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VU international Master's Introduction

The international 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 2022-2023 and who have completed their previous education abroad. An overview of other introduction programmes can be found on the Introduction landing page.

In 2022 the international Master's introduction will take place on 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 30 August. This includes the Practical Matters Day for Master's students on Wednesday 24 August. The registration for most events is already closed. However, it is still possible to register for the Scavenger hunt and the Closing party. You can find the registration links in the newsletter that you received on 27 July.

On this webpage you can find more information about the Practical Matters day, a preliminary programme and Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to internationalintroduction@vu.nl.

During the Introduction days, photos may be taken for PR purposes.

Examples from previous years

Practical Matters Day

For all new international students, VU Amsterdam International Office organises a Practical Matters Day. During this day, you can arrange all sorts of practicalities, e.g. register at the municipality of Amstelveen or arrange insurance. A complete overview can be found in the programme overview below.

The Practical Matters Day for Master's students will take place on Wednesday 24 August in the VU Sports Centre (Uilenstede 100, 1183 AM Amstelveen), between 10:00 and 16:00. It is not necessary to register for this day, and you can also join if you decide to not participate in the other activities from the VU Master's Introduction Days.

Note: the date and name of this event differ slightly from what was mentioned in the Getting Started Guide. The information mentioned above is up-to-date and correct.

Download the intro app!

The programme and updates during the VU Master's Introduction Days will be placed in the VU Introduction Days App. So download the app to stay informed about the latest news!

In the app you can find the programme, a map of the campus and other locations, and an overview of associations. The app is available in the App Store and Google Play Store. After downloading, please make sure to select the following in order to see the correct programme:

  • Select your study phase → (pre)Master (International) 22-30 aug
  • Select your study → (pre)Master (International)

Preliminary programme (22-30 August)

  • Monday 22 August

    11:00 - 12:30 Campus activity and Campus tour group 1

    You will do a campus tour together with a small group of students where we show you practical places but also hidden gems. There will be some small activities to get to know your fellow students better. Because of the group size, this event is organised twice. You can only attend one of the shifts.

    You can only join this event if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. 

    12:30 - 13:00 Word of Welcome

    During the World of Welcome several speakers will give you a warm welcome on our campus square, amongst others Jeroen Geurts (Rector Magnificus VU Amsterdam) and Stipo Jeleč (Team Leader Degree). This is also the perfect opportunity to already get to know other students.

    Registration for this event is not necessary.

    13:00 - 14:30 Campus activity and Campus tour group 2

    See above for more information.

    19:00 - 22:00 Pub quiz

    The pub quiz is always one of our most popular events. We leave the campus for an evening in café 'De Blauwe Engel'. Together with fellow students, you will find out who knows most about the Netherlands, VU Amsterdam and general history.

    You can only join this event if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. 

  • Tuesday 23 August

    11:00 - 16:00 How to make it at the VU

    Do you want to make the most out of your time at VU Amsterdam? Then join this day, filled with interesting sessions (registration required) and an informaton market (no registration required).

    The session about intercultural communication and culture shock is offered twice (one time also including a student panel). Please make sure to only register for one of the sessions. All sessions require a separate registration.

    Programme

    • 11:00 - 12:30 Presentation about intercultural communication incl. student panel
      Moving abroad can be quite challenging. During this session we will tell you more about the culture shock you might experience if you move to the Netherlands. For example, our grading culture might differ from what you are used to.
    • 12:30 - 15:30 Information market with study and student associations in the Foyer - no registration needed
      Several organisations, such as study associations, will present themselves during a small information market. It is not necessary to register for this market, you can just stop by! The following associations have already confirmed their participation: Aureus, Gyrinus natans, University Student Council, Aureus, Family of Academic Minds (FAM), VU Pride, ESN VU Amsterdam.
    • 13:00 - 14:00 Crash course Dutch by Koentact
      Learning the Dutch language should be fun! The last thing you want to do after a day of studying is opening a dull grammar book. During this crash course from Koentact, you will learn your first Dutch sentences in a fun way.
    • 14:00 - 14:45 How to deal with drugs and alcohol responsibly by Jellinek
      New experiences are part of your student days. For some, this will include the use of alcohol or other drugs. How do alcohol and other drugs work? And what are the effects of them on your brain, memory and study performance? How do you get through your student days without a hangover? Where can you test your drugs? And if you're worried about your own or your friend’s alcohol or drug use, where can you go to?
    • 15:00 - 16:00 Presentation about intercultural communication excl. student panel

    You can only join the sessions if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. The information market does not require a registration.

