Introduction activities August 2018

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming all new international students in August 2018.

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 is working hard to put together an engaging and informative programme especially for you. The introduction week will take place from 17 to 28 August, 2018. Please mark these days in your agenda.

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

Arrival Days: 17, 20 and 21 August 2018

The Arrival Days will take place on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 August. During these days you can arrange all practical matters regarding your registration at VU Amsterdam, register with the municipality, open a bank account and much more! Friday 17 August is for room key pick-up only.

Did you book accommodation with DUWO?
If you rented a room at DUWO through VU Amsterdam, note that there are two days on which you can collect your room keys: Friday August 17th or Monday August 20th.
Please note that from the 21st of August, you can pick up your key at the DUWO office during office hours.

Did you book accommodation with another provider through VU Amsterdam?
If you rented a room at Bijlmer Towers the key pick up date is Friday August 17th.  In case you arrive after August 17th you need to arrange your key pick date and time with Alvast.
If you rented a room at Hotel Jansen/The Student Hotel West you need to arrange your own key pick date and time.

Arrival Days step by step

  • STEP 1) Collect your keys if you arranged your accommodation via VU Amsterdam.
  • STEP 2) Register with the municipality in order to receive a personal public service number (BSN). You will need the BSN to open a bank account, to take out health care, and to apply for benefits or allowance in the Netherlands. Please note that you can only register with the municipality if you arranged accommodation via VU Amsterdam or if you already have an address in Amsterdam, Amstelveen or elsewhere.
  • STEP 3) Arrange all practical matters regarding your registration at VU Amsterdam, meet the incoming exchange team, collect your student card and Proof of Enrollment, get to know VU study associations and much more.

Depending on the Arrival Day of your choice, you can follow the steps listed below.

Please follow this scheme:

Friday 17 August
Monday 20 August
Tuesday 21 August
1) If you arranged accommodation via VU Amsterdam, you can collect your room key.
1) If you arranged your accommodation via the VU International Office, you can collect your room key from 9am-5 pm 2) Register with the Municipality at BelleVUe, VU Amsterdam main building 9:00 am-4:30 pm

2) Register with the Municipality at BelleVUe, VU Amsterdam main building 9:00 am-4:30 pm 3) You can visit the campus to arrange all practical matters regarding your registration at BelleVUeVU Amsterdam main building 9 am- 4:30 pm
3) You can visit the campus to arrange all practical matters regarding your registration at BelleVUe, VU Amsterdam main building 9:00 am- 4:30 pm

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Word Of Welcome (Aula, main building, VU campus)  

• 10:30 - 10:55 Doors open
• 11:00 - 11:05 Introduction by the Chairman of the day
• 11:05 - 11:15 Welcome by Vinod Subramaniam rector VU Amsterdam
• 11:15 - 11:30 Herbert Bos, Professor of Computer Science, VU Amsterdam
• 11:30 - 11:45 Geerte Udo, Guest speaker, Marketing Director of I Amsterdam
• 11:45 - 11:55 ESN President
• 11:55 - 12:00 Closing speech by the Chairman of the day

Amsterdam Scavenger Hunt (city centre)
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.

Thursday 23 August 2018

How to Make it at VU(Aula, main building, VU campus)
Studying abroad will surely provide a student with great opportunities. Along with academic knowledge, it will teach the student much more as getting out of one’s comfort zone can certainly equip an individual for future challenges. In today’s world it’s extremely important to be able to connect with people from different backgrounds, and to perform in a highly diverse environment. We have designed an entertaining, interactive programme specifically with this purpose in mind. Get to know the essentials of Dutch culture, find out how studying at VU can be different from studying at your own university and learn the basic of the Dutch language.

The programme of the event will be announced soon.

Movie night (lecture hall KC-07, main building, VU campus)
To be announced

Friday 24 August 2018

Campus tour
Join us for the Campus tour and get to know the VU campus! During the tour you will be introduced to all hotspots of the main VU building such as the library, the security office, the university restaurant, study areas and learn of hidden gems such as the rooftop terrace. You will also receive a short overview of other faculty buildings, visit the botanical gardens and learn about VU Amsterdam's history.

After registation, you will receive the time and the location of the event.

Monday 27 August 2018

Sports Day
This day is organized to give you an idea of what the VU Sports Center has to offer. You will get the chance to participate in several classes and make use of the Sports Center’s facilities. In addition, you can play teamsports such us soccer, basketball and volleyball. A variety of classes such as zumba, yoga, pole dancing, kick-boxing will be also offered. The fitness area of the sport centre will be freely accessible throughout the day.

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Introduction Week Closing Party
At Atelier an industrial and funky atmosphere will be waiting for you, a variety of delicious food will be served and a DJ will make sure you will dance away the evening. The Introduction Week Closing Party is a way to celebrate the end of your first week here, to get to know your fellow students, enjoy street food and dance! The entrance is free and all new international students will receive 2 coins from the International Office. With 2 coins you can buy food such as an hamburger or a wrap or you can sip a couple of drinks! Of course, you can also buy extra coins.

When: 5 pm-1 am
Where: Atelier (Valschermkade 16, 1059 CD Amsterdam)
Direction to Atelier from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.