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.
For the Data Systems course that starts in September you will need to choose a project. Please read the project descriptions from the Zip file. Let us know your preferred project no later than August 18th. In case you do not choose a project, we will choose one for you.
You can email your top 3 choice of projects to email@example.com.
Projects of 2020-2021:
1 Synthetic personalities for embodied intelligent objects - Buzzo
2 The conditions and actors in conflicts - TNO
3 A software solution for multi-dataset for customs risk management - TNO
4 Formal Web-Based Transactions using Blockchain - Semmtech
5 Semantics in automating design processes - Semmtech
6 Fire Risk Profiles - City of Amsterdam
7 From data to drinking water prognosis - Waternet
8 Intelligent use of public space - City of Amsterdam
9 Museum NL - Q42
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: https://bit.ly/uva-sp904en
First semester: with your UvA-net ID you need to register for courses via https://datanose.nl/#masterenrol. 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: http://student.uva.nl/sis/.
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.
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:
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.
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 http://vunet.login.vu.nl/ 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.
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.
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!
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.
All students of the master Information Studies are expected to use their own laptop.
You will need a student ID card to identify yourself for classes, exams and study centres at all UvA locations, and to borrow books at the University library (UB).
UvA students can use an UvA email address via Google Apps for Education.
Your personal timetable is available on DataNose, login with your UvAnetID.
Most UvA-courses are supported by Canvas, our online learning environment. Login with your UvAnetID.
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.
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:
Please contact the Education Desk FNWI.