these networks there are many areas of cooperation, including exchange programs, summer programs and student conferences.
U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities. The network was founded in 1997 as an "international reference point and resource for strategic thinking on issues of global interest". U21 currently counts 24 universities in sixteen different countries. Within the consortium there are two annual student conferences, one for bachelor’s students (Undergraduate Research Conference) and one for a master's students (Graduate Research Conference).
LERU is a league of research-intensive universities. They describe themselves as "committed to the values of high quality education in an environment of internationally competitive research." LERU was founded in 2002 by twelve universities and now has twenty-one members. In the framework of this network they organize the Bright Student Conference every year. The aim of the conference is to create new concrete ideas in Europe and the world.
UNICA is a network of 43 universities in the capitals of Europe. The focus of this network is to promote academic excellence, integration and cooperation among universities across Europe. Every two years, one of the universities of the UNICA network organises a student conference on various European themes.