Introduction Week August 2018

Meet your fellow students, arrange practical matters and have fun!

Introduction Week International Students

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 20 August to 28 August 2018. You don't want to miss out, so please mark these days in your agenda!

You have to sign up for the various events via our registration form. As we have to book locations in advance, it is unfortunately not possible to join events when you have not signed up. The registration form will close 6 August 2018. So don't forget to register!

The Arrival Days and the Introduction Week are offered by the VU International Office and it is free of charge for international Master students.

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 Week is specially designed to get our international students off to a good start. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you participate in the VU Amsterdam Introduction Week!

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 Week offered by VU Amsterdam plays a crucial role in offering a soft landing for international students and prepares you for your new life in Amsterdam.

In order to ensure that our international students can get in touch with their Dutch peers more easily and get used to Dutch culture, we have several elements planned during the Introduction Week which will stimulate integration:

  • Mentors. We have roughly 30 Dutch students on board who have studied abroad themselves. They will be there during the Arrival Days to help out during the events of Introduction Week. This is an easy and accessible way to already get in contact with some Dutch peers.
  • Study Associations. Study associations are an important part of the Dutch study culture. Therefore we invited several study associations to the Arrival Days. By becoming a member of a study association, international students will immediately have access to a vast network of Dutch students. Through these associations they can participate in events which will enable them to make friends quickly and which will ultimately make them feel more rooted in the Netherlands and Amsterdam.
  • Sports Associations. Participating in sports is one of the easiest ways to connect with other people. Therefore, we have invited several sports associations to participate in the Sports Day.
  • How to Make it at VU. This event will include intercultural classes and classes on Dutch culture as well as a Dutch crash course.

    This program is designed to:
  • Help you develop intercultural competencies to connect with people from different backgrounds and to perform effectively in highly diverse environments.
  • Explain the educational style in the Netherlands and its main characteristics. Many students do not realize that courses can be taught in different styles and that the style you are used to in your own country probably differs from the methods used at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. You might make the mistake of entering a study programme in the Netherlands with a set of values and expectations developed in your own country, culture, and previous education.
  • Provide an overview of the activities organized by the International Office to help you plan your future career development.
  • Equip you with basic Dutch phrases and (funny) facts about Dutch culture. Don’t be surprised if at the end of your stay you can’t get the word ‘gezellig’ out of your vocabulary or if ‘stroopwafels’ become your new favorite treat!

During the Arrival Days you can arrange all practical matters regarding your registration at VU Amsterdam, meet your International Student Advisor, register with the municipality, pick up your student card and much more! Below you will find information concerning the locations where you can collect the key to your room.

 

Did you book a furnished room at 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 17 August and Monday 20 August. You can collect your keys at Il Caffè, Uilenstede.

Please note that from 21 August, you can pick up your key at the DUWO office during office hours.

 

Did you book a room atIC The Fizz Spartaan/Campus Diemen Zuid/The Student Hotel West/Student Experience/Spinoza Campus through VU Amsterdam?

If you rented a room at IC The Fizz Spartaan the key pick up date is Friday 17 August. You can collect your keys at the location itself. In case you arrive after 17 August, you will need to arrange your key pick-up date and time with IC yourself.

If you rented a room at Campus Diemen Zuid/The Student Hotel West/Student Experience/Spinoza Campus you need to arrange your own key pick-up date and time with the housing corporation. Please note that when you have a room at Spinoza Campus, you can collect your keys at the DUWO office. 

Arranging your own accommodation and not through VU Amsterdam?

If you did not arrange your accommodation via VU Amsterdam you can arrive on Monday 20 August and arrange all practical matters on the 20 or 21 August.

Introduction Week Programme (overview)

Arrival Days: Accommodation Matters
17 and 20 August
Arrival Days: Practical Matters
20 and 21 August

Wednesday
22 August

Thursday
23 August

Friday
24 August

Monday
27 August

Tuesday
28 August

Collect your keys on these dates(please check the Arrival Days tab for the different pick-up locations)

Arrange practical matters, BelleVUe behind VU Amsterdam Main Building
Word of Welcome, Aula VU Amsterdam main building
Sports Day, Uilenstede                                         


Information Market, Campus Square VU Amsterdam main building

How to make it at VU, VU Amsterdam main buildingCampus Tour, KC07 VU Amsterdam main Building

Amsterdam Boat Tour, Amsterdam Central Station



Pub quiz or Movie Night (depending on your choice), location to be announcedInternational Students Closing Party at Atelier

The Arrival Days are part of the Introduction Week. As you can see in the schedule below, our official Arrival Days will take place on Friday 17 August, Monday 20 August and Tuesday 21 August. Depending on the day you arrive in Amsterdam, you can choose which day works best with your schedule to complete the practicalities.

