Introduction activities February 2019

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming all new international students in February 2019.

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. The introduction programme will take place on Friday 1 February and Saturday 2 February 2019. Please mark these days in your agenda.

The Arrival and Introduction Day will be organized by VU International Office and are free of charge.

Arrival Day on Friday 1 February 2019, 09.00-16.00h

The Arrival Day offers you the perfect opportunity to easily arrange all practical matters in a short period of time: picking up your room key, registering at the municipality (Amstelveen only), arranging health/liability insurance (if applicable), joining the ESN student network, and so on. You will also receive your student card and proof of enrollment.

Also, the members of the incoming exchange team will check your registration and your courses. They are available to sign documents from your home university as well, for example your learning agreement and arrival/confirmation certificate. We kindly ask you to print these documents in advance.

The Arrival Day takes place between 9.00 – 16.00h at the Sports Centre, Uilenstede campus. The address is Uilenstede 100, Amstelveen. 

We strongly recommend that you arrive in Amsterdam on Friday morning, so that you have enough time to arrange everything.

Introduction Day on Saturday 2 February 2019, 10.30-18.00h

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10.30 – 12.00h: Word of Welcome, room KC-07, main building, VU campus
  • 12.00 – 12.45h: Campus Tour
  • 13.00 – 14.30h: Dutch lunch @ Uilenstede campus
  • 14.30 – 17.00h: Amsterdam Scavenger Hunt
  • From 17.00h onwards: drinks @ Uilenstede campus

Word Of Welcome
KC-07, ground floor, VU Amsterdam main building
Time: walk-in 10.15, event will start at 10.30h.

• 10:30 - 10:45 Welcome by Frans Snijders, Director of the International Office
• 10:45 - 11:30 Introduction by the incoming team
• 11:30 - 11:40 ESN Introduction
• 11:40 - 11:55 Bike Boys presentation

Amsterdam Scavenger Hunt
What better way than to explore the amazing city of Amsterdam through a scavenger hunt. We will end the hunt at Il Caffè Uilenstede for drinks, and of course there will be prizes for the winners. Once you have registered, we will send you an e-mail with details about the departure time and location.

For this event you will need to use public transport. Please buy an OV-chipkaart (public transport card) beforehand. You can buy this card at Schiphol Airport or at any (metro)station. You can also buy a day-ticket for the usage of public transport.