Introduction activities Spring 2020

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming all new international students in Spring 2020!

During your first days, the International Office will arrange several activities in order to help you become acquainted with the city of Amsterdam and the university campus, to get to know your fellow students and, of course, to have fun! Our introduction team is working hard to put together an engaging and informative programme especially for you. The Arrival Day and Introduction Day will take place on Friday 31 January 2020 and Saturday 1 February 2020. We expect you to attend both days, so please mark them in your agenda.

The Arrival Day and Introduction Day are offered by the VU International Office and it is free of charge for international exchange students.

Integration into Dutch culture

Successful integration into Dutch culture and making our international students feel at home and connected are key values of VU Amsterdam.  In this regard, the Introduction Week is specially designed to get our international students off to a good start. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you participate in the VU Amsterdam Introduction Week!

Moving to Amsterdam to continue your academic career at a university abroad is both an exhilarating and perhaps slightly scary experience. After all, you will be alone in an unfamiliar place. We know it can be difficult to know where to go, what to do, how to organise, and what to prioritise. The Introduction Week offered by VU Amsterdam plays a crucial role in offering a soft landing for international students and prepares you for your new life in Amsterdam.

In order to ensure that our international students can get in touch with their Dutch peers more easily and get used to Dutch culture, we have several elements planned during the Introduction Week which will stimulate integration:

Mentors. We have roughly 30 Dutch students on board who have studied abroad themselves. They will be there during the Arrival Days to help out during the events of Introduction Week. This is an easy and accessible way to already get in contact with some Dutch peers.

Study Associations. Study associations are an important part of the Dutch study culture. Therefore we invited several study associations to the Arrival Days. By becoming a member of a study association, international students will immediately have access to a vast network of Dutch students. Through these associations they can participate in events which will enable them to make friends quickly and which will ultimately make them feel more rooted in the Netherlands and Amsterdam.

Arrival Day, Friday 31 January 2020, 09.00-16.00h

The Arrival Day offers you the perfect opportunity to easily arrange all practical matters in a short period of time: picking up your room key, registering at the municipality (Amstelveen only), arranging health/liability insurance (if applicable), joining the ESN student network, and so on. You will also receive your student card and proof of enrollment.

Also, the members of the incoming exchange team will check your registration and your courses. They are available to sign documents from your home university as well, for example your learning agreement and arrival/confirmation certificate. We kindly ask you to print these documents in advance.

The Arrival Day takes place between 9.00 – 16.00h at the Sports Centre, Uilenstede campus. The address is Uilenstede 100, Amstelveen. 

We strongly recommend that you arrive in Amsterdam on Friday morning, so that you have enough time to arrange everything.

Introduction Day, Saturday 1 February 2020, 10.30-18.00h

Below you can find a provisional schedule of the day. The final schedule will be posted as soon as possible:

  • 10.30 - 12.00h: Word of Welcome, lecture hall KC-07, main building, VU campus
  • 12.00 - 12.45h: Campus tour
  • 12.45 - 14.00h: Lunch
  • 14.00 - 16.00h: Amsterdam Scavenger Hunt
  • 16.00 - 18.00h: Drinks

Word of welcome
Location: KC-07, ground floor, VU Amsterdam main building
Time: walk-in 10.15, event will start at 10.30h.

• 10:30 - 10:45 Welcome by Frans Snijders, Director of the International Office
• 10:45 - 11:30 Introduction by the incoming team
• 11:30 - 11:40 ESN Introduction
• 11:40 - 11:55 Bike Boys presentation

Amsterdam Scavenger Hunt
What better way than to explore the amazing city of Amsterdam through a scavenger hunt. We will end the hunt at a location in the city centre, and of course there will be prizes for the winners.

For this event you will need to use public transport. Please buy an OV-chipkaart (public transport card) beforehand. You can buy this card at Schiphol Airport or at any (metro)station. You can also buy a day-ticket for the usage of public transport.