Information for current international students

This section is aimed at all international students currently enrolled at VU Amsterdam. We realise that you are probably dealing with a lot of uncertainty and may be debating whether you should return home or not. To make sure you can make informed decisions, below you will find explanations of different scenarios and their consequences.
In addition to these practical matters, we of course also care about your well-being. To make sure you can find the right support and services, we have created an overview of relevant contacts.

General questions and information about the VU Campus

VU Amsterdam follows the advice of the RIVM for public health and the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for travel abroad. Together with other Dutch universities, VU Amsterdam keeps a close eye on these advices and communicates via this page if there are any updates for students, staff and visitors.
We ask staff and students to follow government guidelines and only come to the VU when really necessary. Work and study as much as possible at home. Keep a meter and a half distance. Avoid crowds. Wash your hands regularly. Stay at home and avoid contact with others if you have a cold. Also stay at home if a roommate has a fever and/or is cramped. We also point out to students that they should adhere to these rules in their private environment and at study and student gatherings. In addition, there is an overview of measures on campus and information. Information can be found on this page on VUnet.
In principle, all education takes place online. Now that the national measures are more flexible, skills education that really has to take place is held on campus.

Through Canvas and rooster.vu.nl students are informed about this. All other students are requested not to come to the campus yet and to abide by the national measures.

First semester new academic year
In the first semester of the new academic year, all lectures take place online and we look at the possibilities of organising education on campus per period. In September and October (period 1) this is very limited due to the 1.5 meter rule and the limitations of public transport. Educational activities that take place on campus are clearly indicated in the timetables. The timetables for October 2020 to January 2021 will follow later. Keep an eye on the Canvas page of the courses for which you have signed up. There you can read if and how the education is offered.

Do you have education on campus? Then you are requested to leave the campus after the planned activities. This will prevent that there are too many people on campus and the situation becomes unsafe. 

Study and examination places
If you can't study at home or take an exam, there are a limited number of places available on campus. These are specifically designated places on campus for students who really don't have the opportunity to study. If you have a cold (such as sniffing, sneezing, sore throat, high sore throat, etc.) or more serious complaints, stay at home. If you have a roommate with more serious complaints, stay at home. You can read more information about the possibilities here.
No, all events and meetings scheduled at the VU have been cancelled or, in some cases, will be held online. Information days are now offered virtually. For more information about these information days, see www.vu.nl/proefstuderen.

First semester new academic year
In period 1 and 2 of semester 1 of the new academic year 2020/2021, the education hybrid is offered: all lectures are online and per period various educational activities take place on campus. Of course, this is limited due to the 1.5 meter rule and due to the limitations of public transport. The educational activities that can take place on campus can be found with location on rooster.vu.nl. If you are following a course that is given on campus but you are not yet able to come to the VU, there are (online) alternatives offered.
Everyone studies and makes exams at home. If you can't study or make an exam at home, there is a limited number of places available on campus. These are specifically designated places on campus that are intended for students who really don't have the opportunity to study at home or take an online exam. If you have a cold (such as sniffing, sneezing, sore throat, high sore throat, etc.) or more serious complaints, stay at home. If you have a roommate with more serious complaints, stay at home. You can read more information about the possibilities here.
Only the online services of the University Library will be available in the coming period. All digital books and articles can be consulted online and can be accessed anywhere. For help see the website of the library. The VU Bookstore can also provide study material and books. These are available online or by post. All online services are fully accessible. The helpdesk UB is online and will help you as soon as possible.

- Mail for general questions to [email protected].
- Questions about Pure can be sent to UBVU PURE Support via [email protected]

All activities related to study guidance and advice will be continued as much as possible. Scheduled appointments will continue as much as possible and will be conducted by telephone or online. Planned walk-in consultations will also continue and will be held by telephone. If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.

Enrolment

Yes, the standard will remain, but it only needs to be achieved at the end of the academic year 2020 - 2021. 

If you do not choose to re-register in 2020-2021, you must meet the BSA standard in 2019-2020.
For students who received a postponed BSA last year, customization will apply. Please contact your academic advisor.

