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VU Master's Introduction for new students

The Master's introduction is the ideal way to get to know the university, your fellow students, and the city of Amsterdam.

Note: the information on this page is only meant for international Master's and Pre-Master's students who will start their degree programme in the first semester of academic year 2023-2024 and who have completed their previous education abroad. An overview of other introduction programmes can be found on the Introduction landing page.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming all new Pre-Master's and Master's students starting in September 2023!

During your first days, we 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 - 23 and 24 August
  2.  Social programme - 25, 28 and 29 August
  3.  Programme introduction - 31 August or 1 September (depending on your programme)

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

Examples from previous years

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.

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Do you have any questions about the VU Master's introduction?

More information about your arrival can be found on our Arrival webpage: