For new students: VSPAssistance

We have launched a new project called VSPAssistance. It is a place where you can find all the help and opportunities you are looking for! The VSPA assisting new students, hence the name ‘VSPAssistance‘. What it entails:

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Answer questions and set out information for first year students. It  provides information about Psychology at the UvA, living and being a student in Amsterdam, the VSPA and studying here in general. We’ve also added some topics that cover more practical matters, which will get you started here right away!
  • Soft Landing: addresses the core topics which (almost) all international students coming to the Netherlands have to deal with (think of setting up a Dutch bank account, finding a room, getting your first bike, health/travel insurances etc.) The difference with the FAQ is primarily that Soft Landing is aimed at helping you out directly, on a more practical level. We’ve done as much work as we can for you and are sure you’ll find at least some of this very helpful!

So, if you are new student coming to Amsterdam, make sure to have a look here.

Vote for your Lecturer of the Year

Vote for your Lecturer of the Year


Good lecturers are key to good teaching. Even in the current circumstances, our lecturers continue to provide good education. That’s why the UvA community wants to honor the lecturer. Which lecturer inspires you? Who do you value for good quality of education? Let it know! All students and staff can vote online for the annual Lecturer of the Year award. You can vote from 6 until 24 April. Which lecturer do you nominate as UvA Lecturer of the Year?


Vote here


Corona Update #2

***Update Coronavirus***

Dear members,

Following the recent updates by the government and the UvA on the coronavirus, we have decided to close the VSPA room until at least the 6th of April. As a JoHo member, you can find your summaries online. Furthermore, all events will be cancelled until at least the 6th of April. We are working hard to reschedule these events.

We will always be available for questions via our usual channels. We would also like to ask our members to follow the national guidelines and take responsibility in this crisis.

Lots of love and hopefully see you soon,
Céline, Lynn, Eli, Nina, Malou and David

Corona Update


Dear members,

Following the statement from the UvA to cancel all events up and until the 31th of March, regardless of the location, we have to cancel the upcoming events in March. These will be:
– The Friday Afternoon Borrel on the 13th of March;
– The GMA on the 17th of March;
– The Workshop on the 18th of March;
– The Committee Evening on the 27th of March;
– The Jeu de Boule event on the 31st of March.
We are working very hard to try to reschedule these events, and will keep you updated. If you already bought a ticket for the event, you will get a refund. You can expect the refund within a week.

Furthermore, all committee meetings will be canceled for the remainder of the month. Your CAO will get in touch with the chair of the committee.

Moreover, we will change the opening hours of the VSPA room this week. For now, we will open the VSPA room to sell summaries on:
Wednesday the 18th of March from 13:00-15:00
Friday the 20th of March from 13:00-15:00
We would also like to ask our members to follow the national guidelines.

These are the measures we are taking right now. Since there is a possibility that the situation changes, we would have to change our policy as well. We will keep a close eye on the developments and keep you informed through our usual channels. Don’t stress too much. We as young people are not that much at risk, we want to prevent the further spread of the virus to keep the pressure on healthcare as low as possible. 👨🏼‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️

Lots of love 💕,
Céline, Lynn, Eli, Nina, Malou and David
Board 2019/2020


Borrel Thursday 21 November – VSPApp


This Thursday is borreltime again! The theme is Proud to be Fout x VSPApp. For outfit ideas, see the Facebook page. Let’s celebrate that you finished your exams at the Heeren van Aemstel. Also, if you show us this news message at the Borrel, you’ll get a beer for only €1,-!!!!!

See you there!

XXXX The Borrel Committee

Graduation Party on Friday the 8th!

Hi guys!

This Friday it’s time for the Graduation Party, to celebrate that you completed your propaedeutic year, your bachelor or researchmaster!!! 👩🏻‍🎓 ✨

However, everyone is welcome! So bring your friends, family and other people that want to come. You can buy your tickets here.

