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Welcome new students

Useful information

Welcome new students

Here you can find a summary of all the useful information that you need as a new student.
You can find more detailed information in the A-Z list.

  • Introduction day Information Studies

    The introduction day will take place on Thursday the 27th of August. During this day you will receive study-related information about the faculty, the programme and your specific track.  You will have the opportunity to meet your fellow students, the track coordinator and programme director.

    The introduction day will be adapted in accordance to the national and UvA corona measurements and will therefore take place online.

    The programme of the day will be:

    10:00 – 11:00 General Welcome Graduate School of Informatics Here the Director of Education of the Graduation School of Informatics, dr. Paola Grosso, the study adviser, Cecilia Sigvardsdotter, and the chair of the student association VIA Eva Oostenbrink will give you information about the GSI, the faculty and the campus (including a  virtual tour). We will also provide you with the opportunity to ask questions (by means of chat and a Q&A session at the end of the session).

    13:00 – 14:00 Introduction to Information Studies Here the Programme Director will tell you all you need to know about the programme and the organisation. Also the track coordinators will give you some track specific information.

    14:00 – 14:30 Break

    14:30 – 15:30 Parallel DSP Project sessions

    15:30 – 16:30 Parallel DSP Project sessions In these sessions you will meet your fellow DSP project group members. The supervisor will explain the DSP projects and process. Also any outstanding project/registration can be resolved here.

    Virtual Tour Because we had to adjust the format of GSI Introduction Day to an online event according to the Covid-19 regulations, we would like to offer you the possibility to take a tour of the Science park campus! Please use the following link to walk around the campus and get to know your way around:

  • Registration procedure for UvA-courses

    First semester: with your UvA-net ID you need to register for courses via Once you have registered here, you will automatically be enrolled for the compulsory courses in the first semester. Please make sure you click confirm before leaving this page. Within the Information Studies curriculum, four courses (in total 24 EC) in the first semester are compulsory and there is room for one elective course in period 2. In the second semester, you will have another compulsory course in period 4 and one elective course in period 4. Please consult the Course Catalogue for information on courses (see below).

    Second semester: As of the second semester, you have to register for courses yourself through SIS, see:
    Please note that the deadline for registration for courses of the 2nd semester is in December 2020 or January 2021. You will be informed about this in time through email.

    Possibility to choose an elective course outside the master’s programme IS

    Within the curriculum elective courses are offered in period 2 and 4. This explorative space is a way for the student to investigate areas that are close to his or her interest. We do not insist that students choose only among the courses we suggest. Each student is free to select any course at any Dutch (block 2) and Dutch or International University (block 4) that fits the student’s needs. The following steps are required to select a different elective:

    1. Please check beforehand that you are eligible to attend the course and that the other institution will allow you in (i.e. contact the course coordinator and confirm participation).
    2. Provide a short description why this course is relevant for you, a link to the course description and the block you intend to take the course to the programme director, Sennay Ghebreab: The course has to be a course on master level and provide 6 EC.
    3. Once you got approval please indicate in SPA (Study Plan Application: that you intend to follow a different course. For that you have to replace one of the provided electives and then request approval by  the Examination Board (make use of the button). Please provide the course name, institution and link to the course description. 

    This step can be done from beginning of September but needs to be done at least 3 weeks before the course starts. Once the course is officially approved by the Examination Board you will see this in the SPA description.

  • VU course and exam registration

    The master's programme IS is offered in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam. As a UvA student you will take one or more (compulsory or elective) courses 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.

  • Course Catalogue

    Consult the Course Catalogue for general educational information and for specific information about the master’s programmes, courses, contact persons, etc. The Course Catalogue is available online.

  • 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!

  • UvAnetID

    As soon as you are enrolled as a student at the UvA you will receive a UvAnetID from the Central Registration Office. If you completed your bachelor study at the UvA, your UvAnetID 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.

  • 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

Still need more information?

Please contact the Education Desk FNWI.