Degree students can request to terminate their enrolment via www.studielink.nl. These requests will be approved by the Student Administration starting on the last day of the month in which the request was received. Should you decide to terminate your enrolment you can do so per 1 April, 1 May, 1 June, 1 July or 1 August.

More information about terminating your enrolment can be found on VUnet.

 


Yes. You are entitled to a partial restitution of the tuition fee if the request is received by May 31st (date of de-enrolment no later than May 31st) You are not eligible for restitution if you de-enroll in June, July, or August.
No. Terminating your enrolment means that you will no longer be able to take any classes online or otherwise. You will be able to re-enrol for the upcoming academic year starting on 1 September (deadline re-enrolment is 31 August).
No. In the Netherlands you can only enrol for the starting period of 1 September (and 1 February for a few programmes).
If you decide to remain enrolled you can follow remote classes while being at home and return to Amsterdam when possible. More information can be found on Canvas.
This depends on your personal situation. After you have completed your studies (and the graduation date has officially been set) you can request a reimbursement of the overpayment of the tuition fee. You can submit the request with the Student Administration via [email protected]. Please always mention your student number and include proof where applicable.
On the "Complete Application" page in VUnet you can now download a proof of enrolment yourself.

Education, Lectures & Exams

Teaching activities and exams take place in principle online. Now that the national measures are more flexible, a start can be made from 15 June with education that really has to take place on campus. Think of practicals. Students will be informed about this via Canvas. All other students are requested not to come to the campus yet and to adhere to the measures of the central government.

First semester new academic year
In the first semester of the new academic year 2020/2021, all lectures will take place online and we will look at the possibilities of organising education on campus for each period. In September and October (period 1) this is very limited due to the 1.5 meter rule and due to the limitations of public transport. You will soon find the educational activities that can take place on campus with a location in the timetable.

Schedules
The timetables for September and October (period 1) are ready on 20 July. From that moment on you can sign up for online and on campus education via VUnet. It is still necessary to sign up for the education, even if this is given online. Until Monday 7 September you can sign up for period 1. The timetables for October 2020 to January 2020 (period 2 and 3) will follow later.
Keep an eye on the Canvas page of the courses you are following or will follow. There you can read back if and how the education is offered.

Study spots
If you can't study at home or take an exam, there are a limited number of places available on campus. These are specifically designated places on campus for students who really don't have the opportunity to study. If you have a cold (such as sniffing, sneezing, sore throat, high sore throat, etc.) or more serious complaints, stay at home. If you have a roommate with more serious symptoms, stay at home. You can read more information about the possibilities here.

All exams will be held remotely until December. That way, we can keep the campus space free for education that has to take place on campus. Students that cannot be physically present can then also participate. Another opportunity for resits will be planned within this academic year.

The course coordinators will provide more clarity on education and exams via Canvas.

It is still necessary to sign up for your exams and the regular registration term applies, so two weeks before the exam date. Please make sure to register.

Tip: you can set Canvas to notify you when there are updates!

Until the end of December, exams take place remotely. Only for students who really can't take an exam at home or in their own environment, the VU offers a limited number of exam places. We assume that you make a careful assessment yourself and only use these places if there are insurmountable obstacles in your private environment. Please follow the national instructions.

All the information below can be found extensively on VUnet.
If you decide to take your exam at the VU, you need to register in advance to make sure there is a place available. Please register at least 3 working days in advance via this registration form. Make sure you mention all the details. Then you will receive a confirmation of the exam spot and the assigned location. Do you have any questions? Send an email to [email protected].

Don’t have your own laptop?
We assume that you will be bringing your own laptop to take the exam. If you do not own a laptop, try to borrow or rent one. If this not an option, please indicate this on your application. If this is the case, we will provide you with a VU laptop. Please note that availability is limited.

Further information
If your exam includes online invigilation, this will also be the case if you make use of one of the exam spots on campus.

The spots are available Monday through Friday during regular exam times to VU students only.

