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Services from our International Office

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma or are you an international student looking for accommodation?

Would you like to study abroad as part of your studies? Our International Office offers excellent services and will assist you before, during and after your studies at VU Amsterdam. 

International Student Advisors (ISA's)

If you have a specific question about applying for one of our international degree programmes with a non-Dutch diploma you can contact your programme's International Student Advisor (ISA). The ISA will be your main point of contact and can help with questions about the programme, admission requirements or application procedure. Every degree programme has its own International Student Advisor

International Service Desk

The International Service Desk is the information desk for general questions for international students. 
For questions regarding fulltime enrollment and tuition fees or to collect a student card you can visit the Student Desk.

Opening hours and location:
Monday to Friday from 13.00-15.00h. Location: ground floor, main building (HG), next to the Student Desk and IT Desk.

Immigration Services for students

When you are a citizen of a non-EU country, you need to complete the immigration procedure before you can start your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Our Student Immigration Service will apply for the required immigration documents on your behalf.

Accommodation Services for students

Our Student Accommodation Service can help with arranging accommodation for international students enrolling in one of our international Bachelor's programmes.

Introduction activities

We offer an online introduction in August where you can get to know your fellow students. We will also provide you with practical information about steps to take once you arrive. The programme for Bachelor's and Master's slightly differs:

Career Development Services

More and more international students that study in Amsterdam, also wish to start their first job in the area. The stay rate in the Netherlands as a whole is 25% with the highest numbers in Amsterdam, which is explained by the presence of many international companies.

To guide students in finding a job, and more important even, in finding a matching career, we offer Career Development Services.

Outgoing exchange 

VU Amsterdam has set up exchange agreements with more than 250 partner universities worldwide. As a VU Amsterdam student, you will have the opportunity to study abroad during your studies in various destinations. 

For other matters 

Please consult VU International Office