Erasmus Student Network VU Amsterdam

ESN VU Amsterdam is the international student association of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We aim to be a platform for intercultural awareness and learning by enabling international students to meet each other as well as local students. We do this by organising social and cultural activities and establishing links with relevant organisations for internationally-minded students. Not to forget, we have amazing parties throughout the semester and a weekly International Student Night ;)

ESN VU Amsterdam is a non-profit association run by volunteers. Our association consists of approximately 30 students who commit themselves to a project or are active on a part-time basis. The association is managed by a board of six members. They run ESN VU Amsterdam on a daily basis and can be found during office hours at the VU University StudentDOK room 0D-02 on Mondays between 12.00 and 15.00 and Wednesdays between 13.00 and 16.00.

They also coordinate the committees that help to organise events (social, cultural, sports etc.) and help to promote (marketing, design, etc.) If you'd like to help out too, let us know! You can be part of our active community and even enjoy a discount on our events by doing so :)

ESN Board and Committee

Furthermore, ESN VU Amsterdam is also the place you go to for help and advice about your stay in Amsterdam. We can give you advice about the best bars and clubs, transportation, housing and all the practical information you need. 

For information about your study programme, housing and VU University, please visit the International Service Desk at the VU University Main Building or contact the VU International Office.

ESN VU Amsterdam is part of the international organisation Erasmus Student Network (ESN). The organisation exists of more than 500+ sections that are active at local universities like the VU in 40 (!) different countries. To see all the different sections and read more about ESN check out the website


ESN VU Amsterdam offers a diverse program which includes the following activities and many more:

  • Introduction Weekend - Start your semester together with all new students and make friends for life
  • City Trips – Discover other interesting cities in The Netherlands.
  • Weekend Trips - Explore other areas in The Netherlands and neighbouring countries.
  • International Dinners - Taste dishes from all around the world.
  • Sports - Get active during one of our sports activities.
  • Social Activities - Get to know your fellow international students and (Dutch) volunteers.
  • Parties – Have a dance, a laugh and a drink. Our boat parties are the most famous :)
  • Buddy Program – Become part of a group of international students guided by a local student as a buddy.
    & many more! 

    Check out our Facebook or Instagram to see what our activities & community look like :) We will keep you updated about the events that we have planned for you here so make sure to follow us and give our volunteers a like!

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