Student for a day

Spend a day at the UvA and discover what university studies and student life are really like. You will either shadow a student at the University or take part in a special sample programme for prospective students.


‘Student for a day’ activities differ per programme and take place between October and June.

Registration will open on 1 October.

What does it involve?

For some programmes, this means you will spend part of a day with a current student, attending a lecture/seminar and getting to know the campus. There is plenty of time to ask questions and to become well acquainted with the study programme and the academic environment.

Other study programmes offers a sample programme that will give you an idea of what it is like to be a university student.

For whom?

Once you have a good idea of which Bachelor's programme you'd like to take, you can sign up to become a student for a day. You will also need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be in the final two years of pre-university secondary education (VWO) or have already obtained your qualification.
  • You must have read up on the study programme that you would like to shadow. This means that you have reviewed the study programme description on the website and downloaded the brochure.
  • You must have already attended an information day for that specific study programme or taken part in a taster session.

Become a 'Student for a day' with:

  • Communication Science

  • European Studies

  • Literary Studies: Literary and Cultural Analysis

  • Media and Information

  • Political Science (from February next year)

  • Sociology

Other 'Student for a day' opportunities

  • Amsterdam University College

Amsterdam University College organises open days for prospective students. The open days include information sessions, sample lectures and a campus tour.

  • Politics, Psychology Law and Economics (PPLE)

The PPLE programme offers student for a day opportunities throughout the year. Take a look at their events list to see when the next PPLE 'Student for a day’ event will take place.

  • Dutch-taught programmes

You can also become a student for a day with a Dutch-taught Bachelor's programme.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

17 September 2018