Over the course of your studies at the University of Amsterdam, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy all the cultural, sporting and social activities Amsterdam has to offer. You can join a student association (not to be confused with your degree programme's study association) or play an active role in one of the various bodies representing student interests.
We recommend joining your degree programme's study association at the start of the first year. This will help you with both your studies and social life: you will get to know your fellow students in far less time and participate in activities that relate to your chosen field of study. In many cases, membership also offers practical advantages, such as discounts on study books.
European Studies students can also join the European Studies Study Association (SES). The association organises the introduction programme and sale of study books for first-year students, as well as regular social activities, excursions and study trips.