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Extracurricular activities


Alongside your programme, you can enjoy the many cultural, sport and social activities Amsterdam has to offer. You can also become a member of a student association or be activeparticipate in the Board of Studies or student council of your faculty.

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VSPA study association

The VSPA is the active study association for Psychology students. The association arranges various activities:

  • the first year weekend for new students
  • the sale of textbooks and syllabuses
  • conferences, lectures and excursions
  • drinks and parties

Student involvement and influence

There are several ways for students to have a say in educational policy at the UvA. In the Board of Studies, students and lecturers discuss all kinds of issues of importance for the programme and also advise other official bodies. You can stand for election to the Board and make your voice heard while gaining useful experience at the same time. You can also gain a seat on the Faculty Student Council (FSR) or the Central Student Council (CSR).

Amsterdam United student platform

Amsterdam United (AU) is the extremely diverse student platform of the University of Amsterdam. Amsterdam United aims to make the UvA a university where diversity takes centre stage by: 

  • organising open activities, including film evenings, lectures and debates on diversity
  • setting up special projects in which AU provides support to students from diverse backgrounds during their study programme.

'Diversity' covers cultural, religious, political and sexual diversity. Amsterdam United aims to ensure that every student feels free to shape and express their identity. 


Spiegeloog is the UvA psychology magazine.

The magazine contains essays, interviews, reviews, columns and features exploring themes from the world of psychology. Spiegeloog also covers student life in Amsterdam.

Spiegeloog is published seven times per year and can be obtained free of charge from various locations on and around the Roeterseiland complex (such as CREA). There is almost always room for new and motivated members on the editorial team.

Sport and culture

If you’d like to get involved in any sports after lectures, you can drop by the University Sports Centre Sport (USC).  Or perhaps you’d prefer a course in photography, multimedia or drama? At CREA, the UvA's cultural organisation, all of that is possible.