Everyone studies and makes exams at home. If you can't study or make an exam at home, there is a limited number of places available on campus. These are specifically designated places on campus that are intended for students who really don't have the opportunity to study at home or take an online exam. If you have a cold (such as sniffing, sneezing, sore throat, high sore throat, etc.) or more serious complaints, stay at home. If you have a roommate with more serious complaints, stay at home. You can read more information about the possibilities here.
It is investigated whether exams can be offered in an alternative way or will take place at a different time. You find the information on Canvas. This does not alter the fact that the current situation may eventually lead to a study delay. In case of urgent questions about study delay you can contact your academic advisor.

VU Amsterdam will only use remote assessment with online monitoring (online proctoring) if the Examination Board has deemed it necessary. You do not need to consent to the use of online monitoring. This is because the university has a legitimate interest in using online monitoring while students cannot come to the university and in cases where the Examination Board has ruled that there is no other alternative.

We understand that this raises questions regarding privacy. We take these concerns very seriously, and will make every effort to ensure that all personal data is handled carefully and securely. When using new educational tools, we will therefore consider in advance whether these are appropriate and, if so, under what circumstances and conditions. A tool will only be used if it meets the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and meets the needs of both students and teaching staff.

Everything about taking exams with online proctoring can be found on this page. This site contains detailed instructions on procedures to follow, taking a test exam, equipment to use, what to do if there are problems and privacy.

In period 1 and 2 of semester 1 of the new academic year 2020/2021, the education hybrid is offered: all lectures are online and per period various educational activities take place on campus. Of course, this is limited due to the 1.5 meter rule and due to the limitations of public transport. The educational activities that can take place on campus can be found with location on rooster.vu.nl. If you are following a course that is given on campus but you are not yet able to come to the VU, there are (online) alternatives offered. All exams until the end of December will be held remotely.

You can sign up for online and on campus education through VUnet. It is still necessary to sign up for the education, even if this is given online. Until Monday 5 October you can sign up for period 2. All subscription periods for period 1 to 3 can be found here.

Keep an eye on the Canvas page of the courses you are following or will follow. There you can read if and how the education is offered.


The VU offers Microsoft Office 365 to students directly and free of charge to provide optimal support for online study during the Corona period.
This Microsoft Office 365 for Students package contains the well-known Office 365 applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. You also get access to Microsoft Teams to chat and collaborate live in documents with fellow students. The advantage of this package is that it is an online cloud service, so you always have access to your files and the latest version of the Office programs.

You can download the package in the following way:
1. Go to https://portal.office.com
2. Log in with your VU email address ([email protected] or [email protected]) and password.    
3. Download Microsoft Office 365 for students

For a more detailed explanation on the installation of Microsoft Office 365 for Students, see the Office 365 for Students page on the askIT services portal.

Please note: if you have already purchased Microsoft Office 365 via SURFspot, you will need to log in once again to one of the Office 365 for Students applications (such as Word) with your VU email address.

Student Wellbeing - Healthcare and Health insurance

In case you suspect you might have contracted COVID-19, please read the guidelines of RIVM  for steps you need to take to get appropriate health care and to minimize infecting others.

If you are not registered at a GP (huisarts) yet, please do so as soon as possible as this is your first point of contact in case you are in need of medical help. Information about health care, health insurance and contact information of GP’s can be found here. It’s also possible to register at the GP’s office of the Amsterdam University Medical Center.

EU students with a valid EHIC have a right to basic health care in the host country. In the Netherlands this also means that emergency costs, such as hospitalization, are covered. Even if similar costs would not be covered in your home country, they will be covered during your stay here according to Dutch law. If you need to go to the hospital, you can show your valid EHIC and your hospital bills will be sent directly to Zilveren Kruis, our national insurance body appointed by the Dutch government to arrange reimbursements from abroad. Zilveren Kruis will then take care of the reimbursements from the insurance company in your home country.

If you’re an EU student and you are not insured or your EHIC is expired, it is very important that you apply for an EHIC or extend your contract as soon as possible in your home country. If this is not possible, you can apply for a private insurance in the Netherlands.

