We are preparing to start the new academic year without restrictions. But of course, we are closely following the developments regarding the corona measures and will keep you informed on this page if there are any changes that will affect the academic education.
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VU Introduction Days 2021
The VU Introduction Days for first-year Bachelor's students will take place on 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 August. They will get to know the university, their fellow students and Amsterdam in five days. They will hear all the ins and outs about their study programme, follow workshops, take part in sports and cultural activities, and conclude with a party in clubs in Amsterdam. For students who do not want to participate for five days, we also offer a two-day programme focused on their studies. This programme takes place partly on campus and partly online. For the latest information, please visit the VU Introduction Days website.
VU Amsterdam International Office also organises an introduction period for international Master’s students on 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 August. For more information, go to this webpage.
This summer, we will most likely still have to deal with corona measures. We will do our utmost to organise a fun programme, but it may be that we have to adapt it to the measures in place at that time.
What will education look like on campus in 2021-2022?
VU Amsterdam is aiming for full campus occupancy in the coming academic year (September 2021).
We will be working with a flexible timetable, in which the campus will once again be fully used for education, but in which it is also possible to scale up or down to a '1.5-metre timetable'. This is how VU Amsterdam will be prepared for various scenarios and campus space can be used as effectively as possible, while safety and accessibility of our campus remains guaranteed.
The positive experiences from the current academic year will be incorporated in the new academic year. We experienced how digital innovations help us to better organise our education, and we also like to further grow in activating education with the use of blended learning. Part of our education will therefore also be online next year, supported by digital tools. This is how we can offer high-quality and future-proof education to our current and future students. Physical contact obviously remains crucial for our students. By organising the academic year 2021-2022 this way, we offer our students the best of both worlds: online and offline.
Am I required to have a vaccination certificate before I start my studies?
In the new academic year, VU Amsterdam assumes full use of the campus, without 1.5 metres and without additional restrictions such as an corona entry certificate.
How are exams taken in the 2021-2022 academic year?
VU Amsterdam will assume full use of the campus in the coming academic year. Exams will take place physically as much as possible on campus or at an external location designated by VU Amsterdam.
Which corona measures will apply on campus for the next academic year?
It is expected that most of the corona measures will be lifted after the summer break. We will give you an update on this page after 13 August. The measures currently in force can be found here: www.vu.nl/coronavirus.
Virtual Campus Tour
Please visit our Virtual Campus Tour to experience our campus and the life of an international student at VU Amsterdam.
If you have questions about registration and deregistration, tuition fees, registering for education, requesting a list of grades and authenticating a diploma, please first check if your question is answered in the FAQ's. If your question is not answered, you can contact the Student Desk. Answers to frequently asked questions about transition, registration and admission can also be found on this webpage.
Student desk: firstname.lastname@example.org | +31 (0)20 598 5020
- Accessible by mail: Monday till Friday from 10:30 - 17:00.
- Accessible by telephone: Monday till Friday from 10:30 - 12.30 and 14:00 - 16:00.
- Accessibility desk: the physical desk at VU Amsterdam is closed until further notice. As soon as the corona measures allow it, the desk will be reopened. We will inform you about this on this page.
International Service Desk:
You can find the contact information for your programme here.
As soon as the coronation measures at VU Amsterdam allow it, the desk will be reopened.
Are you worried about your study progress? Do you have questions about the effect this period may have on your studies? Or do you have other questions that you cannot answer yourself? Our study advisors can be reached by phone or email. You can find the information for your study programme on the VUweb programme page.
We are aware that these times can also cause a lot of confusion and unrest. If you feel the need to talk to someone, our student psychologists are right here for you. You can best reach them via email@example.com or via VUweb. Check this platform for an overview of the support offered by VU Amsterdam.
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