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Introduction activities for exchange students

VU Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming all new exchange students in February 2024!

Your first days and weeks in Amsterdam will be filled with new experiences, new people and a few practical considerations too. That is why we organise the following: 

Arrival Day, 2 February 2024

The Arrival Day offers you the perfect opportunity to easily arrange practical matters in a short period of time: picking up your room key (for most but not all accommodation), registering at the municipality (Amstelveen only), arranging health/liability insurance, joining ESN VU Amsterdam, etc.

The incoming exchange team will be available to sign (Erasmus) documents, such as your learning agreement and arrival certificate. Please make sure to print these documents in advance. You will also receive your student card.

The Arrival Day takes place between 10:00 - 16:00h at Sports Centre Uilenstede, Amstelveen. You can drop by any time you like during this day. We do recommend that you arrive in Amsterdam on Friday morning, so that you have enough time to arrange everything. 

Introduction Day, Saturday 3 February 2024

During this day we will offer you a warm welcome at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We will organise a campus tour, a scavenger hunt and karaoke in the evening.

The provisional schedule of the Introduction Day is as follows:

  • 10:30-12:00h: Word of Welcome, lecture hall IN-0B60, Initium Building, VU campus
  • 12:00-13:00h: Campus Tour, VU campus
  • 13:00-14:00h: Lunch
  • 14:00-18:00h: Amsterdam Scavenger Hunt, followed by drinks at a venue in the city centre
  • 18:00-20:00h: Free time to have dinner
  • 20:30-late: Karaoke night

*Photos may be taken during the Introduction Days for PR purposes. By registering for the programme, you agree to this.

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Send us a message
The easiest way to reach us is via e-mail: We normally reply within one or two working days. During busy periods it may take a bit more time.

Schedule an appointment by phone
If you have questions about the exchange programme, you can schedule a 15-minute appointment by phone with a member of the incoming exchange team. You can book an appointment on Tuesdays between 1 and 2 PM, Dutch standard time. Please use our online tool to schedule an appointment.

Consultation hour (walk-in, no appointment required)
If you have questions that cannot be dealt with via e-mail or phone, or if you need us to sign your (Erasmus) forms, please visit us in person. Our consultation hour takes place every Wednesday between 12:30 - 13:30 in the Global Room (HG-1A36).


  • Arnold Pannenborg
  • Coordinator Incoming Exchange
Arnold Pannenborg, International Officer
  • Neira Becar
  • Incoming Exchange Officer
Neira Becar, International Officer
  • Karoline von dem Berge
  • Incoming Exchange Officer
Karoline von dem Berge, International Officer