Social Programme

Get settled and make friends
Arrival day
To make sure you get settled in easily during your first day in Amsterdam, we offer a pick-up service from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and host an informal welcome event in the evening. If you have arranged your own housing, you are of course very welcome to join. More detailed information will follow later. Next summer the arrival days are: 

  • Session 1: Saturday 30 June 2018
  • Session 2: Saturday 14 July 2018
  • Session 3: Saturday 28 July 2018 
The airport pick-up service is arranged from 9am to 3pm and will bring you to your accommodation. Here you will receive your room key (available from 3pm) and a goodie bag with information package. At the welcome event in the evening you can meet your fellow students. Here we'll explain how to get to the university on Monday morning. Sunday is a free day to explore Amsterdam or other parts of the country.

First and last day of class
On the first Monday of your course we start the day with a campus tour, to explain the university facilities and to guide you to the right classroom. At the end of the day we gather at campus café The Basket for drinks, snacks and a pub quiz. The last day of your course we meet again at café The Basket in the afternoon, to celebrate your participation and to say goodbye in a festive way.

Social programme Session 1

A professional guide takes you along Amsterdam's best neighbourhoods. First you will visit the oldest and possibly most exciting area of Amsterdam: the Wallen (red-light district). When the walk continues, the medieval houses and the remarkable people slowly make way for the impressive Golden Age canals. Posh city palaces and huge carriage houses: this is the city at its best. The stroll ends in the Jordaan, the most authentic Amsterdam neighbourhood.

Price: € 15,00 
Date: Wednesday 4 July 2018 
Time: 15:00-17:30hr

A touring bus will pick you up near the university and bring you to one of the entrances of the Kröller-Muller national park. Situated in 'Nationaal Park de Hoge Veluwe', one of Netherlands biggest and most beautiful natural areas. From here we will cycle to the Kröller-Muller Museum (be sure you can bike!). The museum together has a world-renowned collection of mainly 19th and 20th century visual art. The centrepieces include a large collection of work by Vincent van Gogh and an impressive sculpture garden. A guided tour at the museum is included, as well as lunch and a drink. At the end of the afternoon we cycle back to the bus which will return you safe and sound at the university.

Price: € 65,00
Date: Saturday 7 July 2018
Time: 9:00-18:00hr 


Visit the place where Anne Frank together with her family and 4 others spent over two years in hiding. An interactive lecture and audio tour is provided at the Anne Frank House (no long queues!).

Price: € 20,00
Date: Wednesday 11 July 2018 
Time: 15:00-17:00hr

Social programme Session 2

Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical centre, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city's sights and attractions. Everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from a boat. The canal cruise will take around 90 minutes, in which you'll explore Amsterdam's UNESCO protected canal ring and discover plenty of interesting facts about the city along the way.

Price: € 15,00 including a drink
Date: Wednesday 18 July 2018
Time: 15:00-17:00hr

Visit The Netherland’s ‘other capital’ The Hague with us. On this day trip we will visit the Houses of Parliament in The Hague, with a guided tour. After a delicious lunch (traditional Dutch!) we will visit an exhibition of the famous artist M.C. Escher. The collection is housed in the former Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands. It is the only public building in The Hague where the original royal ambiance of a palace has been maintained. Afterwards, you can stay in The Hague as long as you want. Explore the beach town of Scheveningen, visit the Peace Palace you’re your train ticket is valid until midnight. Train ticket, lunch and visits to the museum and parliament are included in the price. 

Price: € 65,00  
Date: Saturday 21 July 2018 
Time: 9:00-16.00hr 

On this day, we offer two museum visits on the same day and time. It is only possible to select one.

Anne Frank House
Visit the place where Anne Frank together with her family and 4 others spent over two years in hiding. An interactive lecture and audio tour is provided at the Anne Frank House (no long queues!).

Price: € 20,00
Date: Wednesday 25 July 2018
Time: 15:00-17:00hr 

Van Gogh Museum 
Step into Van Gogh's world. Explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The visit includes a guided tour through the museum.

Price: € 25,00 
Date: Wednesday 25 July 2018 
Time: 15:00-17:00hr 

Social programme Session 3

De Jordaan started as a district for the poor. Today it is the favorite place of students, artists and young entrepreneurs. A bustling neighborhood that managed to keep it's nostalgic feel because of the many narrow streets, picturesque squares and beautiful old houses and cafés. You will experience all aspects of De Jordaan: it's rich history with juicy anecdotes combined with new creative energy. After the walk you will know everything about this typical Amsterdam neighborhood.

Price: € 15,00
Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018
Time: 15:00-17:00hr

Haarlem is one of the most charming towns in the Netherlands, nearby the beach and just a short train ride away from Amsterdam. During this half-day trip we will visit the 'Sint Bavokerk' cathedral and the Teylers Museum. You will receive a guided tour in the impressive Sint Bavokerk, after which we will enjoy lunch in the grand-cafe of the 'Jopen' brewery located in the Jopen church. The Teylers Museum is the oldest museum in the Netherlands and has an interesting combination of artworks and science artifacts such as fossils and gemstones. If the weather allows you can decide to visit the beach in the afternoon. You can get there within 10 minutes by train from Haarlem Central Station, where we will end the activity together. 

Price: € 50,00  
Date: Saturday 4 August 2018  
Time: 9:30-14:00hr 

Visit the place where Anne Frank together with her family and 4 others spent over two years in hiding. An interactive lecture and audio tour is provided at the Anne Frank House (no long queues). 

Price: € 20,00
Date: Wednesday 8 August 2018
Time: 15:00-17:00hr

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