FAQs inbound exchange
The situation is uncertain and it is hard to predict what the world will look like in a few months. For your benefit we have published the FAQ below, especially for (prospective) inbound exchange students.
Planning your exchange
Where can I find information on the travel restrictions and Dutch border restrictions?
More information on travel to the Netherlands can be found on the website of the Dutch Government.
Where can I find information on the health and safety measures that are in place in the Netherlands?
You can find more information on the website of the Dutch government.
Where can I find information on the health and prevention measures that are in place at the UvA?
More information on health and prevention can be found on this webpage.
- Where can I find more information on matters related to quarantine?
When am I expected at the UvA for the Introduction days?
The voluntary ESN Amsterdam (Erasmus Student Network) organises summer and winter introduction days for exchange students. For more info, check the webpage on the ESN introduction days.
Faculties also offer a Faculty specific introduction programme (on campus if the situation allows, otherwise online). More information will be shared after acceptance by your UvA exchange coordinator.
For Covid-related questions on housing for exchange students, please visit the International Student Housing Office FAQ.
Visas and permits - Immigration
For Covid-related questions on Immigration, please visit the Immigration FAQ.
I’m planning to do an exchange at the UvA. Will this go ahead?
You will be able to travel to Amsterdam to participate in the exchange programme, provided that:
there are no travel restrictions installed by your national government for travelling to the Netherlands;
there are no border restrictions in place by the Dutch government for travelers from your country of residence;
your home university allows you to participate in the exchange programme.
Consequently, we would advise students to refrain from spending any money on anything (such as booking a flight) that is not strictly necessary at the present time.
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you will be expected to adhere to any and all safety measures imposed by the Dutch government to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
If you have any questions on your specific exchange programme, please contact the UvA International Offices for more information.
Will the courses at the UvA be offered on-campus?
Currently, we offer limited on-campus education at the UvA. We hope that the number of classes that students can attend on-campus will increase gradually throughout the academic year. To what extend this will be possible depends on the health and safety measures that will be in effect at that time.
Can I follow all my courses online instead of travelling to Amsterdam?
No, unfortunately, you cannot.
Can I defer my exchange?
This decision has to be made by your home university. Please contact the international office of your home university for their procedure. In case you receive permission to defer, your home university needs to nominate you again. In case you decide to defer make sure to inform your UvA exchange coordinator.
If it is possible to defer my exchange, do I need to submit a new application?
Yes, we will need up-to-date information from you and therefore we will ask you to submit a new application if your home university nominates you again.
I have deferred my exchange but now I would like to cancel, what should I do?
Inform both your home university as well as your UvA exchange coordinator.