What: Graduation Party
When: November 8th at 20:00
Who: Everyone who graduated + supporters
Price: €8,50 (includes a drink)



Vrijdag is het tijd voor de Graduation Party, om te vieren dat je je propedeuse, je bachelor of researchmaster hebt gehaald!! 👩🏻‍🎓 ✨

Maar, iedereen is welkom! Dus breng je vrienden, familie en andere mensen die willen komen. Je kunt hier je kaarten kopen.

Wat: Graduation Party
Wanneer: 8 november om 20:00
Wie: Iedereen die geslaagd is + support
Prijs: €8,50 (inclusief een drankje)


**Dutch follows English**

Hi guys! There are a few spots left for the city trip to Ghent. We will leave on the 25th of October, right after the first year’s exams. We will go by bus to our neighbors Belgium, Ghent. There, we will go sightseeing, do a boat tour, visit a castle, drink beer AND go clubbing with all your VSPA friends! We’ll arrive back in Amsterdam on Sunday the 27th of October. Don’t hesitate, and join us for this unforgettable city trip. You can buy your tickets here:

In short:

What: A weekend get-a-way
When: 25th, 26th and 27th of October
Where: Ghent, Belgium
How much?: €80,95


Heee peeps! Er zijn nog een paar plekjes vrij voor de city trip naar Gent. We zullen op vrijdag 25 oktober vertrekken, vlak na de eerstejaars tentamens. We zullen reizen met de bus naar onze onderburen België, Gent. Daar zullen we de stad bekijken, een boot tour doen, een kasteel bezoeken, bier drinken EN uitgaan met al je VSPA vrienden! We zullen weer terugkomen in Amsterdam op zondag 27 oktober. Dus wacht niet, en koop nu je kaartje voor deze onvergetelijke city trip. Hier kun je je kaartjes kopen:

In het kort:

Wat: Een weekendje weg met je vrienden
Wanneer: 25, 26, 27 Oktober
Waar: Gent, België
Hoeveel?: €80,95

Let’s introduce ourselves!

Hello everybody,

We’re the board of the VSPA, and we want to introduce ourselves!

The girl on the left is Malou. She will be the Study Committee Affairs Officer of this years’ board. This means that she will be in charge of guiding all study related committees, such as the lecture committee, career committee, conference committee et cetera. If you have questions regarding study related committees, send an email to or come by the VSPA room to ask for more information!

The girl next to Malou is Lynn. Lynn is the secretary of this years’ board. This means she will be the one answering your emails, replying to your Facebook questions and booking your rooms for the committee meetings. Furthermore, she is always in a for a cup of coffee or a good talk!

The boy above Lynn is David. David is the officer of Sales and Acquisition of this years’ board. He will be making them money dealz for the association. Furthermore, he is the one responsible for providing you all the summaries and exam trainings! Moreover, David is always in for a talk and he is very excited to meet you all :).

The boy next to David is Eli. Eli is our treasurer which means he is in charge of all the moneyz within the association. He will be the one giving your money back if you’ve bought something for the VSPA. He is a very enthusiastic boy which means every conversation with him will be very fun!

The girl below Eli is Céline. Céline is the chair of this years’ board. This means that she leads our board meetings and makes sure the other board members are on track with their plannings. Furthermore, she is always in for a nice talk or borrel. :)

The girl on the right is Nina. Nina is the Social Committee Affairs Officer of this years’ board. This means that she will be in charge of guiding all social committees, such as the party committee, borrel committee, prom/dinner committee, city trip committee et cetera. If you have any questions regarding social committees, send an email to or come by the VSPA room to ask for more information!

Above all, we are there for you! If you have any questions about your studies, events or joining committees, please ask us! You can always send a general email to, or just come by the VSPA room for a cup of coffee or tea and a chat.


Your board of 2019-2020.



** English follows Dutch **

Hey VSPA-vrienden,

Wil je 9 dagen vrijheid willen hebben, even zonder na te denken over universiteitsleven?

Er zijn nog steeds plekken te bemachtigen voor de Studiereis die van 30 maart t/m 7 april plaats gaat vinden! Deze fantastische reis zal gaan naar Ierland! Naast dat wij twee steden en twee landen samen gaan ontdekken, zullen wij een aantal universiteiten en natuurgebieden bezoeken.

