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Ukraine

Here you can find all information about how the situation in Ukraine affects education and research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The eyes of the world are on the war in Ukraine. The shocking images that constantly come to us through the news channels defy all description and touch everyone deeply. As a university, we are very concerned about the dramatic situation and developments in Ukraine and the consequences this has for the inhabitants, the universities and the academic community in Ukraine.

We are closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and are looking for possibilities of further help and support for both our Ukrainian and our Russian students and staff. Students from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia who have been directly affected by the situation in Ukraine and meet acute financial difficulties can apply for an emergency fund set up by the VUAssociation. For information and how to apply, please email: emergencyfund.soz@vu.nl.

You can always contact us with questions or concerns. In the Q&A below you can find who you can contact for help.

Please also read our general statement.

These frequently asked questions are regularly updated in response to new developments.

Last modified on 12 October  2022.

Support for Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian students

  • Financial issues

    Emergency fund for VU students 
    The Executive Board has decided to start an emergency fund for students from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia who are directly affected by the situation in Ukraine and meet acute financial difficulties. For information and how to apply please mail to: Emergencyfund.soz@vu.nl.

    Are you concerned about your financial situation and you would like to talk about this?
    Our student counsellors are here for you at studentcounsellor@vu.nl to discuss your concerns.

    Can I get financial help if I cannot pay the rent?
    You can contact the student counsellors to discuss your situation. 

    I am in financial difficulties and am unable to pay my tuition fees. What should I do now?
    You can discuss the options via the Tuition fee consultation hour.

    I do not have access to my bank account. Can I get financial aid?
    You can contact the student counsellors to discuss your situation. 

    I can't support myself. What should I do?
    You can contact the student counsellors to discuss your situation.

    Insurance via AON?
    Please contact them in case you are graduating, and the student insurance is no longer valid. They will search for a reasonable solution. If you have problems paying for the insurance, you can contact them as well to ask for a payment arrangement. Students can contact AON via: info@aonstudentinsurance.com

  • Health and wellbeing

    I experience a lot of stress and/or anxiety about the current situation and the future. Where can I go?
    You can contact the student psychologists counsellors to talk about your feelings by going to the walk-in consultation hours.

    I am concerned about family and/or friends in the affected areas. Who can I turn to?
    Our physical Student Wellbeing Point (main VU building, next to the Student Desk) is there for you. To offer a listening ear or to refer you to someone within the VU who can help with specific problems. We are in close contact with student counselors, academic advisors, student psychologists and the International Office. 

    I just need a listening ear. With whom can I talk?
    Our physical Student Wellbeing Point (main VU building, next to the Student Desk) is there for you. To offer a listening ear or to refer you to someone within the VU who can help with specific problems. We are in close contact with student counselors, academic advisors, student psychologists and the International Office. 

    I feel unsafe (at university) (because of my origin). Who can I turn to?
    You can contact the social safety coordinator at sociale-veiligheid@vu.nl to talk about your situation. You can also do this anonymously.

  • Graduation

    How can I receive my diploma in the affected areas?
    The VU will keep your diploma until we can safely hand it over to you. You will automatically receive a graduation statement from us by e-mail. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Desk at studentdesk@vu.nl.

  • Visa and residency

    What are the consequences for my residence permit?
    All current information on the consequences for residence permits can be found on the IND website.

    I want to apply for asylum, can the VU support this?
    No, the VU is not able to help with applying for asylum. Up-to-date information about the possibilities of applying for asylum can be found on the IND website.

  • Students with a refugee status from Ukraine

    Nuffic opens information desk for students who have fled from Ukraine
    The information desk for students with a refugee status from Ukraine helps them in choosing their study. You can contact them with questions about studying via info.ukraine@nuffic.nl or check their website for more information about, for example, admission, residence and study options.

