Welcome aboard UvA Economics and Business (EB) on the Roeterseiland campus. Your first-year experience is all about starting your university life, becoming part of the campus community and meeting new people.
Our extensive network of lecturers, mentors and study advisers will guide you on your study path. Various activities and events will help you to make the most of your first-year experience!
The path you take is up to you, the opportunities will help you along the way.
Start your university life with the intro-day of your study programme. Get to know your study programme, your fellow students and prepare for your time as a UvA Economics and Business student. You will receive an invitation by email.
Join the intro-days part 2 programme to meet your fellow students and get to know the UvA Economics and Business (EB) services for study support and skills training. Participate in workshops and social events. Due to a lot of enthusiasm for the programme, the limited spots available for activities on campus are already fully booked. Fortunately, you can still register for the online workshops. Check the programme on the event page to see which workshops are offered online.
Together with a smaller subgroup of your first-year group you will attend weekly tutorials. The aim of tutorials is to help you improve your personal and academic skills and support you in the courses you are taking. In the first semester, the ‘Skills and connect’ sessions will help you develop the academic skills needed for a smooth transition to an academic environment. Guided by your skills tutor, you and your fellow students will exchange study tips, set goals and reflect on them. You’ll develop and improve your teamwork, public speaking and Excel skills.
Also, your skills tutor will help you to connect with your fellow students by organising social activities, find your way around campus and will make you feel comfortable at the UvA. You will meet your skills tutor at the study programme Intro-days in August.
Do you have questions about studying and living in Amsterdam and would you like to have additional tips? Chat with other students at Economics and Business (EB). Our student ambassadors are from around the world and represent a variety of programmes.
Through study associations at UvA EB you can broaden your social, academic, and professional horizon. This is of great value during your studies and for your future.
Desi: 'In the first week of my BSc studies I was always behind. My classmates were submitting assignments I hadn’t heard of. They received emails from our tutor which I didn’t. I asked for help at the student desk. It turned out that I was not receiving notifications on my preferred email account but on my student account, which I didn’t check regularly. I found an error in the system and found out how to set up my student email to make sure not to miss important emails again. So here are some useful tips for you that I’ve collected over the years.'
Sofia: ‘When I came to Amsterdam to study at the UvA, I found my new responsibility and independence as a university student overwhelming. Time helped me to grow and to take things step-by-step: study planning, getting to know the city, arranging insurance, registering for a dentist. Then, when you think you have arranged everything properly, there are always things that you didn't know about. I received letters from the municipality of Amsterdam stating I was getting a fine for not having Dutch health insurance while working. That’s why I’m happy to give some tips.’
Are you looking for a General Practitioner (GP) specialised in student health? Are you feeling ill and need medical help? Contact the Oude Turfmarkt practice. You can register with them for the full duration of your studies.
Do you need a dentist but it is not possible to see your regular dentist back home because of exams and deadlines? No problem! Visit the dental students at ACTA. They will treat your dental problems and they offer a 65% discount!
Having health insurance is compulsory in the Netherlands, otherwise you risk a fine.
Find out if you are required to have a Dutch health insurance policy.
Do you have remarks or suggestions about your study programme, teaching methods or the campus? Don’t be afraid to speak your mind!
Choose to communicate with your personal email account (Hotmail, Gmail, etc.) or an @student.uva.nl account. Have you activated an @student.uva.nl account, but not set up as your default, then occasionally it’s possible messages will be sent to this account.
Amsterdam is the city of bikes. Regular exercise has been proven to have a positive impact on your academic score. That’s why cycling daily is the best way to multitask - not only will you save money, you will also be fitter, healthier, and perform better academically.
If you are not into biking, live too far, or if it is raining, you can get around by public transport. There are a number of trams, busses and metros that stop nearby the Roeterseiland campus.
Travel for free or at a reduced rate with the DUO student travel product (OV-chipkaart).
Firstly, check if you are eligible for this travel product. If not, buy a discounted monthly GVB-subscription or a personal OV-chipkaart. Connect the card to your bank account for topping up credit automatically when it’s too low. This way, you will avoid getting a fine and also you will not have to stand in line to top up your credit.
You can purchase new or second hand books. First check the course catalogue for the books you need for each class.
Keep in mind, a second-hand book can be outdated due to revisions to an edition of a book. Most lecturers will warn you if this is an issue, or they will provide a list with the differences between editions.
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The best part of being a student is getting discounts with your student card at places such ase.g.:
Some cafes and bars offer discounts on coffee or beer.