Check out the general programme below. More detailed information per degree programme, will be added later this summer.


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, campus squareCity tour, association activitiesUilenstede festivalVU Campus tourDutch Crash Course
Register at the municipalityInformation market
Discover the VU
City tour, association activitiesUilenstede festivalCity-tour or
Faculty Day
City-tour or
Faculty Day
Collect your Student card and much moreHave dinner with student associationsCultural nightVU Cinema or pool partyAmsterdam hotspotCampus closing session
Final party*

 
* The final party is only included in the five-day ticket, participants of the two-day programme can purchase a ticket at the helpdesk on Monday and Tuesday. 

Click here for the programme guide (PDF).

Study associations 
Information about activities of study associations can be found here.

Programme

Select either the 5-day programme (€62,-) or the 2-day programme (€22,-). After selecting the right programme, click on your study programme below.

17-20-21 August

Welcome to The Netherlands!

During your first days at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 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.

For all the international students it is very important to attend the arrival days, even if you won’t attend the VU Introduction Days. If this is the case, you don’t need to register on this website.

Information about the directions and WiFi can be found in the practical information page.

Arrival days

The arrival days are part of the Introduction Week. As you can see in the scheme below, our official arrival days are Friday August 17 and Monday August 20. So depending on the day you arrive in Amsterdam, you can choose the day which works best with your schedule to complete the following steps:

What can you expect during the Arrival Days?
As you probably know, starting from 17 August, the International Office will be organizing the Arrival Days to welcome you to our university. We hoop 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 (Duwo/Accommodate).
  • 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 make use of 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: (1-2-3- depending on your day choice)

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 pm2) Register with the Municipality at BelleVUe, VU Amsterdam main building.   9 am- 4:30 pm

2) Register with the Municipality at BelleVUe, VU 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 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 am-4:30 pm

Programme - Arrival days