Introduction activities August 2020

A great way to start your time in Amsterdam

Introduction international Master's students

VU Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming all new international Master's students in August 2020! In three days you will get to know your fellow students, VU Amsterdam and the city of Amsterdam. Below you will find our preliminary programme.

Note:
the information on this page is only meant for international Master's students who start their degree programme in the first semester of academic year 2020-2021.

  • If you are an international Bachelor's student, please click here
  • If you are an international Exchange student, please click here

Notes about the preliminary programme:

  • This programme is not final and therefore subject to change.
  • The activities will take place online. If your faculty organises something on campus, you will be notified.
  • The introduction activities are free of charge.
  • Times mentioned are CEST. Most of the sessions will be recorded and can be watched at a time that suits you.

Registration
Registration is possible via this link. Please sign up no later than 17 August 6:00 PM (CEST). Keep your VUnetID at hand while registering. You already received your VUnetID by email.

App
More details can be found in our VU Introduction Days App (App store and Google Play Store). Make sure to check the right programme, since the programme for Bachelor's students is also in this app.

Preliminary programme

Monday 24 August

TimeWhat
10.00 AM - 12.00Word of Welcome
10.00 AM - 4.30 PMMeet your Advisor (appointment-based)
3.30 PM - 5.30 PMInformation market
8.00 PM - 10.00 PMActivities by study-, sports- and student associations
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

Word of Welcome

We will start the introduction with a bang! At 10:00 AM, the Rector Magnificus and the Chair of the VU Introduction days will give you a warm welcome. After this, there is an extended welcome for our new international Master's students. We have several speakers, including Geerte Udo from iAmsterdam. We will publish the complete list with speakers as soon as possible.

Meet your Advisor 
During your application process, you have probably been in contact many times with your International Student Advisor (ISA). This is the time to ask them the latest questions you might have related to for example your diploma. It’s necessary to make an appointment beforehand. At a later time, we will let you know how you can make an appointment. 

Information market
The information market is organised online and enables you to get to know all aspects of student life at VU Amsterdam: from student associations to part-time jobs, and from language courses to our 3D debating centre - you can find it all here. 

Activities by student-, sports- and study organisations
Curious about what student-, sports- and study organisations have to offer? Prepare yourself for pub quizzes, escape rooms, DJ's and tours around their club houses. This is all offered online, so sit back and relax and click your way around their programmes.

Tuesday 25 August

TimeWhat
10.00 AM - 4.30 PMMeet your Advisor (appointment-based)
1.00 PM - 4.00 PMHow to make it at the VU
8.00 PM - 10.00 PMCultural programme
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

Meet your Advisor
During your application process, you have probably been in contact many times with your International Student Advisor (ISA). This is the time to ask them the latest questions you might have related to for example your diploma. It’s necessary to make an appointment beforehand. At a later time, we will let you know how you can make an appointment. 

How to make it at the VU
Moving to another country to start your Master’s at a new university can be quite challenging. Therefore we organise ‘How to make it at the VU’, where we will give you useful tips on how to make your time here an amazing experience. The definitive programme will follow at a later stage but will include:
- Workshop Cross Cultural Differences
- Workshop Differences in Academic Environment
- Workshop Safe Cycling
- Workshop Safe Drug and Alcohol use
- Dutch Language Course

Cultural programme
Get a taste of all that Amsterdam's cultural life has to offer! From music to comedy, you will able to really experience the culture of Amsterdam.

Wednesday 26 August

TimeWhat
10.30 AM - 1.00 PMWorkshops
1.30 PM - 4.00 PMUilenstede presents
5.00 PM - 7.00 PMAmsterdam City trail
9.00 PM - lateClosing party
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

Workshops
The workshop programme enables you to learn more about issues such as the mandatory language test and how to prepare for it, but also to learn about how to prepare for an exam (and how to deal with exam stress). Or attend a longer session about smart studying or finances. The full overview will be published later on.

Uilenstede presents
Join us to learn more about Uilenstede - VU Amsterdam's residential campus, also hosting the cultural centre Griffioen and the sports center. During this afternoon, all affiliated sports organisations will present themselves. There is so much more to do than 'just' go to the gym or attend a theater performance, come see for yourself!