What can you expect during the Arrival Days?
As you probably know, starting from 17 August, the International Office will host the Arrival Days to welcome you to VU Amsterdam. We hope to meet you all then! To give you an idea of which matters to take care of and in which order, we have included an explanation and overview below.

Arrival Days step by step

  • STEP 1) Collect your keys if you arranged your accommodation via VU Amsterdam (check the pick-up locations).
  • 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 your International Student Advisor, pick-up your student card, 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 your accommodation via the VU International Office. You can pick up the keys to your room (check the pick-up locations)

1) If you arranged your accommodation via the VU International Office. You can pick up the keys to your room (check the pick-up locations)

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

Word Of Welcome

After the Arrival Days, you will be officially welcomed by VU Amsterdam during the Word of Welcome which will take place in the Aula located in the main building. You will receive a warm welcome by the rector of VU Amsterdam Vinod Subramaniam.

Program:

• 10:30 - 10:55 Doors open

• 10:55 - 11:00 Introduction by the Chairman of the day

• 11:00 - 11:10 Welcome by Vinod Subramaniam rector VU Amsterdam

• 11:10 - 11:25 Herbert Bos, Professor of Computer Science, VU Amsterdam

• 11:25 - 11:40 Geerte Udo, Guest speaker, Marketing Director of I Amsterdam

• 11:40 - 11:50 ESN President

• 11:50 - 11:55 Closing speech by the Chairman of the day

Boat Tour

What better way than to explore the amazing city of Amsterdam by boat!

During a boat tour you will explore the famous Amsterdam's canals and discover various neighbourhoods and their intriguing history.

Once you have registered, you will receive an e-mail with details about the departure time and location.

Direction to the boat tour departure.

Boat tour

 

Information Market

You can visit the information market on the central square at VU Amsterdam from 12:00 to 17:00. Here, you can discover useful information about several aspects of student life. For example, what are your chances of studying abroad or finding a part-time job at the university? You can also talk to a whole range of student organizations, political parties, employment agencies and non-profit organizations.

How to Make it at the VU

Location: IN-0B60, Initium building (Law Building, VU Amsterdam)

Programme 

13:00 – 13:15      Walk-in  
13:15 – 13:30      Word of welcome and short introduction, Neira Becar 
13:30– 14:30       Presentation on intercultural communication, by Nita Korsten, consultant Crust Young

Studying abroad will surely provide a student with great opportunities. Besides 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.  In this presentation we will cover the intercultural competencies that you can develop to communicate effectively and to benefit from cultural diversity. 
Nita Korsten is a Dutch Intercultural Business Professional who co-founded Crust Young, a management consultancy that is active in both the Netherlands and the U.S., and that specializes in facilitating intercultural collaboration. Nita shows clients how to make sense of their cross-cultural realities and how to use diversity to their advantage. With over 25 years of experience as a trainer, consultant and managing director in an international company, she brings her knowledge and passion to each project!  Nita has considerable and hands-on experience of living and working abroad and has traveled extensively through various parts of the world.

14:30 – 15:15      Presentation International Office, by Neira Becar, International Officer

The content of the  presentation will mainly focus on the struggles that students initially experience when they leave their home country to study abroad. Terms that come to mind are the following: w-curve, culture shock and what one can do to battle the feelings caused by culture shock. In addition, information will be provided about the Dutch academic educational system. 

15:15 – 15:30      Career Services, Irena Paap-Bunic
Announcement by the International Office, to focus on career related activities organized by the International Office. 

15:30 – 15:45      Short break

15:45– 16:45       Crash course Dutch, provided by Koentakt

Interactive course provided by Koentact, in which students will learn how to introduce themselves and other basic phrases and useful words. The workshop will be given in an up-beat, interactive manner, with an emphasis on getting to know each other in an informal way. The workshop will be done by the founder of Koentact, Koen Gijzel, who has invited comedian Jasper Smit to further enhance the program. 

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.

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 as 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.

