Introduction activities August 2021

VU Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming all new international exchange students in August 2021!

Notes about the introduction programme:

  • The introduction takes place in 'Canvas', where you will find all activities. Please keep your VUnetID at hand, as you need it to access the system.
  • You can find everything in Canvas at the stated times, not earlier.
  • The activities will take place online.
  • The introduction activities are free of charge.
  • Times mentioned are CEST. Most of the sessions will be recorded and can be watched at a time that suits you.


Moving to another country to start a programme can be quite exciting. More information about the necessary steps to take before travelling to the country can be found in our FAQ for prospective students

You can find detailed information about matters related to your arrival here.

Introduction programme

Below you will find last year's online introduction programme. We hope to be able to publish this year's online introduction programme around June.

Monday 24 August 2020

10.00 AM - 10.30 AMWord of Welcome
3.30 PM - 5.30 PMInformation market
8.00 PM - 10.00 PMActivities by study-, sports- and student associations
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

Word of Welcome

At 10.00AM our Rector Magnificus and the chairman of the VU Introduction Days board will give you a warm welcome. After this, we created an extra introduction for our new students with speakers Stipo Jeleč (Team Leader Degree Mobility), Karya Odabasi (Student Ambassador), Geerte Udo (CEO Amsterdam&Partners) Sandra Hasanefendic (Assistant Professor) and Harry Wels (Professor).

Information market
Here you will find the participants of this very special edition of the VU Information Market. Normally you stroll along the stalls, now you click on what you find interesting. Do not hesitate to ask your questions!

Activities by student-, sports- and study organisations
During this evening, many study- and student associations will organise online activities. An overview of the activities with the appropriate links can be found in Canvas.

Tuesday 25 August 2020

1.00 PM - 4.00 PMHow to make it at the VU
8.00 PM - 10.00 PMCultural programme
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

How to make it at the VU
Starting a Master's in a new country can be quite exciting. We therefore organise 'How to make it at the VU', where we tell you all about the Dutch education system and grading culture, but also about cultural differences and safe cycling. Make sure to join us. Topics include: - Workshop Cross Cultural Differences
- Workshop Differences in Academic Environment
- Workshop Safe Cycling
- Workshop Safe Drug and Alcohol use
- Dutch Language Course

Cultural programme
Get to know Amsterdam's cultural life! From the famous Concertgebouw to a comedy show, you can easily click around the city through the several links that will be available on Canvas.

Wednesday 26 August 2020

10.30 AM - 1.00 PMWorkshops
1.30 PM - 4.00 PMUilenstede presents
5.00 PM - 7.00 PMAmsterdam City trail
9.00 PM - lateClosing party
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

The workshops enable you to learn more about, for example, exam stress, or smart studying. There is something for everyone! The complete overview of workshops will once again be visible via Canvas.

Uilenstede presents
Discover more about the fantastic Uilenstede - the residential campus of VU Amsterdam. During this afternoon, all affiliated sports associations will present themselves, as will the sports center and Griffioen. There is much more to experience here than just fitness or attending a show. So come by virtually and experience it yourself!

Amsterdam City Trail
Join our exciting online riddle! In small teams you will be challenged to solve puzzles and riddles with all sorts of brainteasers. Are you not able to make it on this date? Then you will be able to play the game individually at any other time. Get ready to solve riddles and learn something new along the way.

Closing Party
Your VUture starts here! Even though digital parties are sub-optimal, we hope to give you a taste of Amsterdam's nightlife that is unforgettable! So zoom in for the coolest tunes and show your dance moves in front of the camera.

Thursday 27 August 2020

15.00 - 16.30 PMOnline pubquiz