The School of Business and Economics has its own library. The Economic and Social Institute has an extensive documentation library for research purposes. In addition to the library, the Faculty also has a reading room for study purposes. The reading room holds all the scientific journals to which the School has subscriptions. The University's general reading rooms are also open to students of the School of Business and Economics.
The School computer rooms for students are located on the first floor of the main building of the university. All exchange students are given their own e-mail address and access to Internet facilities.
The university has a restaurant (Mensa) where students and staff can have lunch and diner for reasonable prices.
Although quite a number of the courses at the VU are taught in English, it is always nice to speak a couple of words in the language of your host country. You can follow one of the courses offered by the Department of Dutch as a Second Language of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Student Association and Introduction Period
The School has two student associations: Aureus for Economics and Business Administration students and Kraket for Econometricians. These faculty associations represent students' interests. Students are members of the Faculty Council and the Faculty Board. The student associations sell study books at a discount, publish lecture notes and summaries of study material, and they maintain a database of old exams and tests. Furthermore, they organise field trips, company visits, symposia, theme days and courses. Relaxation and fun are also important: each year the student associations organize large numbers of sports and cultural events, drinks and parties.
'Exchange' is an Aureus committee that is responsible for the reception of and assistance to exchange students at the Faculty. 'Exchange' organises an introductory programme each semester before the start of the classes. All exchange students will receive an invitation for this introduction period. During this 3-day programme, students will get to know the university, the city of Amsterdam and the other exchange students of the Faculty.
The accessibility of VU Amsterdam is excellent. The Amsterdam-Zuid train station is only a seven-minute walk from VU Amsterdam. The VU can also be easily reached by car, since the campus is near the A-10 motorway. The centre of Amsterdam can be reached in 20 minutes by tram so people can easily benefit from the advantages of a large and beautiful city.