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FAQs inbound exchange

FAQs inbound exchange

The situation is uncertain and it is hard to predict what the world will look like in a few months. For your benefit we have published the FAQ below, especially for (prospective) inbound exchange students.

In case you have any remaining questions, please visit the UvA Coronavirus information website or contact your UvA exchange coordinator.

Planning your exchange


For Covid-related questions on housing for exchange students, please visit the International Student Housing Office FAQ.

Visas and permits - Immigration

For Covid-related questions on Immigration, please visit the Immigration FAQ.


  • I’m planning to do an exchange at the UvA. Will this go ahead?

    You will be able to travel to Amsterdam to participate in the exchange programme, provided that:

    • there are no travel restrictions installed by your national government for travelling to the Netherlands;

    • there are no border restrictions in place by the Dutch government for travelers from your country of residence;

    • your home university allows you to participate in the exchange programme.

    Consequently, we would advise students to refrain from spending any money on anything (such as booking a flight) that is not strictly necessary at the present time.

    Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you will be expected to adhere to any and all safety measures imposed by the Dutch government to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

    If you have any questions on your specific exchange programme, please contact the UvA International Offices for more information.

  • Will the courses at the UvA be offered on-campus?

    Currently, we offer limited on-campus education at the UvA. We hope that the number of classes that students can attend on-campus will increase gradually throughout the academic year. To what extend this will be possible depends on the health and safety measures that will be in effect at that time.


  • Can I defer my exchange?

    This decision has to be made by your home university. Please contact the international office of your home university for their procedure. In case you receive permission to defer, your home university needs to nominate you again. In case you decide to defer make sure to inform your UvA exchange coordinator.