Graduate School of Communication
Study association Mercurius
Mercurius is the study association for Communication Science and emerged from the Mercurius student fraction in 1988. Over the years, Mercurius has developed into a study association with around 800 members.
Mercurius provides facilities and organises activities especially for students. The Mercurius desk offers discounted study books for all compulsory subjects and many books for electives. The association committees also organize numerous activities, including symposia, a lunch for students and teaching staff, a study trip (destinations in the past have included Moscow, Shanghai and Dubai) and a career event. Company visits are organised several times a year, as well as parties and an introductory day and weekend for first-year students, and the monthly Communication Science drinks reception. In addition, Mercurius stands up for student rights.
Medium is the magazine of Mercurius, the study association for Communication Science. The magazine is especially for and written by Communication Science students and contains articles related to Communication Science.
Mercurius also has it's own blog on current topics in Communication Science, Medium Online. The articles on Medium Online are mainly written by students. In addition to articles from the editorial staff, there are frequent guest appearances.
Especially for international students SBS International organises events in English. SBS International is an initiative of several study associations and organisations within social and behavioural sciences. Students can meet Dutch and international students at social and study related events and can discuss issues that are related to the university or study programmes with fellow students.
Student platform Amsterdam United
Amsterdam United (AU) is a student platform within the University of Amsterdam with a focus on diversity. AU seeks to make diversity a central theme within the UvA through organising open activities like film screenings, lectures and debates on diversity setting up special projects, like a mentor project in which AU coaches students with various backgrounds during their study period.'Diversity' covers cultural, religious, political as well as sexual diversity. Amsterdam United aims at making students feel comfortable to shape and express their identity.