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Introduction activities for Semester in Amsterdam students

The Semester in Amsterdam introduction is the ideal way to get to know the university, your fellow students, and the city of Amsterdam.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming all new Semester in Amsterdam students starting in Fall 2023!

During your first days, the International Office will arrange several activities in order to help you become acquainted with the city of Amsterdam and the university campus, to get to know your fellow students and, of course, to have fun! Our introduction team will put together an engaging and informative programme especially for you.

More information will follow in the summer, but please mark the following dates in your calendar:

  1.  Practical Matters Day and How to make it at VU Amsterdam - 22, 23 and 24 August
  2.  Social programme - 25, 28 and 29 August

During the Introduction days, photos may be taken for PR purposes. By signing up for the programme, you agree with this.

Integration into Dutch culture
Successful integration into Dutch culture and making our international students feel at home and connected are key values of VU Amsterdam.  In this regard, the introduction programme is specially designed to get you off to a good start. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you participate in the entire programme!

Moving to Amsterdam to continue your academic career at a university abroad is both an exhilarating and perhaps slightly scary experience. After all, you will be alone in an unfamiliar place. We know it can be difficult to know where to go, what to do, how to organise, and what to prioritise. The introduction programme offered by VU Amsterdam plays a role in offering you a soft landing and preparing you for your new life in Amsterdam.

VU Introduction Programme - Saturday, 4 February: The VU Introduction Day is organized by the international office and is a great way to meet other international students starting their studies at VU this spring. This day includes a campus tour, a scavenger hunt, and a karaoke night in the evening. You can find a tentative schedule for the Introduction Day below:

  • 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
  • 14:00-16:00h: Amsterdam Scavenger Hunt - city centre
  • 16:00-18:00h: Drinks - city centre
  • 18:00-20:00h: free time to have dinner
  • 20:30-late: Karaoke night

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Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us!

Semester in Amsterdam is a separate programme from the Exchange programme at VU Amsterdam. If you have been nominated by your home university for Exchange and your university is a partner of VU Amsterdam, please contact Are you currently a student of another Dutch university wishing to register for a minor? Please contact the student desk at