Summer School

Social programme

Besides a challenging, academic programme, you will find the AUAS Summer School will offer you enough time to explore the city of Amsterdam. You can make your own arrangements, or join the AUAS Summer School's social programme to meet fellow students.

An informal welcome and closing event is included in the tuition fee. But we also offer an exciting social programme with many fun activities to discover Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Dutch culture. There will be plenty of time to explore the city, make friends and relax!

Still from the movie screening of The Ants & the Grasshopper on 7 July @FLOOR.

How to register for the social programme

As an AUAS Summer School student you have to sign up for the social activities in advance. You will have the ability to register for the social activities from 1 June up until 24 June 2022. You have received an email with registration link from on 1 June.

The social programme will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis and is only open to registered participants of the AUAS Summer School 2022.

  • Check the programme below and decide for yourself what you want to participate in. Also make sure that your chosen activities do not overlap with the programme of the course you will be following and keep in mind the study load of the course you chose.
  • Please note that some activities require payment. You will have to pay the due amount at once, the costs are visible in the registration portal.
  • For all activities the following applies: if you have registered, we expect you to come. It is not possible to cancel activities you have registered for due to reservations.
  • For some events, a minimum number of participants is required for the event to proceed. If you have paid for a programme that ultimately does not go ahead due to too few participants, your money will be refunded.


Date: Time: What to expect:
Monday 4 July Morning (exact time t.b.a.)

Registration AUAS Summer School (for all students, reservation not necessary).

From 5PM onwards Plenary opening AUAS Summer School
Wednesday 6 July 5.30PM - 6:30PM

Guided City walk: Amsterdam in the 17th century - A melting pot of cultures

In this city walk, we take a look at the society of Amsterdam in the 17th century. In this century, Amsterdam had become the economic heart of Europe. The city grew from around 60,000 people in 1600 to around 220,000 in 1700. The city was overrun by immigrants who came from all corners of Europe. Some of them were political refugees, people who had to leave their own country because of their religion. Others were economic refugees who came to the metropolis of Amsterdam in search of a better life. Thus Amsterdam became a melting pot of people, cultures and religions. The newcomers ensured spectacular economic growth, but as expected, there were also problems between the indigenous inhabitants and these newcomers. Nevertheless, diversity was the key to the success of the 17th century.

Thursday 7 July 5.30PM - 9.15PM

Dinner @café Fest, the living room of the Amstel Campus & documentary The Ants & The Grasshopper @Floor, Cultural Platform of the HvA

About the documentary The Ants & The Grasshopper:

Anita Chitaya is a fighter: she can get men to stand up for equality and knows how to grow food even on dead soil. But to fight hunger in her native Malawi and secure people's livelihoods, she faces her biggest challenge: convincing the USA that climate change is real. On her journey from Malawi to California to the White House, she experiences racial and gender inequality firsthand, meets climate skeptics and desperate farmers. Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Saturday 9 July 10.30AM - 12.30PM

Try to stay dry! A sporty water activity awaits on the Amstel river. You can choose between a canoeing and stand up paddling clinic (guided). (you must be able to swim)

18.00PM Experience a special evening in the most beautiful and famous zoo in the Netherlands during the ARTIS Summer Evening. During the golden evening hours, between the flowering beds of the edible garden, up-and-coming music talent will take the stage in the Muziektent: from Remme to FRIDAY and Inge Lamboo. During the Summer Nights, you will experience the lively ARTIS Park in a different light, where no two evenings are the same! Please check out the website of Artis for more information.
Sunday 10 July All day

Day excursion to the International horticultural Floriade Expo: Enjoy the scents and colours of flowers, plants, vegetables and fruits at the International Horticultural Exhibition Floriade in Almere. Discover solutions that make our cities more fun, more beautiful and more sustainable. Floriade only takes place once every 10 years. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday 13 July 6PM - 7PM

Time to exercise! Bring yoga pants or high impact activewear. You will get sweaty. And you will be rewarded for it! You can choose between boot camp or yoga. Location: Student Sport Center USC Science Park

Optional; dinner at the sports café ‘De Oerknal’

Thursday 14 July From 5.30PM onwards

As the Dutch use to say: Er is een tijd van komen, en een tijd van gaan. Join us for farewell drinks at the university's favourite cafe @ Crea

Friday 15 July 3.30PM - 4.30PM

Farewell ceremony and certificates, you've earned it (for all students, reservation not necessary).

On this picture: students portraying the sign 'I AMsterdam' in front of the Rijksmuseum (Summer School 2019)

Published by  AUAS Summer School 17 June 2022