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Office of International Student Affairs

The Office of International Student Affairs (BIS) 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 the Covid-19 virus in our community, the services of the Office of International Students Affairs have moved online for the entire academic year 2020-2021.

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

Information sessions and workshops

Need help? No problem, we are committed to help you during each stage of your journey. All our activities will be offered in English and online. Please check the following website which information sessions and workshops are offered in your stage of the global exchange programme: orientation, pre-departure, during and after mobility.


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