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FAQs inbound exchange

International prospective exchange students

We recognise that these are highly unusual times and understand that you may have concerns and questions about your exchange at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). We are working hard to answer your questions and are committed to supporting you. This page offers information for students expecting to arrive in the Fall semester, starting September 2021. More information for students planning their exchange for the Spring semester in 2022 will follow soon.

FAQs inbound exchange

We understand you might still have some questions. The situation is uncertain and it is hard to predict what the world will look like in a few months. For your benefit we have published an FAQ below. In case you have any remaining questions, please contact your UvA exchange coordinator.


  • I’m planning to do an exchange in the first semester of 2021-2022. Will this go ahead?

    The Uva Executive Board has decided to allow physical exchange programmes to go ahead in the first (Fall) semester of the 2021-2022 academic year.

    We are hopeful that towards the summer things will slowly return to normal and that we will be able to welcome you at the UvA campus in late August (for introductions) or early September 2021 (for classes). You will be able to travel to Amsterdam to participate in the exchange programme, provided that:

    • there are no travel restrictions installed by your national government for travelling to the Netherlands;

    • there are no border restrictions in place by the Dutch government for travelers from your country of residence;

    • your home university allows you to participate in the exchange programme.

    Consequently, we would advise students to refrain from spending any money on anything (such as booking a flight) that is not strictly necessary at the present time.

    Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you will be expected to adhere to any and all safety measures imposed by the Dutch government to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

    If you have any questions on your specific exchange programme, please contact the UvA International Offices for more information.

  • Are there any exceptions to this decision?

    Countries for which physical exchanges have already been explicitly cancelled either by the government or by decisions made by partner universities are not included. This includes Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. If partner universities proceed to cancel physical exchanges over the next few weeks, these cannot go ahead either. The affected students will be informed personally by email.

  • Should I register for a course in June?

    Travel advice is subject to change and the Netherlands may change or impose conditions, such as full vaccination, which may make it impossible to travel to Amsterdam after all. It is therefore still important that incoming international students register in June for UvA courses that start in September. We are calling on everyone to do so, just to be sure.

  • Will the courses at the UvA be offered on-campus?

    Currently, we expect to offer on-campus education at the UvA during the Fall semester of 2021-2022. We hope that the number of classes that students can attend on-campus will increase gradually throughout the semester. To what extend this will be possible depends on the health and safety measures that will be in effect at that time.

Planning your arrival


For Covid-related questions on housing for exchange students, please visit the International Student Housing Office FAQ.

Visas and permits - Immigration

For Covid-related questions on Immigration, please visit the Immigration FAQ.