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Welcome new students

Welcome new students

Useful information

Here you can find a summary of all the useful information that you need as a new student. You can find also more detailed the information in the A-Z list.

  • Introduction day 2019

    The Introduction Day for new students starting in September 2019 will be held on the 29th of August.

    Please keep in mind that attendance at the Introduction Day is compulsory. If you are unable to attend please contact the study advisor.

    Introduction Day programme:

    13.00-13.30   Doors open, registration, coffee/tea in Central Entrance Hall
    13.30-14.15       Tour of the Campus

      Welcome to all new Master students of the 2-year Master's Programmes
      Room C1.110

    • Dr. Andy Pimentel, Director of Education of the Graduate School of Informatics
    • Study Advisor
    • Chairman of VIA, Student Association
    15.00-16.30   Programme per Master: Introduction to the programme by the Programme
      Director/ lecturers/ students.
      Room C1.110
    16.30-21.00      Reception with drinks and snacks for all new Master students of the Graduate School of Informatics


  • VU course and exam registration

    As a UvA student you can take one or two free-choice electives at the VU in one of the VU buildings on De Boelelaan in Amsterdam Buitenveldert. You have to be enrolled for these courses with a VU-net ID.

    As soon as your registration at the UvA is completed and the tuition fee is paid you will receive a VU-net ID from the VU. The VU-net ID allows you to log in to the VU-net student portal where you can register for courses and examinations.  If you do not register on time you have to wait until the next regular teaching or examination opportunity, in most cases a year later. So it is very important that you register for courses and examinations in time.

  • Additional important information on restriction course registration courses MSc AI

    Due to the large number of students who applied for admission to the master programme AI this year, the courses of the master programme AI face some capacity problems. Therefore, the programme was forced to place some restrictions on several courses. The programme and the Graduate School of Informatics regret having to enforce these restrictions on courses, but lacks the facilities to admit all students from other programmes.

    Limited capacity Master AI core courses

    Please note that due to limited capacity of the core courses of the master programme AI, MSc AI students have priority for these courses.

    Students of other GSI master programmes are allowed to register for this course, but please note that there is a limited number of places available. Students from the other GSI programmes can request registration for this course in datanose or by e-mail and will be put on a waiting list.
    Request registration here: or by sending an e-mail to

    The core courses of the master programme AI are: Computer Vision 1, Machine Learning 1, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing 1, Fairness Accountability Confidentiality and Transparency in AI, Information Retrieval 1, Symbolic Systems 1.

    Limited capacity Master AI restricted-choice electives

    The restricted-choice electives from the master programme Artificial Intelligence are available to all students for registration, but please note that due to the limited capacity of these courses students of the master programme Artificial Intelligence have priority. 

  • UvAnetID

    As soon as you are enrolled as a student at the UvA you will receive a UvA-net ID from the Central Registration Office. If you completed your bachelor study at the UvA, your UvA-net ID is still the same. If you have any problems with your UvAnetID password, you can contact the Study Centre (Library) at Science Park 904 for assistance.

  • Canvas

    Most UvA-courses are supported by Canvas, our online learning environment. Login with your UvAnetID.

  • Meeting for International Students in October

    In October, The Faculty of Science will organize a special event for all its international students. You will get acquainted with the Dutch academic environment, receive information about social activities and meet the other international students during drinks and pizza.

    We hope to see you all there! In September you will receive an invitation with more details for this event by email.

  • Study adviser

    Students may consult the study adviser for advice on individual situations like studying with a disability/chronic illness, combination study/work, personal circumstances, (temporarily) terminating the study programme as well as for advice regarding planning or doubts about your master’s programme. The study adviser can refer to lecturers, committees and departments within or outside the Faculty. The study adviser has knowledge of the rules and regulations concerning the educational system.

  • Education Desk FNWI

    The Education Desk is situated at Science Park 904 on the first floor. Opening hours daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

    Master students primarily contact the Education Desk for:

    • the registration of study results
    • information on schedules if not on-line
    • to pick up forms
    • to inquire about study and examination procedures
    • to make an appointment for the application of a MSc degree 
    • for a Transcripts of Records and English translations 
    • for procedures concerning approval from the Board of Examiners, such as approval of study programmes, special courses etc. 
    • for statements from various authorities