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The VU Experience

The online VU Experience - for Study and Career/UCAS counselors (free of charge)

We understand that the idea of studying abroad, far away from family and friends, can be daunting for graduating high school students. This is why we started the VU Experience. The goal of the VU Experience is to show counselors and students that studying abroad is actually a thrilling experience, leading to self-development, self-confidence and academic achievements. Of course we are aware of the impact of COVID-19 on studying abroad. However, we want to emphasize the positive academic and personal impact of international education, in the Netherlands or somewhere else.

What is the VU Experience?

The VU Experience is a unique way for counsellors to get a peek in the life of a VU Amsterdam student, while at the same time receiving all relevant information regarding admission. 

Because it is currently not possible to organise the VU Experience physically, we have adapted to a shorter online programme. In one hour we will share only the essential information with you regarding studying in the Netherlands and studying at VU Amsterdam. From VU Amsterdam, three members of the International Office and a student ambassador will be present. 

- Experience studying at VU Amsterdam (including a virtual campus tour and insights from a current student)

- Connect with counsellors from other countries

- Discover how to help your pupils with their plans for an international academic future


(Central European Standard Time):

13:00 – 13:05: Word of welcome by the VU Experience team

13:10 – 13:40: Presentation 

13:40 – 13:50: Presentation by an International Student Ambassador

13:50 – 14:00: Virtual campus tour

The VU Experience will be organised every two months on the following dates:

  • 28 January 2021
  • 25 March 2021
  • 27 May 2021

Please sign up if you would like to attend! 

Curious about how counsellors and pupils have experienced the VU Experience in previous years? Take a look at the testimonials below. 

More information

  • Counsellor support

    As a counsellor, you play an important role in providing your students with information about university study programmes. Find out more about the options VU Amsterdam offers to inform students and help them to make their decision.

  • Registration

    Please note that we have a limited amount of spots available. Because of popularity a selection will take place, and selection will be based on:

    1. a short motivation (100 words)
    2. admissibility of the students based on their high school diploma
    3. attendance of a counsellor (attendance of pupils is not a requirement)

    Please register via this link.

  • Questions?

    You can contact us via for any questions you may have about the VU Experience or our admission requirements. 

    It promises to be a great VU Experience! 


  • Phyllis O’Grady | Higher Education Scheme Lead | Norfolk County Council

    "I came to the VU experience as someone who co-ordinates a Higher Education Scheme across Norfolk which encourages students to ‘Aim High’ in their future aspirations. I wanted to acquaint myself with what studying at what in probably our closest European city might be like. The VU Experience absolutely fulfilled this requirement, providing me with an excellent insight - not only into the ‘mechanics’ of how the Higher Education system differs, or is similar to our own, but also what the day to day reality might be for a student choosing to study in Amsterdam.  

    I came away not only with all my questions answered and feeling confident to share this knowledge and experience with students, but also that I would wholeheartedly recommend such a choice to them having experienced the warmth and hospitality of our Dutch hosts. A superb experience which I look forward to sharing with Norfolk students during our Studying Abroad forum next week!"

  • Maddie | Student at King Edward VI college | Stourbridge

    "I think the VU Experience was an excellent way to help me decide about my educational future. I learnt that there are many different things in place to ensure the well-being of international students and that international students do not feel out of place. 

    VU organised an incredibly interesting tour about the history of Amsterdam, which allowed you to see the city from a completely different perspective. VU really helped to introduce the city that you would be studying in in a really pleasant and intriguing way. What surprised me most was how safe I felt; in other cities, especially in England, you always feel slightly uneasy and aware

    I would highly recommend this experience. Although only for a short period of time, I have made some amazing friends and memories that will last a lifetime, and have really gotten to consider whether I’d study in Amsterdam or not."

  • Louise Harper | Careers Adviser | King Edward VI College

    "Our VU Experience 2019 was well organised, enjoyable and massively useful in providing the students and careers counsellors with relevant information about studying both at the University and in Amsterdam itself. After experiencing the various elements of the trip, I felt equipped to come back to the UK and better help students make their decisions about their academic studies abroad. I now feel confident in advising students about what they should consider and what questions they should ask of themselves and VU in order to get the right study programme and the best cultural experience for their future.

    The VU experience allowed students and staff to ask questions of current/former VU students as well as academic and pastoral VU staff. My students had some independent time with former VU students and they enjoyed every bit of their exploration of Amsterdam, whilst myself and other councillors had the opportunity to share best practice and gain further information. We are all still in touch, as are the students!

    The experience was relaxed yet motivational for us all and the friendly nature of VU staff and the people of Amsterdam in general was enjoyable and educational."