Every academic year a large group of international students arrive in Amsterdam to take part in an exchange programme or to do a complete degree programme.
On Friday, 19 August and Monday, 22 August the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) will welcome about 1800 students from more than 115 different countries at a special UvA/AUAS reception desk at Schiphol airport.
Immediately after landing, the students will be received at the desk before being taken by bus to Amsterdam Science Park where they will have the opportunity to temporarily arrange things like a new bank account, receive the keys to their student rooms and register with the municipality.
Previous years have shown that new international students appreciate this personal service because of the difficulty of locating the relevant authorities in a new city. This process now only takes these new residents of Amsterdam a few hours to complete. British exchange student Dominique Kistan is very happy with the pick-up service. ‘You get to meet people directly upon arrival, from your own study as well as from others. I also like the fact that you can ask practical questions straight away, it is a soft landing'.
This year, students from around 115 countries have come to study at the UvA. A majority of these students are from Germany, England and the US, but there are also new students from Chili, Bahrein and Moldavia. The UvA is expecting larger numbers of international students this year. One of the reasons for this growth is the addition of several new English-taught Bachelor's programmes.