Please check with your own insurance provider which costs are covered during your stay in the Netherlands. If you need extra coverage, you can apply for additional private insurance in the Netherlands. You can contact Aon in case you need additional insurance. Please note certain conditions may apply when registering for additional insurance.

With the Aon Complete+ insurance package you are covered for treatments for COVID-19, including hospitalization. Hospital bills will be sent directly to Aon.

If you have returned to your home country, are a registered VU student following online education there, and you haven’t canceled your Aon insurance,  you will be covered for medical costs in your home country up to 8 weeks under the Aon Student Insurance.

We recommend reading our information sheet on health care and health insurance in the Netherlands.
If after reading this information you have any further questions about health insurance, please contact [email protected].

Student Wellbeing - Mental Health

Our student psychologists have set up some tips and tricks for you to help you cope with the changes in your daily life. In this document, you can also find some apps and websites for extra help.

Red Cross Helpline can help you with questions and advice regarding the Corona virus and measures that have been taken. You can call them at 070 4455888. Most volunteers speak English, or they will try to find someone within their team as soon as possible.

If you wish to talk to a mental health professional you can call 0900 1450 (15ct p/minute) or use chat, whatsapp or e-mail services. Most mental health professionals speak English, or they will try to find someone within their team as soon as possible.

Furthermore, Therapieland offers free online modules (in English) to help you cope with the stress and anxiety during the corona-outbreak.

Please send an e-mail to the student psychological counsellors ([email protected]). They will contact you and discuss with you the type of help they can provide.

You may want to look for an online treatment by a psychologist. There are online treatments available (E-health), and several psychologists offer online treatment. I-practice offers a telephone consultation hour for questions about mental health and Corona (www.ipractice.nl).

Another possibility in Amsterdam is InterBeing, a group of international psychologists who are specialized in supporting international students in the Netherlands. They are also offering online sessions.

In case you are already receiving treatment for your issues, or have received treatment before, contact your (previous) therapist or GP.

If you have thoughts about death or suicide, or worry about somebody you know, call 0900-0113, or visit www.113.nl/english for help with suicide prevention 24/7

If after reading this information you have any further questions about mental health, please contact [email protected].

Travel abroad & Internships

Inform the International Office when you return to your home country via [email protected]. They can inform you about any questions you may have regarding accommodation and residence permits.
Travel is only possible to areas that have positive (green or yellow) travel advice. However, in the context of Corona, there are still many uncertainties that could potentially lead to rapid and unexpected changes in travel advice which can lead to an early return. It is therefore advisable with travel advice yellow to only cross the border if a trip is necessary and cannot be postponed. Students (research, internships, fieldwork, etc.) and researchers who still want to go abroad with code yellow need the approval of their tutor or supervisor. Any costs in the event of cancellation or early return due to a new outbreak will not be reimbursed from central means. For exchange programmes the previously communicated guidelines will continue to apply. Employees can contact their supervisor for advice, students can contact the International Office ([email protected]).
See specific information about VU travel policy on vunet.

It is important to carefully follow RIVM and local guidelines during your holiday. Just before departure, consult the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the specific Q&A of the central government for travel to and from abroad. Some destinations are subject to quarantine regulations upon return to the Netherlands, please keep this in mind. After returning from abroad, we appeal to your own responsibility regarding coming to campus to prevent any possible spread of the coronavirus. At all times: if you suffer from a cold, or a roommate has a fever and/or is cramped, stay at home and do not come to the VU.

Employees and students of ACTA and VUmc School of Medical Sciences are subject to the guidelines and information of ACTA and Amsterdam UMC.

If you cancel your room and return to your home country, you must deregister from the municipality where you lived.
The VU follows the guidelines of the RIVM. If the company where you are going to do your internship is working on location, it is allowed to do your internship on location again. If this is not the case, please contact your internship coordinator.
For internships abroad it is only possible to travel to areas that have a positive (green or yellow) travel advice. In the context of corona, however, there are still many uncertainties that may lead to rapid and unexpected changes in travel advice resulting in early return. In the case of travel advice yellow should therefore only cross the border if a trip is necessary and cannot be postponed. Students who want to go abroad in case of code yellow must discuss this with their tutor.

