Our social programme is exclusively for Semester in Amsterdam students.
It features an extensive introduction programme (together with other international students) as well as a full schedule of activities during the semester (Semester in Amsterdam students only). Each activity is designed to offer more than simply a tourist experience. Whether we're visiting the Anne Frank House, paying our respects to the king and queen at the Royal Palace, enjoying a boat tour of Europe's largest harbor, or soaking in the city skyline on Amsterdam's Open Tower Day, our social programme will show you the in's and out's of Dutch culture from a first-hand perspective.
Since there is a lot more to see in the Netherlands than just Amsterdam, our social programme includes day trips to other cities as well! With the exception of the weekend trip away, all excursions are included in the programme fee and free of charge.
After the arrival and introduction period, we continue to organize activities throughout the semester to encourage our students to explore Dutch culture and connect with new friends. All activities are free for Semester in Amsterdam students.
Each semester we also offer an overnight trip. This fall we will be going to visit the Christmas markets in Germany and Luxembourg from 5th to 8th of December. Both countries are famous for their cosy and inviting atmosphere of the Christmas markets, where everyone enjoys a cup of traditional Glühwein.
The price is €275; it includes accommodation, transportation, breakfasts, and one dinner.
There is no better way to instantly meet local students than by joining the Dutch Buddy Programme!
You will be matched with a VU Amsterdam student who can introduce you to the Dutch way of life and make you feel at home. The buddy programme organises a schedule of events including karaoke nights and international dinners. Some buddy groups also organise their own activities or pair up with other buddy groups. You will be invited to sign up for a buddy about one month before you arrival.
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