    I fled from the Ukraine and want to continue my studies. What can I do?
    If you study at an Ukrainian university, but are currently a residing in the Netherlands/Amsterdam, we can offer you the following:

    • Semester in Amsterdam: you can follow regular bachelor-level courses offered in the Fall semester 22/23. The requirements for following courses are:

      You are a student with a refugee status from Ukraine
      You are currently in the Netherlands and registered with a Dutch municipality
      You are currently enrolled as a student in a degree programme at a Ukrainian university

      If you meet these criteria and are interested in following courses, contact us at semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. In order to apply, please provide us with a digital scan of your passport, an English translation of your transcript of records from your Ukrainian university and your current address in the Netherlands.

    Please note, you need to be registered at a Dutch municipality to be able to take part in the above options!

    • Regular (non-Numerus Fixus) Bachelor or Master programme: if you are looking for a full degree programme you can apply as a regular international student if you meet the entry requirements. The next intake moment is September 1, 2023-2024. From 1 October 2022 you can submit a request for enrollment via Studielink. Want to learn more about the application process? Then check out our step-by-step application video for international diploma applicants!

Support for staff and PhD students

  • Health and wellbeing

    If you experience distress or other problems, there are various people you may contact for advice and assistance. Please refer to this page for more information. 

    For PhD candidates specifically, you may consult the PhD psychologist in case of, e.g., anxiety, stress, or mood problems.

  • Visa and residency

    What are the consequences for my residence permit?
    Information for Ukrainian Staff: On the IND website general information is available for Ukrainian staff travelling to the Netherlands and Ukrainian staff residing in the Netherlands.

    Information for Russian Staff: Information on travelling to and from Russia is available on this IND page.

    Contact IND: You can call the IND for questions on the following telephone number: 088 043 0430 and press 0. From outside the Netherlands, please call: +31 88 043 0430.

    Contact VU Staff Immigration office:
    Ukrainian and Russian staff members can also contact our VU Staff immigration team if you have specific questions, via immigration@vu.nl

  • Scholars at risk

    In solidarity with Ukraine, the Executive Board has made available a number of additional scholarships in the Academic Freedom Programme for scholars affected by the crises in Ukraine. VU Amsterdam is an active member of the Scholars at Risk network, a global network of higher education institutions arranging temporary research and teaching positions for threatened scholars. VU Amsterdam will also seek cooperation with SAR for the implementation of these additional scholarships for those scholars threatened by the war in Ukraine. Please contact one of the coordinators of the Academic Freedom project at VU Amsterdam (c.c.j.gerards@vu.nl) if you are a threatened scholar in need of assistance or if you would like to host a threatened scholar at your faculty.

    ​VU Amsterdam is an active member of Scholars at Risk. With a global network of higher education institutions around the world they arrange short-term, temporary research and teaching positions for threatened scholars. Read more information about Scholars at Risk.

  • Hospitality grants for PhD students

    VU Amsterdam has created a fund for the support of PhD students who are affected by the war in Ukraine. The support fund offers hospitality for 1 year at one of VU Amsterdam its faculties. Hospitality includes work space and access to facilities.

    Applications are invited from PhD students who (1) are affected by the war in Ukraine, (2) have an invitation from a faculty at VU Amsterdam to join one of their research teams. Hospitality grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

    For more information, please contact Alex Khyzhniak at o.khyzhniak@vu.nl.

Initiatives - How can I help?

  • Crowdfunding campaign

    VUfonds has started a crowdfunding campaign to support the Ukrainian and Russian students in need. Your contribution is valuable and greatly appreciated!

  • Science for Ukraine

    The initiative 'Science for Ukraine' collects and distributes information about opportunities for Ukrainian students and researchers. More information can be found here

  • Help-Ukraine.nl

    The website Help-Ukraine.nl is made by volunteers in cooperation with the Foundation Ukrainians in the Netherlands. This page is updated daily with the latest information from the foundation and helps you with the question "how can I help".

  • People for people

    Amsterdam's business community responding rapidly to the situation. People for People is a non-profit organisation supplying humanitarian aid for victims of the crisis in Ukraine.