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What is via? (For new students)

Thies Nieborg
Thies Nieborg
Published at: 03-07-2023
Last modified at: 05-07-2023

via, short for 'Vereniging Informatiewetenschappen Amsterdam' is the study association for all students of the Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Information Sciences disciplines at the University of Amsterdam. Our goal is to make your time at the University as pleasant as possible by providing activities and facilities to support every asset of your study years, whether it be social, academic or professional. We've got 22 committees, each one with a different purpose within the association.

To help you in your studies we sell study books at reduced prices and we provide tutoring, lectures and workshops. For those looking to invest in their (future) career, we've got a vacancy board, in-house days at companies and many other career-related activities.

The most important aspect of via is the social one, though. Thursdays from 17:00 on, our weekly borrel takes place in the Brainwave on the Science Park campus. Borrel loosely translates to drinks, but there is no exact English translation. Get to know your fellow members over a beer (or something else) and forget about your studies for a bit.

Of course, the drinks are only a small part of the social events via organizes. Besides that, we organise many smaller activities, such as laser tag, theme park trips, LAN parties and board games. A few times a year we go all out: we organise study trips, huge barbecues, weekend trips, conferences and parties.

Our association room, dubbed de Kelder (the Basement) is located at room L0.04 in LAB42, and is open Monday through Friday from 08:45 till 19:00. Come grab a (free) cup of coffee right before your first lecture of the day! You'll find people working, studying, playing games or having drinks there at all times. Feel free to walk in if you have any questions on your studies or if you're looking for a place to relax and take a break. We've got coffee, tea, drinks and snacks and with tons of board- and video games you'll never be bored!

Become a member!

If you're a member of any Information Science related programme at the UvA, but you're not a member of via yet, you're missing out! Become a member by dropping by at our association room and one of the board members will help you out. A membership for Bachelor students costs €20,- and lasts for the entire duration of your study. For Master students, a membership is free. Click here to take the first step to your membership.

Please feel welcome at any time, we hope to see you soon in de Kelder!