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Career events

The UvA Student Careers Centre regularly organises career-oriented workshops and events specifically aimed at international students. The higher education institutions of Amsterdam also organise an International Talent Event (ITEA) annually to introduce multinational companies and international organisations to students and graduates. 

Coaching

The UvA student counsellors organise the workshop Study skills: the Dutch approach, especially designed for international students. They also offer individual coaching, help and advice.

Cultural centre

The cultural centre of the University, CREA, offers a large number of classes and workshops in music, dance, photography and new media, as well as documentary nights, debates and lectures throughout the year.

Exploring and going out in Amsterdam

Theatre, music, movies, exhibitions, everyone will find something of their taste in Amsterdam. The iAmsterdam website offers a daily agenda as well as an overview of festivals, fun day trips, national holidays, special events and much more.

Getting around

Cycling in the city

Cycling is not only the most convenient way to move around the city, but also the most fun. Since you will be living here for a while, it is worth buying your own bike. Don't spend money on anything new or fancy. Amsterdam bikes see a lot of wear and tear. Instead, do like the locals and buy one second-hand.

Do invest in getting your used bike from a reputable source. Bikes for sale on the street have almost always been stolen. Please do not reward bike theft by buying one of these.

Local Public Transportation

Amsterdam has an extensive network of buses, trams and underground metros. The quickest is the tram. You can pay for all public transportation, not only in Amsterdam but throughout the Netherlands, with an electronic pass called the OV-chipkaart.

To figure out exactly what form of transportation to take where, consult the door-to-door Journey planner.

Outside the city

The Netherlands has a very extensive and well-organised train network

Would you rather spend the weekend in another European city? From Amsterdam you can easily reach European destinations like Paris, Nice, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Brussels. Schiphol Airport is a European hub making cheap flights plentiful. Many European cities can also be easily reached by high-speed train.

International Student Chaplaincy Amsterdam

The international student chaplaincy Amsterdam is open to all university students in Amsterdam. The backgrounds of students who visit the chaplaincy vary widely, ranging from orthodox Christians to atheists. What unites them is the urge to talk to others about questions concerning life, meaning, religion, society, philosophy and culture.

Language courses

If you are interested in learning the Dutch language, you qualify for a course at reduced prices at the Institute for Dutch as a second language (INTT). PPLE will offer its own Academic English courses.

Living expenses

Sports

The University Sports Center (USC) allows all students from the UvA to practice their favorite sport against reduced prices.

Studying with a disability

The University of Amsterdam is committed to enabling students with disabilities to succeed in their study programmes. In order to make the necessary adjustments we need to become familiar with your personal situation. Please contact student services before the start of the programme to discuss any necessary accommodations.