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Introduction first-year students - CS

College and Graduate School of Communication

Welcome to Communication Science! During the introduction period you will receive a lot of new information. Therefore, 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 Communication Science or one of our study advisers.

Introduction days - 31 August and 2 September 2021

Last Tuesday and Thursday the introduction days of the Bachelor and the Master's programmes of Communication Science took place. Download the slides of the presentations below, so that you can read all the information again. It was great to have you there!

Master's track specific slides

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 Bachelor's or Master's programme of Communication Science. 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. 

    We wish you the best of luck and hope you will enjoy your Bachelor's or Master's programme.

    Kind regards,

    Bas van den Putte
    Director College of Communication

    Jessica Piotrowski
    Director Graduate School of Communication

  • 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

    There are several introduction activities that you can take part in. Presence during the introduction day of your own study is mandatory; you will be introduced to the study, your teachers and fellow students and you will be informed about the upcoming academic year. The other activities are voluntary. We expect that at the end of August the COVID-19 restrictions will be loosened and that the introduction day will take place on-campus. 

    1. The introduction day of the Bachelor's of Communication Science will take place on 31 August. The introduction day of the Master's will take place on 2 September. The programme en times will be communicated later on. Keep an eye on your mailbox (also your spam).
    2. Besides the introduction of the study, there is also a regular UvA introduction week called Intreeweek. You can find more information here
    3. Every year, our study association Mercurius organises an introduction weekend for new Communication Science students. This is an unforgettable experience according to the students who took part in previous editions. After these three days you immediately have a group of friends with whom you can kick off your studies. You can find more information under Study association Mercurius in the A to Z list. 
  • Course registration

    Find more information about Course Registration in the A-Z list on the students' website.

    Course Catalogue for the programme components for which you have to register. You can only register for courses from Thursday 10 June 8:00 until Tuesday 22 June 2020 13:00.

    Note: First year Bachelor's students do not have to register for courses in the first semester themselves. This will be done by the College. You will be assigned a workgroup automatically. If you have specific demands for certain workgroup times due to for example topsport or a second Bachelor's, please contact us. Make sure that you complete your registration in Studielink and that you pay your tuition fee on time. If you fail to complete these actions, you risk deregistration. 

  • 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 this website for the latest developments and measures for the Communication Science Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

Practical information

  • Canvas

    Canvas is the digital learning environment of the University of Amsterdam. Per course, 2 weeks before the course commences, a Canvas page will be published. Here you can find all information about the course, what is expected of you, the literature and the contact details of your teachers. 

    Important: We urge you not to turn off the notifications, otherwise you might miss important educational messages. The notifications will automatically be sent to your UvA student email. If you also want to receive them on your personal email, you can select the forward option in your UvA student mailbox. 

  • Course catalogue

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

    You can find the Course catalogue of the Bachelor's in Communication Science here

    You can find the Course cataleogue of the Master's (all tracks) in Communication Science here

  • 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 up-to-date than the one in the Course Catalogue. It is therefore important to postpone purchasing the required literature until the course manual has been published. 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, as well as the courses you are registered for. You can log in 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 Academic calendar 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. You can log in and search for Communication Science Bachelor, for a specific CS Master programme, or for individual courses. 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. 

  • Fraud and plagiarism

    The UvA has certain regulations for fraud and plagiarism committed by UvA students. If a student has committed serious fraud, he/she can be disenrolled and he/she is not allowed to finish their studies anymore. Therefore, it is important to know which academic regulations you have to comply with. 

  • Housing

    Did you know that as a first-year international student you are eligible for UvA Housing? It is best to start orienting early, because there are limited spots. On the webpage below, you can find more information about the conditions you have to meet and how to apply.

Study guidance

  • Education Desk

    You can contact the Education Desk of Communication Science about educational topics, as well as for information about the introduction period, your timetable, course registration, academic transcripts or graduation. The Education Desk is open on workdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • 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. 

  • Career Centre

    The Career Centre is a platform for UvA students, prospective students, graduates and employers. This institution is constantly developing: from creating practical hand-outs to providing with background articles. 

  • Student website

    The student website of Communication Science contains important programme-specific information, so please check this website regularly. Here you will find, among other things, educational announcements, academic calendars, 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.

  • Student association Mercurius

    Mercurius is the study association of Communication Science and as such, organises numerous study related activities, such as career events, workshops, company visits, symposia and a yearly study trip (destinations in the past have included New York, Budapest and Moscow). Every semester, the Mercurius desk offers discounted study books for all compulsory subjects and many books for electives. All members are automatically sent information about (digital) book sales.

    Members of Mercurius receive Medium, a quarterly magazine that contains articles on communication science related subjects, written especially for and by Communication Science students. Since 2012 Medium is also available online at: mediummagazine.nl