Housing

You can cancel your accommodation with a one-month notice. We expect you to leave your room clean and empty before you depart. You can drop the key in de DUWO mailbox of your building or at the reception desk of the other landlords. Please inform your landlord via email about the return to your home country

If you decide to return to VU Amsterdam this academic year, we will do our utmost to assist you in getting accommodation again through us. We cannot guarantee the same room will be available.

If you want to keep your accommodation in case you might be able to return, do not cancel your rental contract and pay your rent. You can then leave your personal stuff in the room and you don’t have to check out. If at the end you will not be able to return, you need to arrange the pick-up of your personal stuff yourself before the end of the rental contract and might have to pay an additional cleaning fee. Please keep in mind that we are unable to ship any personal belongings that you leave in your room.

If you cancel your rental contract and you were eligible for housing allowance, don’t forget to cancel your rental allowance. Otherwise, you need to refund it. Cancelling is possible on the site of the Tax Authorities. (only available in Dutch)

Please contact the International Office if you need more information: [email protected].


If you cancel your room and return to your home country, you must deregister from the municipality where you lived.

Is there a deadline for housing applications via VU Amsterdam?
There is no deadline for applying for our housing service, as we process on a first paid, first served basis. The option to apply will become visible in VUnet once you are eligible, i.e. you don’t have any remaining deficiencies. If we do not have accommodations available when you apply, we will place your application on the waiting list and offer housing if it becomes available.

Due to COVID-19 we offer flexible starting dates of the rental contract. Once we receive your application we will ask you your preferred starting date: 12-10-20 or 18-1-21.

Cancellation and refund VU housing fee
It is not possible to cancel your signed rental contract and get the housing fee and the rent you paid back. VU A’dam is very flexible in offering different housing start dates in case you need to start the study programme online. We guarantee you an accommodation on 3 different start dates. For this reason you can only cancel your room without costs if you have cancelled before 1 August 2020 (midnight CET).

In case you can’t start with your rental contract due to COVID-19 related causes you will have to pay one month rent plus the administration costs of the housing corporation (there are different administration costs per housing provider). In this case please e-mail us with an explanation of your situation via [email protected]

I am on the waiting list for accommodation, what are my chances of getting a room via VU Amsterdam?
The housing team needs some time to see which room options are available, so we ask you to have a little patience. Although we cannot give any guaranties, we expect to have enough rooms available for students on the waiting list.

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The municipality created an overview what to do when your housemate has been tested, or has corona. See for more information this poster.

Financial Issues

If you have financial problems resulting from the corona crisis, for example because you no longer have a part-time job, we advise you to consult the information on VUnet.


Visa & Immigration

If you cancel your enrollment from VU Amsterdam, we will deregister you at the IND. Your residence permit will be revoked in that case and you would have to leave the Netherlands.

If it is not possible to travel back to your home country, then you can make use of the Return Decision of the IND. In that case, you can stay for another 28 days in the Netherlands before you can travel back to your home country. To make use of this option, you must make an appointment with the IND desk in Amsterdam. Call: 088 - 043 0430. If you still encounter any difficulties with your return, please contact your embassy / consulate.

If you want to re-enroll for the next academic year at VU Amsterdam, you need to apply for a new visa / residence permit again. Please visit www.vu.nl/visa for more information. The deadline for the visa application is July 1.
If you remain enrolled at VU Amsterdam, cancel your room and return to your home country where you continue with your online education: you must inform the International Office at [email protected], because we have to inform the IND about your temporary return. You can use your current valid residence permit to ultimately return to the Netherlands.



If you cannot obtain the required minimum amount of ECTS due to the impact of the corona outbreak, please contact your academic advisor.

Cancellation of immigration procedure
It is always possible to cancel your visa / residence permit application. As soon as you can travel to the Netherlands again, we will submit a new visa application for you to the Dutch immigration authorities (IND). You might have to pay for the visa fee again in this case. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about your cancellation.

