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The USR is the participation body of and for VU students

University Student Council (USR)

The University Student Council (USR) is engaged with the quality and accessibility of education and VU policy that affects students.

The USR regularly consults with the Executive Board (CvB). The council has important consenting and advisory powers in the fields of strategic policy, organisation, governance, financial support for students and the Student Charter. These rights ensure that the voice of students is always represented within the organisation when important decisions are taken. Members of the council also try to influence the university's policy in various ways by consulting with employees and giving their independent advice.

The council holds Public USR meetings where students can join and express their opinion on advice that will be sent by the USR to the Executive Board. The council also continuously asks students for their opinion in the Student Forum (a meeting that any student can be a member of and can take initiatives), the Presidium (a meeting with the USR and all Faculty Student Councils) and the UVO (a meeting between the USR and Study Association boards of VU Amsterdam). Finally, students can always provide input via email or Instagram.

Joint Assembly

Participation can be divided into a shared and undivided system. In a shared system there are two councils: a staff council and a student council. In an undivided system there is a council with representatives of both employees and students together. The system that a university adopts, is used both decentrally and centrally. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a shared system that includes the Staff Council (OR) and the University Student Council (USR).

The members of the OR and the USR take their seats together in the Joint Assembly (GV). As a result, the University Student Council is always involved in the important decisions that are taken at VU Amsterdam. The duties and powers of the Joint Assembly can be found in the University Joint Assembly Regulations and include, among other things, advisory rights on the annual university budget, the annual report and the annual accounts and the right of consent on the institutional plan (multi-year policy plan), the VU Board Regulations [in Dutch] and the Education Quality Plan [in Dutch]. The GV talks with the Executive Board during the Joint Consultative Meeting (GVO).

About the University Student Council (USR)

Public USR(-CvB) meetings 2023/2024

Wednesday 18 October 2023, 09:30 - 11:30
Thursday 7 December 2023, 12:00 - 14:00
Thursday 8 February 2024, 12:00 - 14:00
Thursday 4 April 2024, 12:00 - 14:00
Thursday 23 May 2024, 12:00 - 14:00
Thursday 11 July 2024, 12:00 - 14:00
Thursday 29 August 2024, 09:30 - 13:00

Public USR
Thursday 28 September 2023, 12:15 - 14:00
Thursday 23 November 2023, 12:15 - 14:00
Thursday 25 January 2024, 12:15 - 14:00
Thursday 14 March 2024, 12:15 - 14:00
Thursday 13 June 2024, 12:15 - 14:00



Elections are held annually for the members of the University Student Council (USR) and the Faculty Student Councils (FSR). As a VU Amsterdam student you can vote for the candidates of your choice. This is done by means of an electronic voting. You can vote twice: for a candidate for the USR and for a candidate for the FSR of your faculty.

Faculty Student Councils (FSR)

Faculty Student Councils (FSR)

The Faculty Student Council (FSR) is the link between students and the Faculty Board. As the highest participation body for students within their faculty it has a say in the decisions that are taken at and about the faculty. It is important that the FSR knows what is going on among students and what the bottlenecks and problems are. In case you have a question, a problem or do you have ideas or suggestions, let us know!

More of the University Student Council (USR)

Do you want to know more about the University Student Council?

Please feel free to contact us.

University Student Council (USR)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Main Building
StudentenD0k, room 0D-12
De Boelelaan 1105
1081HV Amsterdam

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  • Jeannetta van Baarsen
  • Administrative Secretary