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Exchange Ambassadors Programme

Become an exchange ambassador or international or alumni ambassador

Become an exchange, international or alumni ambassador!

  • Would you like to meet local and international students and play an important role representing the University of Amsterdam?
  • Would you like to expand your volunteer experiences and take part in a meaningful project?
  • Then join the UvA international student community and sign up to be an Exchange Ambassador!
Global Exchange Ambassadors 2014-2015

Global Exchange Ambassador

Exchange students are the best advocates for their programmes. The Global Exchange Programme is built on reciprocity: for every student who comes to the UvA from a given partner university, one UvA student can go to that university to study. It is therefore important to raise students’ awareness of the programme and participating universities so that more students can take part. 

Erasmus Exchange Ambassador

Every year, hundreds of Erasmus exchange students attend the UvA for a period of their studies, and just as many UvA students leave to attend European partner universities. The reason for this yearly migration of students is that the Erasmus Exchange Programme is one of the greatest culture and character building programs that you can have in your whole life.  It is therefore important to raise students’ awareness of the programme.

University spokespersons and Personal development of talented students

We trust on the honest perspective of our exchange students and hope that you are willing to help us promote our exchange programmes by promoting your own (host) university, and advise and reassure future exchange students about what it is like to go abroad.

The Ambassador Programme will challenge you to use and showcase your talent in order to achieving our goals. In addition, we offer ambassadors a range of training programmes to help develop or enhance your intercultural, networking, project planning and professional skills.

In a mixed group of local and international students, you will participate in various activities and complete two assignments. Students work together on a common goal, based on mutual interest.

In total, it will only take 20 hours of your time spread out over the semester.

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Photo: René van den Burg

Award-winning programme

In 2015, the Global Exchange Ambassador Programme won the prestigious Orange Carpet Award for the sector Higher Education. The award was granted to highlight outstanding initiatives that promote the international character of Dutch higher education.

International Student Ambassador

We strongly believe in the importance of informing prospective students about the University of Amsterdam through personal contact and first-hand experiences. Who better to represent the UvA to interested students from around the world than our own students?

As a current student, you can offer prospective students information about your experiences with the international degree programmes, campus and teaching style at the UvA, as well as the vibrant student life in Amsterdam.

Become an international student ambassador

Alumni Ambassador

After your graduation, you can continue to develop your international network and represent the UvA to prospective and current students as an Alumni Ambassador.

UvA Alumni Ambassadors support the UvA Alumni chapters and circles in Beijing, London, New York, and St. Petersburg by organising two alumni events per year. They also represent the UvA at international education fairs. For more information please visit the alumni website.

Photo: Guido de Wilde

Application and contact

Click on the links below to find more information or to apply online. The deadline for the first semester is 1 September and for the second semester is 1 February.

For questions about the Ambassadors programme, please email

Online application form

Exchange Express, digital magazine made by Global and Erasmus Ambassadors