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Frequently asked questions VU Introduction Days

You might have some questions about the VU Introduction Days. We have listed the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

What are the VU Introduction Days?
The VU Introduction Days 2020 are for all first-year Bachelor’s students who are due to begin their studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in September 2020. This year, we also welcome international Master's students to join (part of) the programme. 

The VU Introduction Days are designed to familiarize you with studying, the university, the city of Amsterdam and, most importantly of all, to help you get to know your fellow students. By participating you will already know a lot of people before you attend your first lecture. During the Introduction Days, new Bachelor's students are divided into mentor groups of approximately 15 students from their own study programme. 

How can I register for the VU Introduction Days? 
Registration for our 2020 edition opened on 30 June 2020. Check your email for your invite. Did not receive one? There are various options:

  1. The invite ended up in your spam.
  2. You will start a degree programme that does not participate in the VU Introduction Days (Amsterdam University College, ACTA, Natuur- en Sterrenkunde, Scheikunde and all Dutch Master's degree programmes).
  3. There are some enrolment steps you still need to take.

None of the above? Send an email to and we will look into it asap!

What is the deadline for registration for the VU Introduction Days?
Registration for our 2020 edition closes a week prior to the start of the programme, i.e. Monday 17 August at 6 PM local time. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions, so please be sure to register on time!

I registered for the VU Introduction Days but cannot participate after all. What to do? 
Please send an email to

Is it compulsory to attend the VU Introduction Days?
No, it is not. We do recommend attending them, of course. And if you needed to pick one thing: make sure to attend the degree programme introduction!

When will we know more about on campus activities?
Some degree programmes will organize on campus (real life) introductions in 2020. As we need to adhere to the 1.5 meters distance rules, this makes for quite a complicated puzzle. It therefore takes a bit longer to organize and plan than we had hoped. Over the summer, your degree programme will inform you of any on campus activities. You are never required to attend! If you are not able or not willing to travel to the VU campus for an activity, this is OK. We understand. The offered information will be made available online as well.

Will programme elements be recorded?
We aim to record as many parts of the 2020 programme as possible. However, sometimes sessions do not lend themselves for recording, as they are personal in nature or there are copyright issues. Recordings that will be made available may have limited accessibility. But in any case, recordings will be available up to and including the first week of the academic year.

Participate in the VU Introduction Days with a functional impairment or chronic illness
We strive to make the VU Introduction Days fully accessible to students with a functional impairment or chronic illness. Do you want to be confident about a comfortable three-day programme? Send an email to and indicate what we should take into account for your specific situation and/or what you need assistance with. We are happy to help!

What does the government decision of 6 August on corona introduction activities mean for the VU Introduction Days 2020?
Because of the increasing number of COVID-19 infections, the Dutch government decided on 6 August that educational institutions should organise introductory meetings online as much as possible. The central programme of the VU Introduction Days 2020 was already planned online and will go ahead as planned. On Canvas you can see which additional activities your degree programme organizes.