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Free software for UvA students

Last modified on 11-10-2022
On this page you can find information about free software and apps for UvA students. You can download and use these for free during your studies at the UvA.
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The software made available here is subject to the licence agreements made between the suppliers and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Either downloading and/or installing it means that you agree to the licence terms and conditions. The software is strictly intended for personal use and may not be made available to third parties, in whatever manner.

UvA-apps on your computer

With apps.uva.nlExternal link you can access a virtual workplace and individual apps. You can consult the same files on e.g. OneDrive as you would normally do when logged in on a UvA computer. You start a virtual workplace from your own computer or mobile device to access the software available on UvA computers  device. If you want to use apps.uva.nlExternal link, please follow the steps in the guide applicable to your respective operating system.

If you have any questions or comments regarding apps.uva.nlExternal link, you can send an email to: apps-uva-icts@uva.nlExternal link

Van Dale online dictionaries

With your UvAnetID, you will have access via the University Library database to various dictionaries, including the Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, English, French and German dictionaries of Van Dale.

Available downloadable software


As a UvA student, you can also acquire software via SURFspot at a reduced price from renowned suppliers such as Adobe, Norton, McAfee and Microsoft. Once payment has been made, your order will be delivered to your home address within two working days. Sometimes, the software can be downloaded directly, and the data can be kept in your product locker at SURFspot.

Attention: You won't be able to log in on SURFspot with your student account untill two weeks prior to the start of your study programme. For example: If your study programme starts on 3 September, you won't be able to log in to SURFspot untill 20 August.

ICT webshop SURFspotExternal link

SURFspot cloud services

Cloud services can be acquired via SURFspot. The SURFspot customer service can answer any questions about this. Also see the FAQ sectionExternal link on their website.

Software usage rights

You will not own the software. The right to use the software will lapse as soon as you are no longer a UvA student or the licence agreement has expired.


The ICTS Service Desk does not provide support for SURFspot software. For a few of its programs, SURFspot sells special tutorials.