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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

    Due to the Covid-19 crisis the Introduction day on August 27th 2020 for the new students of the Master Artificial Intelligence have been adjusted according to government policy and UvA policy. We can no longer proceed with our planned off campus social event for the Master AI on August 27th due to the updated Covid-19 regulations by the Dutch government. Unfortunately, this means the planned boat tour and visit to the Heineken Experience have been cancelled. We are now looking into an online social event for the afternoon instead.  

    For now the programme of the introduction day on August 27th will start in the morning with an online faculty introduction followed by online Master AI introduction and hopefully an online social event in the afternoon.

    Programme Introduction Day 27 August 2020:

    General welcome new students of the Graduate School of Informatics:
    10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. CET (zoom)

    • Dr. Paola Grosso - Director of Education of the Graduate School of Informatics
    • Cecilia Sigvardsdotter - Study Adviser Graduate School of Informatics
    • Chairwoman of VIA - Student Association
    • Q&A – questions and answers (chat)
    • Visual tour Science Park (link)

    Introduction Master Artificial Intelligence:
    12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. CET (zoom)

    • Prof. dr. Cees. G.M. Snoek – Programme director Master Artificial Intelligence
    • Alumnus Master Artificial Intelligence


  • VU course and exam registration

    As a UvA student you can choose 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 apply for admission to the master programme AI, the programme is 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.

    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, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.

    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

    The faculty will organize a meeting for all international students of the Faculty of Science on Thursday 1 October at 17.30.

    Due to the present situation, the meeting will be online. You will get acquainted with the Dutch academic environment, receive information about social activities and meet the with your fellow international students. There will be a fun activity at the end of the meeting.

    In September you will receive an invitation with more details for this event by e-mail.

    We hope to see you all there!

  • 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