Amsterdam City Trail
Join our exciting online riddle! In small teams you will be challenged to solve puzzles and riddles with all sorts of brainteasers. Are you not able to make it on this date? Then you will be able to play the game individually at any other time. Get ready to solve riddles and learn something new along the way.

Closing Party
Even though digital parties are second-best, we feel we can give you a taste of Amsterdam night live via this online gathering that will stay with you for quite a while. So join us for the coolest tunes and show off your best moves. 


Monday 24 August

TimeWhat
10.00 AM - 12.00Word of Welcome
10.00 AM - 4.30 PMMeet your Advisor (appointment-based)
3.30 PM - 5.30 PMInformation market
8.00 PM - 10.00 PMActivities by study-, sports- and student associations
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

Word of Welcome

We will start the introduction with a bang! At 10:00 AM, the Rector Magnificus and the Chair of the VU Introduction days will give you a warm welcome. After this, there is an extended welcome for our new international Master's students. We have several speakers, including Geerte Udo from iAmsterdam. We will publish the complete list with speakers as soon as possible.

Meet your Advisor 
During your application process, you have probably been in contact many times with your International Student Advisor (ISA). This is the time to ask them the latest questions you might have related to for example your diploma. It’s necessary to make an appointment beforehand. At a later time, we will let you know how you can make an appointment. 

Information market
The information market is organised online and enables you to get to know all aspects of student life at VU Amsterdam: from student associations to part-time jobs, and from language courses to our 3D debating centre - you can find it all here. 

Activities by student-, sports- and study organisations
Curious about what student-, sports- and study organisations have to offer? Prepare yourself for pub quizzes, escape rooms, DJ's and tours around their club houses. This is all offered online, so sit back and relax and click your way around their programmes.

Tuesday 25 August

TimeWhat
10.00 AM - 4.30 PMMeet your Advisor (appointment-based)
1.00 PM - 4.00 PMHow to make it at the VU
8.00 PM - 10.00 PMCultural programme
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

Meet your Advisor
During your application process, you have probably been in contact many times with your International Student Advisor (ISA). This is the time to ask them the latest questions you might have related to for example your diploma. It’s necessary to make an appointment beforehand. At a later time, we will let you know how you can make an appointment. 

How to make it at the VU
Moving to another country to start your Master’s at a new university can be quite challenging. Therefore we organise ‘How to make it at the VU’, where we will give you useful tips on how to make your time here an amazing experience. The definitive programme will follow at a later stage but will include:
- Workshop Cross Cultural Differences
- Workshop Differences in Academic Environment
- Workshop Safe Cycling
- Workshop Safe Drug and Alcohol use
- Dutch Language Course

Cultural programme
Get a taste of all that Amsterdam's cultural life has to offer! From music to comedy, you will able to really experience the culture of Amsterdam.

Wednesday 26 August

TimeWhat
10.30 AM - 1.00 PMWorkshops
1.30 PM - 4.00 PMUilenstede presents
5.00 PM - 7.00 PMAmsterdam City trail
9.00 PM - lateClosing party
OngoingVirtual campus tour
OngoingShort clips by students

Workshops
The workshop programme enables you to learn more about issues such as the mandatory language test and how to prepare for it, but also to learn about how to prepare for an exam (and how to deal with exam stress). Or attend a longer session about smart studying or finances. The full overview will be published later on.

Uilenstede presents
Join us to learn more about Uilenstede - VU Amsterdam's residential campus, also hosting the cultural centre Griffioen and the sports center. During this afternoon, all affiliated sports organisations will present themselves. There is so much more to do than 'just' go to the gym or attend a theater performance, come see for yourself!

Amsterdam City Trail
Join our exciting online riddle! In small teams you will be challenged to solve puzzles and riddles with all sorts of brainteasers. Are you not able to make it on this date? Then you will be able to play the game individually at any other time. Get ready to solve riddles and learn something new along the way.

Closing Party
Even though digital parties are second-best, we feel we can give you a taste of Amsterdam night live via this online gathering that will stay with you for quite a while. So join us for the coolest tunes and show off your best moves. 


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