Attendance and participation in AUC's Introduction Week are mandatory for all incoming first-year students. The intent is to host a mix of online and on-campus activities for both social and academic introductions. However, we understand that students may still be facing obstacles related to travel and living situations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. If you already know that you won't be available to partake in one or more of the activities that are being organised for the Introduction Week from 30 August to 3 September, we ask that you please send us an email as soon as possible.
Looking ahead to the new academic year, the expectation is that all courses will once again be able to take place on-campus. AUC's management team will continue to monitor the circumstances over the summer. This also means that it is expected that online courses will no longer be offered in September. We cannot rule out the possibility that circumstances might force us to return to online teaching temporarily, but it is not the intention of AUC to offer a remote study programme. Of course, this will ultimately depend on the progression of the pandemic.
The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has formulated a “base scenario” (in Dutch) and the OMT will issue a definitive recommendation in early July. As it currently stands, expectations for the new academic year are that higher education institutions will be allowed to open their doors, social distancing will no longer be required, and voluntary self-tests will remain available for those who are not vaccinated. However, depending on the progression of the pandemic, it may be possible that the 1.5m distance rule will still be in place, which would inevitably have an impact on education. The AUC management team is monitoring the situation closely and will provide incoming students, current students and faculty members with more information after 13 August.
You can read more about the envisioned return to campus via the link below.
Your course schedule will be available in AUC Portal.
If you already have a UvAnetID, you can log in to AUC Portal using your UvAnetID to access your course schedule. There you can find an overview of which courses you're registered for, the timetable, which classes are taking place online and the locations of the physical components of classes on campus (if any). Your academic tutor will be your primary contact for any questions about your course schedule, and you can discuss these questions during your individual meeting that will take place during Introduction Week.
Please note: if you log in to AUC Portal after 27 August and your course schedule is blank, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not yet have a UvAnetID, then you will be sent an email with a link to access your course schedule. You should receive this email by Friday 27 August. Through that link, you will be able to see which courses you are registered for, which classes will take place online and which will take place on-campus (if any), in addition to the times and locations (if applicable) of your courses. Your academic tutor will be your primary contact for any questions about your course schedule, and you can discuss these questions during your individual meeting that will take place during Introduction Week.
Please note: if you do not have a UvAnetID and have not received an email with a link to your course schedule by 27 August, please send an email to email@example.com.
After students receive their course schedule during Introduction Week, books for the courses can be purchased through the AUCSA digital platform. On their site you will find a book list and ordering system for the upcoming semester. It is a good idea to wait until you have received your definitive class schedule before purchasing any books.
Generally speaking, from 30 August onwards you will be able to enter the AUC building for necessary purposes such as attending Introduction Week activities, attending classes or having small group meetings. Although the situation will become clearer after mid-August, there may still be certain restrictions in place such as limited access to study spaces, daily quotas on the number of simultaneous visitors allowed in the building, and possibly the need to maintain 1.5m distance. However, the definitive measures for August onward remain uncertain and will depend on the progression of the pandemic. Students and staff will be informed of any precautions they need to take during Introduction Week and for the first months of classes.
If you're feeling stressed, nervous, overwhelmed or would just like to someone to talk to, no matter the reason, please reach out to the AUC well-being team. AUC has many support systems in place ranging from fellow students in Peer Support , our own Student Life Officers, Resident Assistants in the dorms, your own tutor and even student psychologists at the University of Amsterdam. Whether you're having trouble getting settled, feeling more stressed than normal or are concerned about practical issues such as finances, please feel comfortable in contacting us. You can find an overview of the support systems available to you, who you can contact and how, via the link below. Should you still be unsure after reviewing the support systems flowchart, please contact the AUC Student LIfe Officer.
For those arriving from outside of the Netherlands, you'll notice very quickly that in Amsterdam, cycling is usually faster than public transport. Most streets have special cycle lanes or paths. For parking, there are countless cycle racks and even special garages.
What kind of bike do you need?
Any bike will do in Amsterdam. Most people prefer an older model, as newer ones are more susceptible to being stolen. However, the brakes, bell and lights should work otherwise you run the risk of receiving a fine. Wearing a helmet is not compulsory, and although few people do, if you feel more comfortable wearing one, please do so.
Protecting your bike against theft
Parking your bike
While it may seem as if people leave their bikes anywhere, there are restrictions and those parked incorrectly may be removed. Look out for signs containing the words hier geen fietsen plaatsen svp (no bicycles please). At the dorms, you will find designated areas where you can park your bike.
Getting a bike
While you can buy a new bike at a number of sporting goods stores and specialty bike shops, you'll probably want to start by buying a second-hand bicycle from a repair shop or platform such as Fietspiraat, a market such as Waterlooplein in the city centre or from fellow students. There are also websites such as www.cheapassbikes.nl that will sell refurbished or second-hand bikes at cheap prices.
You can ask fellow students or your Introduction Week mentors where they bought their bikes and if they know of shops or have sources they especially recommend.
Another alternative could be a service that leases bikes per month for a flat rate. You pay a monthly fee and don't actually own the bike, but they will take care of the service for the bike should something go wrong (a flat tire, for example). Swapfiets is one of the most popular bike-lease services in Amsterdam.
Whatever you do, avoid buying a bike from a stranger in the street: they are often stolen and it can put you at risk of being arrested for receiving stolen goods.