Visa /residence permit Fee
If the University has already applied for your visa/residence permit when you cancel your application, the visa fee is non-refundable. The fee is refundable in the following situation:
• Immigration fees are refundable if you cancel your application before the University submits your visa/residence permit application to the Dutch immigration authorities (IND).
• If you decide to defer your study to the academic year 2021/2022, your payment will be transferred to next year. You do not have to pay again for the visa fee.

Students who still need to apply for their visa/residence permit application
•    If you cannot travel to the Netherlands until January and you will follow your study programme remotely from your home country. We advise you to contact your Immigration Officer ([email protected]) to discuss your options if this applies to you.
We apply the following VISA deadlines if your visa procedure has been postponed:
•    1 November if you are not able to travel until January 2021. 

Students who already applied for their visa/residence permit application
If you have already sent us your visa application (or if your application has already been sent to the IND), please pay attention to the following: when you need an entry visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands, be aware that you have to collect this within 90 days – with a possible extension of 90 days. Once you’ve collected your MVV, the entry visa in your passport will be valid for another 90 days. Consult the webpage of your Dutch representation to see if it is possible to make an MVV appointment. This page will be updated as soon as the consular services and appointment options change. Non-EU citizens who do not need an entry visa (MVV)* can enter the Netherlands with their passport (and a valid Schengen permit, if applicable) once this is possible. Please check the Corona page on the website of the IND regularly.

* Traveling from a country to which the entry ban applies
Do you live in a country to which the entry ban applies? For example the United States? Then you may only travel to the Netherlands if you have a vital function or need. This is the case if you have received the IND approval letter (in Dutch: “kennisgeving”) stating that you will receive a residence permit as:
• Student (college, university)
• Family member of a highly skilled migrant or student

Then your flight to the Netherlands must be direct (no transit). You must bring the following documents with you when traveling to the Netherlands:
• For students: The letter stating that you will receive a residence permit (kennisgeving).
• For a family member of a highly skilled migrant or student: If you are not traveling together, your family member will need a copy of the letter stating that you will receive a residence permit (kennisgeving) 

Is the airline not allowing you on the flight because they don't find the letter (kennisgeving) enough evidence? Send an email to [email protected].

Measures for travelling, living, and quarantine

In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Netherlands the Dutch government has decided to implement measures for passengers travelling to the Netherlands from areas with many coronavirus infections by means of a health declaration form and self-quarantine.

What measures do I need to take before travelling to The Netherlands?
- Check the status of the area you are traveling from here. We advise you to consult this page regularly for updates.
- Students and staff coming from red or orange areas are advised to take extra care two weeks prior to their departure to the Netherlands and avoid (risky) social activities. This includes visiting bars, (departure) parties and large gatherings. Do not travel if you have any symptoms!
- Buy/ make face-masks to use in public transport / taxi etc. after arriving in The Netherlands
- Fill out and print a health declaration form. You need to show it upon request on the airport.
- Apply for a health insurance for your stay in the Netherlands: see the information page about insurance in The Netherlands. If you apply in advance, the insurance will also cover the travel days.
- We advise you to bring a valid credit card so that you have access to money as long as you do not have a Dutch bank account.
- For more information, check here.

What should I do when I arrive at the airport in the Netherlands?
- On the airport maintain a distance of 1,5 meters from others, also at the luggage belt.
- At Schiphol airport, a free Covid test is available for passengers from orange/red countries. Be aware that a negative test does not replace the self-quarantine periode.
- More information about the COVID-19 rules at the airport is available here.

How do I go to my student accommodation from the airport or train station?
• You will have to arrange your transport to your accommodation yourself. Route descriptions for public transport will be available soon. It is also possible to make a reservation for a taxi in advance. 
• To travel to your accommodation from the airport, you can use a taxi or the public transport. For both, you will need a non-medical face mask.

Do I need to wear a face mask in the Netherlands?
When travelling by public transport, taxi, coach or car, you must wear a face-mask. A non-medical face mask that does not have a filter and is made of a material such as cotton is enough. These types of face mask are sold in places like supermarkets and pharmacies. You can also make your own.
You may not use a scarf, face shield/visor, snood, bandanna, the collar of a jacket, or a non-medical face mask made from a sock, for instance. Gas masks should also not be used.
All passengers aged 13 and over are required to wear a non-medical face mask. The fine for not wearing a non- medical face mask is € 95.
Information how to use a non-medical face mask can be found here

How do I get the key of my room?