Om mee te mogen op deze reis, hoef je maar een entreeprijs te betalen van €436,80! Dit bedrag bevat de volgende onderdelen van de reis:

– Vluchten inclusief 20 kg bagage (en hand bagage) ✈️
– Accommodatie inclusief ontbijt
– Transport 🚌
– Bezoek aan de University College Dublin & National University Galway, incl. super interessante lezingen en rondleidingen over de campus! 👩‍🏫
– Een volledig verzorgde dagtrip naar Noord-Ierland, waarbij wij de University of Belfast, de Giant’s Causeway (Unesco Werelderfgoed) en de Carrick-a-Rede Bridge zullen bezoeken 🌉
– Glasnevin Cemetry, een verzorgde tour over een begraafplaats vol met overleden historische figuren 🦹‍♂️
– Entree voor de Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, de nationale kathedraal van Ierland 🕌
– Galway Cathedral ⛪️
– Kilmainham Gaol Prison: een verzorgde tour door een oude gevangenis voor politieke gevangenen 🕋
– Een volledig verzorgde dagtrip naar de Cliffs of Moher 🌿
– Een volledig verzorgde dagtrip naar Connemara National Park 🙌

Heb je zin om mee te gaan om een geweldige ervaring rijker te worden? Schrijf je dan in door de link hieronder aan te klikken!!

Mocht je vanwege financiële redenen twijfelen om mee te gaan op deze reis en niet te kunnen voldoen aan het eerste betalingstermijn op 17 februari, geen drama, want gelukkig bestaat onze beste vriend DUO nog. Laat het even weten als je pas na 24 februari kan betalen, dan houden wij daar rekening mee.

Eerstejaars: er zijn geen grote gevolgen voor het missen van de lessen! Je zult de colleges missen (maar vraag je vrienden om aantekeningen te maken 😉) en de twee tutorials tijdens die week, maar dat heeft geen gevolgen. Je kunt een paar berichten hieronder een overzicht vinden, maar je kunt ons ook een e-mail sturen als je het niet zeker weet!

Mocht je nog een vraag willen stellen over de reis of eventuele twijfels om je in te schrijven willen bespreken, dan kan je altijd een mailtje sturen naar of even langskomen op de VSPA-kamer. Wij helpen graag .

Wij hebben er zin in! 😍

Veel liefs,

De Study Trip Committee
Hi VSPA friends,

Would you like to have 9 days of freedom, without having to think about university for a bit?

There are still a few open spots for the Study trip that’s happening from the 30th of March until the 7th of April! This incredible trip will be going to Ireland! Besides exploring two cities and two countries, we are also going to visit multiple universities and nature reserves.

To be a part of this trip, you only have to pay an admission price of €436,80! This includes:

– Flights including 20kg checked luggage (and a carry-on) ✈️
– Accommodation including breakfast 🏘
– Transportation 🚌
– Visit to University College Dublin & National University Galway, including lectures & tours around their campus 👩‍🏫
– A complete daytrip to Northern Ireland, where we will visit the University of Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway (Unesco World Heritage) and the Carrick-a-Rede Bridge 🌉
– Glasnevin Cemetery, a guided tour through a cemetery where a lot of historical figures are buried 🦹‍♂️
– Admission to the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the national cathedral of Ireland ⛪️
– Galway Cathedral 🕌
– Kilmainham Gaol Prison: a guided tour through an old prison for political prisoners 🕋
– A complete daytrip to the Cliffs of Moher 🌿
– A complete daytrip to Connemara National Park 🙌

Would you like to come with us to experience all of this? Make sure you register now by clicking on the link below!!

First year’s: There are no large consequences for missing school! You’ll be missing the lectures (ask your buddies for notes 😉) and the two tutorials during that week, but that’s without any consequences. You can find more info about that a few messages below, but can also send an email to us if you’re not sure!

If you still have any questions or doubts, don’t hesitate to write us an email at, or come by the VSPA-room. We’d love to help .

We are looking forward to it! 😍

The Study Trip Committee