    19:00 - 22:00 Karaoke night

    Do you have the voice of an angel? Or do you just love to sing? Then join us for our karaoke night! Let's find out which fellow student has the best singing voice. Of course it is also possible to join if you do not want to sing yourself.

    You can only join this event if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. 

  • Wednesday 24 August

    10:00 - 16:00 Practical Matters day

    On this day, you can arrange all sorts of practicalities at the VU Sports Centre. From registering at the municipality of Amstelveen to opening a bank account, and from buying a bike to finding a General Practitioner: you can take care of all these things in one go.

    We want to stress that it is not necessary to be present at exactly 10:00am - you can drop by at any moment during the day to avoid queues. 

    The following parties will be present during the Practical Matters day:

    • ABN Amro bank
    • Aon Student Insurance
    • Housing corporation DUWO
    • Immigration & Visa Officers
    • International Student Advisors
    • International Student Services (ISS)
    • Municipality of Amstelveen
    • Student desk
    • Student Mobility: ov-chipcard for students
    • The BikeBoys
    • University medical centre: General practitioners
    • VBU: Residents Association Uilenstede
    • VU NT-2 Dutch lessons

    Registration for this event is not necessary. Please note that the municipality of Amsterdam will not be present. More information on how to register at that municipality can be found here.

  • Thursday 25 August

    13:30 - 21:00 Sport and Culture day

    VU Amsterdam has so much more to offer than just studying. On these days, you can get to know our Sports Centre, Cultural Centre Griffioen, and the newly opened cinema Rialto. 

    13:30 - 18:00 Sports day at Sports Centre VU

    During the day the Sports Centre organises several possibilities to play team sports and fitness. Registration for those activities is not necessary. There are also several sports classes for you to try out, which do require registration.

    Of course you are more than welcome for a snack and drink afterwards.

    13:30 - 18:00 Team sports and fitness

    TimeActivityLocationRemarks
    13:30 - 14:00Walk-in and possibility to changeSports centre Uilenstede
    14:00 - 17:00FitnessGym hallFree training. Note that it's not a class. An instructor is present to answer questions.
    14:00 - 17:00Basketball / VolleyballSports hall 1No registration needed, however note that there may be several rounds. The first will start around 14:00.
    14:00 - 17:00Futsal (indoor soccer)Sports hall 2No registration needed, however note that there may be several rounds. The first will start around 14:00.
    17:00 - 18:00Drinks & snacksSports Centre CaféNo registration needed, drinks at own expense

    14:00 - 17:00 Sports classes

    TimeStudio 1Studio 2Studio 3Remarks
    14:00 - 15:00YogaPole dancingZumbaRegistration needed
    15:00 - 16:00YogaPole dancingKick boxingRegistration needed
    16:00 - 17:00YogaPole dancingBoxingRegistration needed

    You can only join these classes if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. Of course you are also welcome to join the drinks at 17:00 in the Sports Centre Café - no registration is needed for that.

    Cultural workshops at Griffioen Cultural Centre (14:00 - 16:00)

    At Griffioen you can unwind! Not only do they have a versatile theatre programme, but you can also come to them for creative courses. In their theatre you will find everything from cabaret to theatre, music and dance, from big names to new talents. In terms of courses, Griffioen offers everything from dance to music, mindfulness, theatre, writing, photography, painting and much more. During this day, they offer several courses for you to try.

    Improv theatre
    In improvisation, there are no mistakes. Stage and create something new with little preparation. During this workshop you'll learn to stop restricting your imagination and your expression, you'll learn to express your ideas and creativity on stage with other improvisers. 

    Afro Mix
    In this workshop, the art is to let go of everything while dancing to Afrobeats, Dancehall and Dubstep. This workshop is open to everyone who wants to experience this energetic and challenging dance style! No need to have experience in dancing. 