- If you rent an accommodation via VU Amsterdam, the housing providers will inform you how and where you will receive the key of your room.
- If you rent an accommodation on the private market, you will have to make arrangements with your landlord yourself. 

Should I go into self-quarantine?
Students travelling from red or orange areas need to go in self-quarantine for 10 days after arriving in the Netherlands, check here. Some areas are exempted, please check the following page of the Dutch government for actual information.
It does not matter whether an area has an orange /red travel advice or if this changes during the first weeks after you arrived in the Netherlands. In both cases you must self-quarantine for 10 days after arriving in the Netherlands. If a country has an orange travel advice for reasons other than health, you do not need to self-quarantine.

What are the general rules for self-quarantine?
The rules on self-quarantine are published here by the Dutch government.

In short:
- We expect you to have to stay in your room for 10 days after arriving in The Netherland.
- Quarantine is also applicable if you tested negative in your home country or short after your arrival in the Netherlands.   
- During the self-quarantine period do not travel or go to another location in the Netherlands.
- You may not return to your country of origin
- You cannot go to a grocery store for food.
- If you need medical assistance do not go to your General Practitioner or the hospital, but phone the doctor instead.
- Nobody may visit you (except a medical doctor)
- You can sit outside if you have a garden or balcony.
- If you do not develop any symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, you can end the self-quarantine after 10 days.

How do I get groceries in self-quarantine?
For students who need to order food or other essentials during quarantine, we created an information sheet on how and where to do so.

We advise you to try to get in touch with students living in the same housing facility, for example through organized WhatsApp groups. Your fellow students who do not need to do the quarantine period might be willingly to help you with groceries. Be aware to hold on to the COVID rules when you get some help!

If you cannot find a fellow student to help you out, please contact ESN-VU Amsterdam for help: ESN WhatsApp chat group.

Can I go to the municipality to register and get a BSN number during the quarantine time?
Make sure to plan your appointment at the municipality as soon as your self-quarantine ends. For more information, see here.

Can I go to a bank to open a bank account during the quarantine time?
You can not go tot the bank office during quarantine time. But alternative options are possible, check here

How do I get in contact with the university during the quarantine time?
The International office is available for questions. Please check here how you can contact us.

How do I get in contact with other students during the self-quarantine period?
- If you live in student housing, we advise every unit to set up a WhatsApp group to connect with your flatmates!
- In some accommodation buildings, Residence Assistants will be available to chat with or to ask questions.
- Contact ESN VU Amsterdam via their WhatsAppgroup:
ESN VU Amsterdam aims to create a platform for international students and intercultural awareness. They do this by hosting different events (parties, game nights, pub quizzes, city tours, etc.), as well as sharing valuable content on their social media. Are you coming to Amsterdam and looking for a safe international community? Looking to connect with local and international students?

Got any questions regarding university/Amsterdam/life? Need support in quarantine? ESN is here for you! Join their WhatsApp chat, and feel free to tell them about yourself and to ask any questions or requests you might need help with, including doing your groceries! Please note you will need a PayPal account for their grocery services.

ESN WhatsApp chat group
Follow ESN on Instagram for updates and join their Facebook group

What about quarantine if I live in a room with shared facilities?
Students who reserved a room in a building with shared bathroom and shared kitchen, or only a shared kitchen might have challenges with social distancing and keeping with the rules of self-quarantine. Be aware that not all students on your floor will come from orange /red countries, so quarantine will not be necessary for everyone.

However, we ask all students for their understanding, respect, cooperation and solidarity towards each other and hope that you will find a way all together to make it possible maintain social distancing and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We advise you to make agreements with your floormates about the following topics:
- Limit the use of shared spaces as much as possible, so stay in your room!
- Protect yourself and each other by keeping  1,5 meters distance in common areas
- Create a WhatsApp group with your flatmates to keep in contact with each other
- Make schedules for cooking, use of bathroom. The maximum number of students must be restricted so everyone can keep the 1,5 meters distance
- Check out how you can help each other with groceries
- Make schedules for cleaning the common areas
- Use of face-masks in common areas
- Do not invite students from other flats
- It is not allowed to organise parties during quarantine time
- Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups or eating utensils
- Follow the general rules on hygiene: wash your hands frequently and cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Check on your flatmates in quarantine and ask if you can help them

Spring intake 2021 - Master students


All programmes at VU Amsterdam follow the same time-table structure. The academic year starts in the first week of September and is divided into two semesters. Each semester consists of three periods of 8+8+4 weeks.

For period 1 and 2 this is now known:
• All lectures will be taught online
• All exams will take place remotely
• All other educational activities are available online, but on campus when possible

A decision for education in period 3 will follow in October.

Admitted students will receive further information from their Faculty and/or programme by email. Information regarding the format of education can also be found in the course schedule.





Each faculty and programme decides on this matter separately. There is no VU-wide policy. This might mean that your classes are not recorded, and due to a big time difference you will have to attend classes at odd hours.
At the moment the International Office works remotely, following the guidelines of our National Institute for Public Health and Environment. Feel free to contact your International Student Advisor to receive an update on your application.
The Student Desk's physical location in the university's Main Building is currently closed. For this reason VU Amsterdam and its programmes are currently accepting digital diploma copies which can be sent by e-mail to the Student Desk for verification. You can send a clear scan of your original diploma (front and back) to [email protected], including your full name and student number in your correspondence to verify your previous education. Please keep your diploma available for any later moments, as we may ask for a physical copy for verification at a later moment.

If you remain to have difficulties with handing in your certified copy of diploma before the deadline of August 31st, please contact your International Student Advisor about this matter as it may complicate the commencement of your studies.

Please contact your International Student Advisor for advice about your specific situation. Please note that at the moment of applying, you do not need to hand in your English test results and copy of your diploma. We also accept an unofficial transcript of records for the application procedure.
Our staff remains to work remotely for the most part. However, documents sent by post are processed on a weekly basis. We will do our best to verify your documents as soon as possible and update your VUnet applications status.
You don’t need to send in your diploma during the application process. If you have difficulties with handing in your certified copy of diploma before the deadline of Januar 31st, please contact your International Student Advisor about this matter as it may complicate the commencement of your studies. If you are a student from within the EER, please also take a look at your programme page under the header Corona crisis: From a Bachelor’s to a Master’s.
At the moment you can apply for the certificate without your English test results. Once you obtain the results of your English test you can send it to your International Student Advisor and add them to your Nuffic application.
Please contact your International Student Advisor about the possibilities regarding deferring your studies.
We understand that the decision of travelling to Amsterdam at the moment can be subject to many personal circumstances. Once travel restrictions have been lifted, you can decide to already join us in Amsterdam to get settled in and enjoy limited study facilities at our campus, even if on campus activities of your programme have not started yet. As the format of education is still unclear for the second semester, we recommend to keep yourself informed through this page.
General emails can be sent to [email protected]. If you are already in the process of applying, please get in touch with your International Student Advisor. Their contact details can be found here.

Spring intake 2021 Semester in Amsterdam students

More information will follow soon.

Spring intake 2021 Exchange students

Currently, most courses at VU Amsterdam are provided online during the first (fall) semester of academic year 2020/2021. The Executive Board of VU Amsterdam has not made any decisions regarding how educational activities will be offered during spring semester, and how this will affect incoming exchange. Information about incoming student exchange will be published in the second half of September, and communicated to all partner universities.

Is your question not answered here?
Please send an e-mail to the incoming exchange team ([email protected]) or visit the exchange website: www.vu.nl/exchange.

Contact

Student desk: [email protected] | +31 (0)20 598 5020
- Accessible by mail: Monday till Friday from 10:30 - 17:00 hrs.
- Accessible by telephone: Monday till Friday from 10.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 16.00 hrs.

International Service Desk:
- Find the contact information for your programme here.