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AUC Introduction Week

24 - 28 August 2020

All new students who have accepted their offer and will be attending AUC starting September 2020 will participate in the AUC Introduction Week from 24 to 28 August 2020. Here you will find basic information about the activities that will be happening during the week. Please note that attendance at the AUC Introduction Week is mandatory for all new students. The September 2020 AUC Introduction Week will begin on Monday 24 August at the AUC Academic Building.

Impact of coronavirus on events at AUC

The Dutch government has put in place various measures to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus. One of these measures includes a ban on all large-scale events in the Netherlands until at least 1 September. This will inevitably have consequences for the programme of the annual Introduction Week. An alternative schedule consisting of digital alternatives and solutions that are in line with the Dutch government rules on social distancing is currently being developed. More information will be sent to students starting at AUC in September 2020 in due time. 

Amsterdam University College Introduction Week

About AUC Introduction Week

The Introduction Week is designed to get new students acquainted with AUC and its policies and procedures. During the week, you will be given essential information and advice about preparing for studying at AUC, such as your personal course schedule, and you will have the first meetings with your AUC tutor. During the first tutor meetings, you can discuss possible changes to your course schedule. Furthermore, the AUC Introduction Week is also an important step in building the AUC community and getting to know your fellow AUC students, the AUC staff and the city of Amsterdam.

Introduction Week activities and programme

During Introduction Week, AUC together with the Amsterdam University College Student Association (AUCSA) has created an intensive and engaging programme to provide the best basis for a successful study career at AUC. 

This involves an active orientation on academic and social norms and expectations, an awareness of structures and procedures, and the importance of overall engagement in the AUC community. AUC Introduction Week is a great opportunity to meet fellow students, your tutor, representatives of the Student Association (AUCSA), the Student Council (AUCSC) and members of the AUC faculty and staff. 

As a new student, you are assigned to a group. Your group during the Introduction Week is led by two or three older AUC students, your Mentors. These second- and third-year students will help guide you through the Introduction Week activities and the necessary procedures to ensure you have a smooth start at AUC. Throughout the week, you will have the chance to ask questions about both academic and practical matters, from where to get your books and adjust your course schedule to registering with the municipality and where to buy a bike! All of this is complemented by social activities and events organised in cooperation with AUCSA. 

New students who have confirmed their offer and will be attending AUC will receive more detailed information by email in due time. If you have any questions about Introduction Week, please send us an email.


Do I have to attend AUC Introduction Week? 

Yes! Attendance at AUC Introduction Week is mandatory for all new students enrolling at AUC. If, due to situations or circumstances beyond your control, you must miss all or part of Intro Week, please inform us immediately by sending an email to

What if I have a "start appointment" with the University of Amsterdam (UvA)? 

International students may receive an email from the UvA requesting that you attend a "start appointment" during the Introduction Week. The start appointment is arranged to help you take care of various practicalities of living in the Netherlands (read more here). Although AUC Introduction Week is mandatory, you will be excused from activities for the time of your start appointment. Please bring the printout of the start appointment email and be sure to inform your group leaders and/or tutors during Introduction Week about the time. 

Where do I get my class schedule? 

All first-year AUC students will receive their class schedule on the first day of the Introduction Week from their tutor. During this first tutor workshop, students are introduced to their tutor and will have the opportunity to discuss their schedule and any changes that may be necessary before the semester starts. 

How do I buy my books? 

After students receive their course schedule during the first day of the Introduction Week, books for the courses can be purchased through the AUCSA digital platform. On their site is a book list and ordering system for the upcoming semester. It is a good idea to wait until students have received their definitive class schedule before purchasing books.