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Introduction first-year master's students

Graduate School of Child Development and Education

Considering you will receive a lot of new information during the introduction days, we have created a page on which we have collected the most useful information for you. If you still have questions after reading these page, you can always contact the Education Desk of the Graduate School of Child Development and Education (in Dutch: Pedagogische en Onderwijswetenschappen, POW) or one of our study advisers.

General information

  • Word of welcome

    Dear student,

    On behalf of all teachers, study advisers and employees of the education desk, I would like to welcome you to the master's Pedagogical sciences, track Youth at Risk,  and the research master's Child Development and Education. We will do our best to make your study an inspiring and enjoyable time.

    On the page below you will find important information about the state of affairs at the start of your studies. This will be further explained during the introduction period.

    I wish you the best of luck and hope you will enjoy your master's programme.

    Andries van der Ark
    Director Graduate School of Child Development and Education
    University of Amsterdam

  • Enrollment

    Once you have registered via the Dutch national database for admission to higher education, Studielink, have transferred the tuition fees, and all conditions have been met, including the obligations regarding your admission, then you are officially enrolled at the University of Amsterdam. Your enrollment can only be completed if your documents and conditions has been processed before 31 August 2020.

    For questions about Studielink, the payment of your tuition fees, etc., please contact the Central Student Service Desk of the University of Amsterdam.

  • Introduction period

    The introduction of the study takes place on Friday 3 and Monday 6 September 2021. 
    Below you will find an overview of the planned on-campus introductions 

    • Friday 3 September 2021 from 9am - 1 pm in REC-A2.07: Introduction Research Master Child Development and Education
    • Monday 6 September from 3pm - 5pm in REC-JK.B.52: Introduction Master's track Youth at Risk
  • Course registration

    Please register for all the courses of the (Research) Master’s programme. You will find all information about registering for courses at University of Amsterdam under Course Registration in the A-Z list on the students' website.

    Consult the Course Catalogue for the programme components for which you have to register. You can only register for courses from Friday 11 June (8 am) until Tuesday 22 June 2021 (1 pm).

  • COVID-19

    University of Amsterdam is closely monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus and working on measures, solutions and answers to enable and support working and studying in these circumstances. Everyone will be informed as quickly and completely as possible via the university website and newsletters.

    Please check the website for the latest developments and measures for the Master's track Youth at Risk and the Research Master's Child Development and Education.

Practical information

  • Canvas

    Canvas is the digital learning environment of the University of Amsterdam. Most courses have a Canvas page with information about the course, such as PPT slides, assignments, forums and secondary literature. 

    Important! We urge you not to turn of the notifications, otherwise you might miss important educational messages.

  • Course catalogue

    The Course catalogue, containing all the information you will need during your study, can be found online via Here you will find all information about the study programme and its courses

  • Course manual

    For each course a course manual will be published, in which you can find a detailed description of the course, the most recent bibliography and information about the final exam (e.g. a test or a paper). The bibliography in the course manual is more current than the one in the Course Catalog. It is therefore important to postpone purchasing the required literature until the course manual has been published. The course manual will be published no later than two weeks before the start of the course. You can download the course manual via the digital learning environment of the course in Canvas.

  • ICT facilities

    There are various ICT facilities that you can use:

    • There is free wireless internet at all UvA locations. 
    • Once you have activated a student email address, you can also use 30GB of storage space in Google Drive. 
    • There is a standard software package on the UvA computers for general use. As an UvA student, you can also purchase software at a reduced price via SURFspot
    • If you work from home you can access the UvA network with a VPN connection.
    • The MyUvA app offers you direct access to your timetable and marks, as well as the most important announcements for your programme. You can also check which study places are available and find addresses and directions for all UvA locations.
  • Library
    • At the Library Learning Centre, located at Roetersstraat 11, you will find the combined library collection of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    • You can also use the books and services of the University Library (UB), located at Singel 425, in the centre of Amsterdam.
  • Location

    Most classes, when offered on location, will be scheduled Roeterseiland Campus, University of Amsterdam, however, has several other locations. It is advised that you familiarise yourself with these locations, as lectures, seminars and exams will sometimes be scheduled here as well. In addition, these locations often also have study areas available for students.

  • Student information system (SIS)

    SIS is the student information system of the University of Amsterdam, where you can view your study results. You can log on using your UvAnetID.

  • Student mail

    The department often uses email to communicate with you. Please make sure the email address you have entered in Studielink is up to date,  as this email address will be used by the university for correspondence. As an UvA student, you can also activate your own UvA email address. For more information, see Email for students in the A-Z list.

  • Teaching evaluation

    All courses at University of Amsterdam are evaluated. You will receive an evaluation form in which you will be asked to provide feedback after your last exam for the course. Teachers use this information to improve their teaching. We ask you to fill in the questionnaire respectfully. The evaluation coordinator will inform you  of the results of the evaluations by email.        

  • Timetable

    You can find an overview of the academic year programme under Annual programme and exam schedule in the A-Z list on the students' website. 

    The (room) timetables for all courses and exams are available via UvA Course Timetable website. It is advised to consult the timetable website regularly in case of possible changes in time or location. The lectures and seminars will start on Monday 6 September 2021.

  • UvAnetID

    As a student of the University of Amsterdam you access vaious digital resources, for which you will need a UvAnetID. After enrollment you will receive a username and password. 

Study guidance

  • Education Desk

    You can contact the Education Desk of the Graduate School of Child Development and Education (in Dutch: Pedagogische en Onderwijswetenschappen, POW) about educational topics, as well as for information about the introduction period, your timetable, course registration, study results or graduation. The Education Desk is open on workdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Education Desk

  • Study advisers

    If you need advice or guidance concerning your study programme, you can contact one of the student advisers. You are also welcome to talk to them if, for example, you are having trouble studying due to personal circumstances. 

    Study advisers

  • Student website

    The student website of the Graduate School of Child Development and education contains important programme-specific information, so please check this website regularly. Here you will find, among other things, educational announcements, overviews of schedules, education and examination regulations, student facilities, information about student counselling, enrolment, information about course registrations, etc. (See the A-Z list).

    Announcements about lectures, symposia and other events can be found under Events:

Student life

  • Cultural centre CREA

    CREA is the cultural organisation of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam School of Higher Education (HvA) and organises a wide range of cultural activities.

    Website CREA

  • Student association Comenius

    Comenius is the student association for all students of the College and the Graduate School of Child Development and Education at University of Amsterdam.

    The course manual contains the current and correct literature. Textbooks can be purchased via the regular channels, but also through study association Comenius. Once you are a member of Comenius, you also get a 10-15% discount on all your textbooks. For more information about the study association, please send an e-mail to The readers you may need to purchase for a course can be ordered online (information via Canvas).

    Website Comenius (in Dutch only)