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Study associations

Last updated on 4 January 2023
Would you like to be active in a study association? You're more than welcome!

A study association is, as the name implies, an association for students of the same study or faculty. The association is founded by students and focusses on the content of your studies, with an emphasis on fun and de-stressing.

Most study associations organise substantive activities for students of their own study or faculty. Usually, study associations can give you a discount on study books for your courses as well. Moreover, study associations do not have an introduction period (also known as the hazing or initiation period) and membership is often inexpensive.

If you become active in a study association yourself, you can participate in committees. You can help organise excursions or, for example, join the editorial board of the association magazine. You can also opt for a board year within the study association.

Under certain conditions, student board members of study associations may be eligible for support for study delay as a result of board activities (board grants). These conditions partly relate to the association and partly to the student board members themselves.

Study associations per faculty

There are different study associations per faculty.

  • Amsterdam Chemical Dispute
    B/M Chemistry
  • Anguilla
    B Gezondheid en Leven
  • Geovusie
    B Aarde, Economie en Duurzaamheid
    B Aardwetenschappen
    M Earth Sciences
    M Hydrology
  • Gyrinus Natans
    B/M Biologie
    B/M Biomedical Sciences
    M Biomolecular Sciences
    M Ecology
    M Global Health
    M Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health & Life Sciences
    M Neurosciences
  • Mens
    B Mechanical Engineering
    B Medische Natuurwetenschappen
    M Biomedical Technology and Physics
  • Amsterdam Science Study Association
    B/M Physics and Astronomy
  • SABA
    B/M Business Analytics
  • Salus
    B Gezondheidswetenschappen
    P/M Health Sciences
    B/M Artificial Intelligence
    B/M Computer Science
    B/M Information Sciences
    B/M Mathematics
    M Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
    M Parallel Distributed Computer Systems
  • Subliem
    B/M Science, Business and Innovation
    B Farmaceutische Wetenschappen
    M Drug Discovery and Safety
  • EOS
  • KalioPPE
    B Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
  • Icarus
    B/M Philosophy
    M Filosofie van Cultuur en Bestuur
  • Kliché
    B/P/M Communication and Information Studies
    B Literature and Society
    B Media, Art, Design and Architecture
  • Merlijn
    B/P/M History
  • Synkratos
    B Ancient Studies
    B Archaeology
  • KalioPPE
    B Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Faculty study associations of the School of Business and Economics

  • Aureus
    Economics, Business Administration and International Business Administration (IBA)
  • KalioPPE
    Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
  • Kraket

Related student associations

Associations at VU Amsterdam

Studying in Amsterdam means you can choose from a wide range of study and student associations. There is also a University Student Council and Faculty Student Council to represent you as a student, which you can also become a part of.

More information can be found in the video.

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