    Salsa
    In this workshop you will learn the basic elements of Salsa. A dance partner is not necessary! At the end of the workshop, you are ready to dance with anyone at a Salsa party!

    TimeNimfen-roomEenhoorn-roomFeniks-room
    14:00 - 15:00SalsaImprov theatreAfro mix
    15:00 - 16:00SalsaImprov theatreAfro mix

    You can only join these classes if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. 

    Movie night (18:30 - 21:00)

    Want to catch a movie after college or during a break? It's possible on the campus! In the New University Building you'll find Rialto VU; a brand new movie theater with four state-of-the-art screening rooms. From award-winning dramas to timeless classics and from sharp comedies to eye-opening documentaries, you can see it all at Rialto VU. In addition, film festivals such as IDFA, CinemAsia and World Cinema Amsterdam take place regularly.

    Get to know Rialto VU
    To give you a taste of the cinema on campus, you can attend a movie programe during the VU Master's introduction with three short films by young, talented filmmakers. There are three timeslots that you can join, and during each timeslot all three short films will be shown.

    • Timeslot 1: starts at 18:30
    • Timeslot 2: starts at 19:20
    • Timeslot 3: starts at 20:15 

    About the movies

    • MTI
      Mauricio Corco | Chile | 2021 | 18' | Chilean spoken | English subtitled

    Mti (29), a Haitian immigrant, decides to return to Haiti with his wife and daughter after years of saving up during his stay in Chile. However, his plans are thrown into disarray when his money is stolen.

    • Club Lockdown
      Ashar Medina | Netherlands | 2019 | Dutch spoken | English subtitles 

    In this thriller, an encounter takes place in an abandoned nightclub at the time of corona. During this dissolute evening, secrets come to light and a date degenerates into a life and death fight.

    • #YOLO4REAL
      Aiman Hassani | Netherlands | 2017 | Dutch spoken | English subtitles

    Ahmed is 21 years old when he is told he is terminally ill. In the period after the diagnosis, we see how he reacts to this 'death fate'. Will he die before he even draws his last breath, or will Ahmed make use of every millisecond he has left?

    You can only join this event if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. 

  • Friday 26 August

    10:00 - 15:00 Get to know your neighbourhood

    If you arranged your accommodation via VU Amsterdam, you might have already seen the area that you will be living in. Do you wonder what your new ‘hood’ will look like, and perhaps what you could mean for your new neighbourhood? Then join this event, that includes a tour around the area where your housing is located.

    Please note that the event does not take five hours: we will have two starting times. The tour itself takes approximately 1.5 hours.

    The tours are divided across the housing providers as follows:

    • Bijlmermeer: OurCampus, OurDomain, Student Experience Amsterdam Amstel
    • Buitenveldert: Hotel Jansen, Uilenstede
    • East: Eerste Ringdijkstraat, Pierre Lallementstraat
    • New-West: Krelis Louwenstraat, StuNest, The Student Hotel West, Cornelis Lelylaan, Mosaic World
    • North: BOLD, Student Experience Minervahaven
    • Zuidas/Buitenveldert: Student Experience Zuidas, De Boelelaan, EuroParcs Amsterdamse Bos

    You can only register yourself for a tour in the area that you are going to live in.

    You can only join this event if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. 

  • Monday 29 August

    10:00 - 16:00 Scavenger hunt

    Time to move into the city centre! During the scavenger hunt, you will get to know the city you will call home even better. Together with a group you will do some challenges, while learning more about the city. Please note that the event does not six hours: we will have several starting times. The scavenger hunt takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

    You can only join this event if you registered and received a confirmation via e-mail. 

  • Tuesday 30 August

    09:30 - 12:00 Online Workshops

    We will organise several online workshops, from how to learn for your exams to financial tips. It is already determined that this event will take place online. Please be aware that some of the workshops have a maximum capacity, therefore we will follow the first come, first served principle. The following workshops have already been confirmed (more will follow at a later date):

    • Crash course Dutch for international students
    • Broader mind course
    • Smart learning
    • English language survival kit
    • Ready for the English language test
    • How to boost motivation in your studies
    • How to learn for a test
    • Top 5 tips from our student psychologists
    • Studying with a disability
    • New Connective - Everything changes but you
    • The Mixed Classroom
    • Rethink. Change your unhelpful thoughts into helpful ones
    • Substance use and health
    • Healthcare in the Netherlands
    • Wellbeing of the student - How and where to find help
    • Stand up against harassment
    • VU Pride
    • Stress less: are you out of balance?

