Any initial introduction can be a bit stressful, but at VU Amsterdam you are not alone. You will embark on this adventure with around 4000 other first-year students. You will be divided into a group with around fifteen fellow students and two experienced mentors—senior students who already know their way around the VU campus and Amsterdam. You can choose between going all in or participating in a shorter introduction programme.
Note: the information on this web page is meant for Bachelor's students. For the Master's introduction, please see here.
What you will be doing:
- You will become acquainted with your degree programme and fellow students.
- You will find out more about the countless associations you can join at VU Amsterdam or in the city itself.
- You will discover all the hotspots on campus and of Amsterdam.
- You will take part in interesting workshops that help you prepare for your studies.
- The five-day event will be concluded with a party in Amsterdam clubs.
Please note that you can no longer sign up for the VU Introduction Days, registration is closed.
The VU Introduction Days will take place on 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 August in Amsterdam. If, for whatever reason, you are unable or unwilling to attend the full five-day programme, because of covid-restrictions for example, instead opt for the two-day (online) programme on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 August. The focus during those days will be on preparing you for your degree programme. These two days will be on campus and for those unable to attend, online.
Please sign up no later than 16 August* 5 p.m. (CET) for the 5-day programme and no later than 18 August 5 p.m. (CET) for the 2-day programme via the link in the invitation you received by email or on this webpage. Keep your VUnetID at hand while registering. You should have already received your VUnetID by email.
* Due to organizational restraints because of covid we are obliged to set the deadline of registration for the 5-day programme on Monday 16 August at 5 p.m. This means the registration deadline is not Wednesday 18 August anymore. You can still apply for the 2-day programme until August 18 at 5 p.m. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Must-have: VU Introduction Days App
Any updates before and during the Introduction Days will be placed in the VU Introduction Days App. So download the app to stay informed about the latest news, also concerning corona measures. The app will also be the first place to view the programme and we will give you a sneak peek of what you’ll be doing! Download the app now and get a chance to win a great prize!
The app is available at the App Store and Google Play Store.
We have done our utmost to organise a nice programme at VU Amsterdam, but during the VU Introduction Days, we still have to deal with corona measures. This means that on Wednesday 25 August the 1.5 metre rule still applies on campus. From 30 August onwards, students no longer need to keep to the 1.5-metre rule but they do need to wear face masks. Here you can read more about the corona measures of VU Amsterdam, the central government and the city of Amsterdam and about tests for access to participate in the evening program of the VU Introduction Days.
The transition to university live is fun but can also be exciting and scary. Especially if your parents did not study at a (Dutch) university. Before the VU Introduction Days take place, VU Amsterdam offers the Better Prepared programme, in which you, as a first-generation student, are introduced to studying, academic skills and research. You will also gain insight into your motivation, talents, competencies and pitfalls. For more information and to apply, take a look on our website.