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Contact and sessions

Office of International Student Affairs

The Office of International Student Affairs (BIS - Bureau Internationale Studentenzaken) is the central international office of the UvA, and engages in worldwide student mobility, facilitates (international) student involvement (including the award-winning UvA Exchange Ambassador Programme), administers scholarships and collaborates with academic units and faculty international offices to create and cultivate engaging strategic global collaborations.

Advice and information

In an effort to mitigate the risk of transmission of the Covid-19 virus in our community, the Office of International Students Affairs is working remotely and their services have moved online.

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 telephone 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


If you have already been placed in the Global Exchange Programme and have access to the "Canvas Course", you can book a phone consultation appointment yourself via the "Contact Us" page on Canvas.

Information sessions and workshops

Need help? No problem, we are committed to help you during each stage of your journey. All our activities are offered in English and online. We offer workshops, information sessions, and Q&A sessions.

Information session: Study Abroad with Global Exchange Programme (1,5 hour)

The Global Exchange Programme includes over 90 universities outside Europe. Students of all disciplines are eligible for these exchange programmes unless the host university applies certain restrictions. Join this online session to find out if this programme matches your ambitions to study abroad and discover helpful tips to overcome the challenges in applying for this programme.

Date and time: Tuesday 19 October at 16:00 Register

Q&A session about the Global Exchange Programme (1 hour)

When applying for the Global Exchange Programme you might get stuck and need help. Please know you are not the only one! In this session you will meet many of your peers who are dealing with the same issues and together with an expert of the Office of International Student Affairs you will learn how to answer all of your burning questions.

Dates and times:

Tuesday 12 October at 11:00 Register

Thursday 28 October at 11:00 Register

Tuesday 9 November at 11:00 Register

Thursday 25 November at 11:00 Register

Monday 10 January 2022 at 11:00 Register


We also offer 3 workshops for students who wish to apply for the Global Exchange Programme. You can register for these workshops via the links below:


Also check our FAQ for further information.

National holidays

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

Students on exchange abroad