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International Student Affairs (BIS)

The Office of International Student Affairs (BIS) is the central international office of the UvA, focusing on study abroad. The office manages, among other things, the Global Exchange Programme and the Global Short Term Programme. They provide expert advice to students about one of these programmes and all other options to study abroad.

Advice and information

For general questions about studying abroad, please contact the Central Student Service Desk. If your question is too complex they will schedule a 10-minute appointment with a study abroad expert of the Office of International Student Affairs.


  • Monday-Friday, from 09:00-17:00, +31 (0)20 525 1401


  • Visiting address: Central Student Service Desk, REC-E (central hall ground floor), Roetersstraat 11, Amsterdam
  • Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00

Central Student Service Desk

Information sessions and workshops

The Office of International Student Affairs (BIS) helps you on your way with the orientation process and the application through a number of information sessions.

These are announced on this study abroad website at Events, or check the Overview of information sessions and workshops.


Information sessions and workshops


Download the FAQ (pdf, 12 p.)

National holidays

The UvA is closed on national holidays and during Christmas week/New Year's Eve. For an overview, follow the link below.

National holidays

Students on exchange abroad