    Registration for this event is not necessary.

    22:00 - 04:00 Closing Party

    After a great week, it's time to end with a bang. In several clubs in Amsterdam, we have our closing party together with the Bachelor's introduction. With a ticket, you will have access to all three clubs, making it possible to check them all out in one night.

    Registration for this event is not necessary. You will receive more information about the entrance ticket via e-mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the VU Master's Introduction Days 2022 take place?

    This year's programme is scheduled for 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 30 August. This includes the 'Practical Matters Day' on Wednesday 24 August (formerly known as 'Arrival day'). There is no central programme during the weekend.

  • What are the costs of the VU Master's Introduction Days?

    The VU Master's Introduction Days are free of cost. We do not pay any travel expenses/public transport costs to come to campus or to travel in Amsterdam. Food and drinks are also not included.

  • Registration and cancellations

    How do I register?

    If you have applied for the first year of a Master's programme and your registration is completed, you will receive several introduction newsletters during the summer. In this newsletter we will inform you once registration for the several events starts. It's important to note that you will need to register per event separately.

    Until when can I register?

    This will be decided later, however some events will work on a first come, first served base.

    I signed up for an event, but would like to cancel

    Please send an e-mail to internationalintroduction@vu.nl, so we can give your spot to someone else.

    I signed up for a specific group or class, but would like to switch

    Please send an e-mail to internationalintroduction@vu.nl, and let us know which group or class you would like to join instead. We will see if it's possible to switch and if so, inform you via e-mail.

  • Is participation in the VU Master's introduction mandatory?

    Participation is not mandatory. However, we do advise you to join the events, since it's the perfect start of your time here! The Practical Matters day is also not mandatory, but it will take more effort to arrange these things on your own. More information on how to do so, can be found on our Arrival webpage.

  • I’m from Amsterdam/I will not be living in Amsterdam during my studies: are the VU Master's Introduction Days relevant for me?

    Absolutely! The VU Master's Introduction Days are not just for getting to know Amsterdam, they are especially meant for getting to know student life and your fellow students. You will also discover all the sports, study and student associations and it is a fun way to make friends and get to know fellow students before your studies start!

  • What's the difference between the VU Master's Introduction Days and the Faculty Introduction Days?

    The VU Master's introduction focuses on getting to know the university in general, students from other programmes, and the city. During the faculty introduction you will receive important information about your study programme, faculty and studying at VU Amsterdam. You will also meet your fellow students and lecturers. More information about the Faculty Introduction Days can be found here.

  • Can I sleep somewhere if I do not live in Amsterdam?

    We do not arrange sleeping places and therefore we make sure that the central part almost always ends before 23:00. This way you still have enough time to travel to the city where you live. The final party on Tuesday 30 August can go on until late at night and it is therefore useful to arrange a place to stay overnight.

  • I have an allergy, illness or functional impairment

    We do our best to make the VU Master's Introduction Days also accessible for students with a disability and/or (chronic) illness. If you want to be sure of an enjoyable time, please send an e-mail to internationalintroduction@vu.nl and indicate what we have to take into account or what you need help with. We will be happy to help you!

  • Religion and the VU Master's Introduction Days

    VU Amsterdam is traditionally a university where students from different cultures feel at home. We take all religions into account, also during the VU Master's Introduction Days. For example, an Islamic prayer room is available on campus.

  • Will there be COVID-19 measures during the VU Master's Introduction Days?

    As of yet, there are no COVID-19 measures in place, which means that the VU Master's Introduction Days can go on as planned. Of course, this can change. In all cases we try to organise as nice a programme as possible and always follow the applicable rules from the national government.

Contact

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

internationalintroduction@vu.nl

More information about your arrival can be found on our Arrival webpage: www.vu.nl/arrival