Location: 

Sport Center, Uilenstede 100, 1183 Amstelveen.

Schedule:

13:00- 17:00: Fitness.

13:30 – 14:30: Yoga (studio 1)/ Pole Dancing (studio 2)/ Zumba (studio 3)/ Kickboxing (second floor).

14:30 – 15:30: Yoga (studio 1)/ Pole Dance (studio 2)/ Zumba (studio 3)/ Kickboxing (second floor).

15:30 – 16:30: Pole Dance (studio 2)/ Kickboxing (second floor).

Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Table Tennis will be offered from 13:00 until 17:00.

Pub quiz or Movie night

In the evening you can choose between Pub Quiz and Movie Night!

Pub Quiz

Walk-in: 19:30
Location: You will receive the location's address via e-mail after registration.

Join us for the famous International Office Pub Quiz! The quiz about everything you always wanted to know about Amsterdam and the Netherlands, but were afraid to ask. This is your chance to show how much you know about, among other things, Dutch culture, history, and sports. And of course it’s a great opportunity to once again meet up with your fellow international students. We have great prizes in store for the winners! Please note that we have limited places for the pub quiz. Once you registered, we will send you an e-mail with the location and the exact time.

Movie Night

Walk in: 19.30
Location: You will receive the location's address via e-mail after registration.

What’s better than finishing a fun but long and intensive day with a movie night?
The name of the movie is still a surprise but we can already reveal that the main theme of the movie is students studying abroad and having the time of their lives.
It perfectly suits our viewers, doesn’t it?

Introduction Week Closing Party

What better way to end your first week in Amsterdam with a party at a hip venue? For this year's party we selected a former carwash turned atmospheric party and lounge scene in Amsterdam South-West. At Atelier you can expect an industrial and funky atmosphere, an international variety of delicious streetfood, and a DJ will make sure you will dance away the evening.

The Introduction Week Closing Party is a great way to celebrate both the end of your first week here, but also the start of a new academic adventure in Amsterdam.

The entrance to the festival 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 tortilla wrap, or you can sip a couple of drinks! Of course, you can also buy extra coins at the venue.

When: 5 pm-1 am

Where: Atelier (Valschermkade 16, 1059 CD Amsterdam)

Direction to Atelier from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Atelier

The Arrival Days are part of the Introduction Week. As you can see in the schedule below, our official Arrival Days will take place on Friday 17 August, Monday 20 August and Tuesday 21 August. Depending on the day you arrive in Amsterdam, you can choose which day works best with your schedule to complete the practicalities.

What can you expect during the Arrival Days?
As you probably know, starting from 17 August, the International Office will host the Arrival Days to welcome you to VU Amsterdam. We hope to meet you all then! To give you an idea of which matters to take care of and in which order, we have included an explanation and overview below.

Arrival Days step by step

  • STEP 1) Collect your keys if you arranged your accommodation via VU Amsterdam (check the pick-up locations).
  • 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 your International Student Advisor, pick-up your student card, 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 your accommodation via the VU International Office. You can pick up the keys to your room (check the pick-up locations)

1) If you arranged your accommodation via the VU International Office. You can pick up the keys to your room (check the pick-up locations)

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

Word Of Welcome

After the Arrival Days, you will be officially welcomed by VU Amsterdam during the Word of Welcome which will take place in the Aula located in the main building. You will receive a warm welcome by the rector of VU Amsterdam Vinod Subramaniam.

Program:

• 10:30 - 10:55 Doors open

• 10:55 - 11:00 Introduction by the Chairman of the day

• 11:00 - 11:10 Welcome by Vinod Subramaniam rector VU Amsterdam

• 11:10 - 11:25 Herbert Bos, Professor of Computer Science, VU Amsterdam

• 11:25 - 11:40 Geerte Udo, Guest speaker, Marketing Director of I Amsterdam

• 11:40 - 11:50 ESN President

• 11:50 - 11:55 Closing speech by the Chairman of the day

Boat Tour

What better way than to explore the amazing city of Amsterdam by boat!

During a boat tour you will explore the famous Amsterdam's canals and discover various neighbourhoods and their intriguing history.

Once you have registered, you will receive an e-mail with details about the departure time and location.

Direction to the boat tour departure.

