We recognise that these are highly unusual times and understand that you may have concerns and questions about your exchange at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). We are working hard to answer your questions and are committed to supporting you. This page offers information for students expecting to arrive in the Fall semester, starting September 2021. More information for students planning their exchange for the Spring semester in 2022 will follow soon.
We understand you might still have some questions. The situation is uncertain and it is hard to predict what the world will look like in a few months. For your benefit we have published an FAQ below. In case you have any remaining questions, please contact your UvA exchange coordinator.
The Uva Executive Board has decided to allow physical exchange programmes to go ahead in the first (Fall) semester of the 2021-2022 academic year.
We are hopeful that towards the summer things will slowly return to normal and that we will be able to welcome you at the UvA campus in late August (for introductions) or early September 2021 (for classes). You will be able to travel to Amsterdam to participate in the exchange programme, provided that:
there are no travel restrictions installed by your national government for travelling to the Netherlands;
there are no border restrictions in place by the Dutch government for travelers from your country of residence;
your home university allows you to participate in the exchange programme.
Consequently, we would advise students to refrain from spending any money on anything (such as booking a flight) that is not strictly necessary at the present time.
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you will be expected to adhere to any and all safety measures imposed by the Dutch government to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
If you have any questions on your specific exchange programme, please contact the UvA International Offices for more information.
Countries for which physical exchanges have already been explicitly cancelled either by the government or by decisions made by partner universities are not included. This includes Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. If partner universities proceed to cancel physical exchanges over the next few weeks, these cannot go ahead either. The affected students will be informed personally by email.
Travel advice is subject to change and the Netherlands may change or impose conditions, such as full vaccination, which may make it impossible to travel to Amsterdam after all. It is therefore still important that incoming international students register in June for UvA courses that start in September. We are calling on everyone to do so, just to be sure.
Currently, we expect to offer on-campus education at the UvA during the Fall semester of 2021-2022. We hope that the number of classes that students can attend on-campus will increase gradually throughout the semester. To what extend this will be possible depends on the health and safety measures that will be in effect at that time.
No, unfortunately, you cannot.
More information on travel to the Netherlands can be found on the website of the Dutch Government.
The ISN Amsterdam (International Student Network) introduction days for exchange students are planned on 24 to 26 August 2021. For more info, check the webpage on the ISN introduction days.
All full degree students (Bachelor's and Master's) have a different introduction period, namely the general UvA introduction days. For more information, visit the Introduction days website.
For Covid-related questions on housing for exchange students, please visit the International Student Housing Office FAQ.
For Covid-related questions on Immigration, please visit the Immigration FAQ.
Your home university needs to nominate you again. Please contact them and follow their procedures. Also inform your UvA exchange coordinator.
Yes, we will need up-to-date information from you and therefore we will ask you to submit a new application if your home university nominates you again.
Inform both your home university as well as your UvA exchange coordinator.