Graduate School of Social Sciences

Practical matters

Summer Programmes of the Graduate School of Social Sciences


Students receive an UvA student ID card good 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.

Academic Programme and Travel

The Summer School programmes require dedicated study. In order to receive credits, the academic and programme staff expect you to attend all lectures, excursions, and events. Please only book vacation (in The Netherlands or elsewhere) before or after the programme dates so as not to interfere with the running of the academic programme.


Some summer programmes make use of Blackboard.  At least two weeks prior to the start of the Summer Institute, you will receive a login name and password to access Blackboard where announcements, schedules, and readings will be placed.  This will also give you the opportunity to communicate with fellow students before and during the programme.

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 'Healthcare for international students' section at

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 Dutch Department of Immigration's website.

The Summer Programmes Office is only able to send a letter to support visa purposes if all fees have been paid. 

Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

Graduate School of Social Sciences

1 August 2017