Boat tour

 

Information Market

You can visit the information market on the central square at VU Amsterdam from 12:00 to 17:00. Here, you can discover useful information about several aspects of student life. For example, what are your chances of studying abroad or finding a part-time job at the university? You can also talk to a whole range of student organizations, political parties, employment agencies and non-profit organizations.

How to Make it at the VU

Location: IN-0B60, Initium building (Law Building, VU Amsterdam)

Programme 

13:00 – 13:15      Walk-in  
13:15 – 13:30      Word of welcome and short introduction, Neira Becar 
13:30– 14:30       Presentation on intercultural communication, by Nita Korsten, consultant Crust Young

Studying abroad will surely provide a student with great opportunities. Besides 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.  In this presentation we will cover the intercultural competencies that you can develop to communicate effectively and to benefit from cultural diversity. 
Nita Korsten is a Dutch Intercultural Business Professional who co-founded Crust Young, a management consultancy that is active in both the Netherlands and the U.S., and that specializes in facilitating intercultural collaboration. Nita shows clients how to make sense of their cross-cultural realities and how to use diversity to their advantage. With over 25 years of experience as a trainer, consultant and managing director in an international company, she brings her knowledge and passion to each project!  Nita has considerable and hands-on experience of living and working abroad and has traveled extensively through various parts of the world.

14:30 – 15:15      Presentation International Office, by Neira Becar, International Officer

The content of the  presentation will mainly focus on the struggles that students initially experience when they leave their home country to study abroad. Terms that come to mind are the following: w-curve, culture shock and what one can do to battle the feelings caused by culture shock. In addition, information will be provided about the Dutch academic educational system. 

15:15 – 15:30      Career Services, Irena Paap-Bunic
Announcement by the International Office, to focus on career related activities organized by the International Office. 

15:30 – 15:45      Short break

15:45– 16:45       Crash course Dutch, provided by Koentakt

Interactive course provided by Koentact, in which students will learn how to introduce themselves and other basic phrases and useful words. The workshop will be given in an up-beat, interactive manner, with an emphasis on getting to know each other in an informal way. The workshop will be done by the founder of Koentact, Koen Gijzel, who has invited comedian Jasper Smit to further enhance the program. 

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.

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 as 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.

Location: 

Sport Center, Uilenstede 100, 1183 Amstelveen.

Schedule:

13:00- 17:00: Fitness.

13:30 – 14:30: Yoga (studio 1)/ Pole Dancing (studio 2)/ Zumba (studio 3)/ Kickboxing (second floor).

14:30 – 15:30: Yoga (studio 1)/ Pole Dance (studio 2)/ Zumba (studio 3)/ Kickboxing (second floor).

15:30 – 16:30: Pole Dance (studio 2)/ Kickboxing (second floor).

Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Table Tennis will be offered from 13:00 until 17:00.

Pub quiz or Movie night

In the evening you can choose between Pub Quiz and Movie Night!

Pub Quiz

Walk-in: 19:30
Location: You will receive the location's address via e-mail after registration.

Join us for the famous International Office Pub Quiz! The quiz about everything you always wanted to know about Amsterdam and the Netherlands, but were afraid to ask. This is your chance to show how much you know about, among other things, Dutch culture, history, and sports. And of course it’s a great opportunity to once again meet up with your fellow international students. We have great prizes in store for the winners! Please note that we have limited places for the pub quiz. Once you registered, we will send you an e-mail with the location and the exact time.

Movie Night

Walk in: 19.30
Location: You will receive the location's address via e-mail after registration.

What’s better than finishing a fun but long and intensive day with a movie night?
The name of the movie is still a surprise but we can already reveal that the main theme of the movie is students studying abroad and having the time of their lives.
It perfectly suits our viewers, doesn’t it?

Introduction Week Closing Party

What better way to end your first week in Amsterdam with a party at a hip venue? For this year's party we selected a former carwash turned atmospheric party and lounge scene in Amsterdam South-West. At Atelier you can expect an industrial and funky atmosphere, an international variety of delicious streetfood, and a DJ will make sure you will dance away the evening.

The Introduction Week Closing Party is a great way to celebrate both the end of your first week here, but also the start of a new academic adventure in Amsterdam.

The entrance to the festival 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 tortilla wrap, or you can sip a couple of drinks! Of course, you can also buy extra coins at the venue.

When: 5 pm-1 am

Where: Atelier (Valschermkade 16, 1059 CD Amsterdam)

Direction to Atelier from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Atelier