Social Programme

Get settled and make friends
Arrival day
To make sure you get settled in easily during your first days in Amsterdam, we organize a welcome activity at your accommodation on the arrival day. If you have arranged your own housing, you are of course welcome to join at location that is nearest by you. The arrival days are:
  • Block 1: Saturday 8 July 2017
  • Block 2: Saturday 22 July 2017
  • Block 3: Saturday 5 August 2017

On these dates we arrange a pick-up service from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and bring you to your accommodation. Here you will receive your room key (available from 15:00hr) and a goodiebag with information package. At the end of the day you are invited for a welcome activity where you can meet your fellow students. Here we'll explain how to get to the university on Monday morning.

First day of class
The first day of your course we start with a campus tour, explaining the university facilities and making sure you find your way to the right classroom. At the end of the day we gather at campus café The Basket for drinks, snacks and a pub quiz.

Social programme Block 1

A professional guide takes you along Amsterdam's best neighbourhoods. The city is changing with every step you take. First you will visit the most exciting area of Amsterdam, the Wallen (red-light district). The medieval houses and the remarkable people then make way for the canals of the Golden Age. Posh city palaces and coach houses: this is the city at its best. The stroll ends in the Jordaan, the most authentic Amsterdam neighbourhood and the heart of the city. A drink is included. 

Price: € 20,00
Time: 15:00-17:30hr
Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017

A touring bus will pick you up near the university and drop you off at one of the entrances of the Kröller-Muller national park. Situated in 'de Hoge Veluwe', one of Netherlands best natural areas. From here we will make a bike ride to the Kröller-Muller Museum. The museum has a world-renowned collection of mainly 19th and 20th century visual art. The centrepieces include the large collection of work by Vincent van Gogh and the sculpture garden. A guided tour at the museum is included, as well as lunch and a drink. At the end of the afternoon we cycle back to the bus (different route and scenery this time) which will return you safe and sound at the university.

Price: € 70,00
Time: 9:00-18:00hr
Date: Saturday 15 July 2017

Exclusively for students of the VU Amsterdam Summer School a lecture and tour is provided at the Anne Frank House (no long queues!). The lecture will be held by dr. Dienke Hondius, who is a history lecturer at VU Amsterdam and also works for the museum. After the lecture there will be time to visit the museum and see the attic where Anne Frank spent her years in hiding.

Price: € 20,00
Time: 15:00-17:00hr
Date: Wednesday 19 July 2017

Social programme Block 2

'De Jordaan' started as a district for the poor. Today it is the favorite place of students, artists and young entrepreneurs. A bustling neighborhood that managed to keep it's nostalgic feel because of the many narrow streets, picturesque squares and beautiful old houses and cafés. You will experience all aspects of De Jordaan: it's rich history with juicy anecdotes combined with new creative energy. After the walk you will know the Jordaan inside out.

Price: € 20,00
Time: 15:00-18:00hr
Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017

On this day trip we will visit the Houses of Parliament in The Hague, with a guided tour. After a delicious lunch (traditional Dutch!) we will visit an exhibion of the famous artist Escher. The collection is housed in the former Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands. It is the only public building in The Hague where the original royal ambiance of a palace has been maintained. After some free time we will head to the beach where we will enjoy a dinner together. Train ticket and lunch and dinner are included in the price. 

Price: € 80,00
Time: 9:00-21:30hr
Date: Saturday 29 July 2017

At the National Maritime Museum you can feel the essence of the Dutch in reclaiming land from the sea, discovering new territories and trading precious goods. Especially for VU Amsterdam Summer School students the head curator, Dr. Joost Schokkenbroek, who is also a maritime history professor at VU Amsterdam, will give a lecture. The lecture is followed by a guided tour through the museum and visit to a real size replica of a Golden Age ship.

Price: € 20,00
Time: 14:30-17:00hr
Date: Wednesday 2 August 2017

Social programme Block 3

The historic canal district of Amsterdam was built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town. Since 2010 Amsterdam's canal district is recognized as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The canals were created to extend the city by draining swampland, using a system of concentric arcs and filling in the intermediate spaces. These spaces allowed the development of an urban ensemble including gabled houses and numerous monuments. Your guide will explain it's creation into deth. Half way through the walk you are able to take a look behind the door of a patrician house. 

Price: € 25,00
Time: 15:00-18:00hr
Date: Wednesday 9 August 2017

Haarlem is one of the most charming towns in the Netherlands, nearby the beach and just a short train ride away from Amsterdam. During this half-day trip we will visit the 'Sint Bavokerk' and the 'Teylers Museum'. You will receive a guided tour in the impressive Sint Bavokerk, after which we will enjoy lunch in the grand-cafe of the 'Jopen' brewery located in the Jopen church.The Teylers Museum is the oldest museum in the Netherlands and has an interesting combination of artworks and science artifacts such as fossils and gemstones. If the weather allows you can decide to visit the beach in the afternoon. You can get there easily by bus from Haarlem Central Station, where we will end the activity together. 

Price: € 50,00
Time: 9:30-14:00hr
Date: Saturday 12 August 2017

Exclusively for students of the VU Amsterdam Summer School a lecture and tour is provided at the Anne Frank House (no long queues!). The lecture will be held by dr. Dienke Hondius, who is a history lecturer at VU Amsterdam and also works for the museum. After the lecture there will be time to visit the museum and see the attic where Anne Frank spent her years in hiding.  

Price: € 20,00
Time: 15:00-17:00hr
Date: Wednesday 16 August 2017

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