Graduate School of Social Sciences

Practical matters

Summer Programmes of the Graduate School of Social Sciences


Students receive an UvA student ID card valid for the length of their stay at the University. This card gives the student access to a variety of student facilities, including the library and computers. The Summer Programmes Office makes use of the state-of-the-art Roeterseiland Campus, located in Amsterdam East.

Academic Programme

Summer programmes require dedicated study. In order to receive credits, the academic and programme staff expect you to attend all lectures, excursions, and events. In the event of a missed class, students may be expected to complete additional work in order to receive their credits.

UvA Summer App

The Summer Programmes Office has developed a smartphone and tablet app to help you navigate your academic and daily life while studying at the UvA. The UvA Summer app seamlessly integrates your academic calendar with excursions and all of the practical information you need. Features include push notifications with programme updates, city maps, housing locations, and all of the practical information you need while living in Amsterdam. With the app, they keys to the city are already in your pocket, and you can communicate with fellow classmates and other participants through group and private chat functions.

Buitenruimte Roeterseilandcampus

Photo by Maartje Strijbis

Digital Learning Environment

Some summer programmes make use of digital learning environments.  At least two weeks prior to the start of the Summer Institute, you will receive a login name and password to access the digital learning environment where announcements, schedules, and readings will be posted.

Health Insurance

Insurance is required

You are required to have appropriate health insurance for the duration of your stay in the Netherlands. For a diagram that indicates which insurance applies to you, please refer to the "Insurance" section of the Study in Holland website.

Please check before you come to the Netherlands whether your insurance will cover the complete period of your stay abroad, and what type of coverage it consists of.

Schengen Visa

In order to attend one of the summer programmes at the GSSS, you might need to obtain a Schengen or Short Stay Visa (Visum Kort Verblijf). You will not need a (provisional) residence permit since all summer programmes are less than 3 months in length. 

Students from certain countries do not need an entry visa.  To see what applies to your situation, please visit the website of the Department of Immigration and Naturalisation.

The Summer Programmes Office is only able to send a letter to support visa purposes if you have been accepted to one of our programmes and all fees have been paid.


Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

Graduate School of Social Sciences

18 October 2017