About us & membership

About us
Mercurius is the study association for bachelor, minor, pre-master and master Communication Science students at the University of Amsterdam. Mercurius represents the interests of students and organizes a broad range of activities for our members, for example social activities like drinks and parties, but also company visits, workshops, symposia, career events and an annual study trip. Yearly, about 400 to 500 first-year students sign up for the Communication Science program. Mercurius consists of +/- 600 members. These are bachelor students, master students and alumni.

Mercurius had its own magazine ‘Medium Magazine’ between 1987 until 2017, which was focussed on topics related to Communication Science. In 2017, the last edition of Medium Magazine was published, after which Medium switched to Medium Online. Medium Online is an online blog with articles that relate to the field of Communication Science. Weekly, new articles are published. In addition, since 2016 Medium is also active on Youtube at the channel of MediumTV. The team of MediumTV regularly produces videos about topics related to communication, marketing, opinion and more. There is also a Podcast that covers a wide range of subjects.

Become a member
Being a member of Mercurius has many advantages. First of all, you get a substantial discount on textbooks! You can find more information about the book sale on this page. In addition, our member may take part in all our activities. We keep our members informed of all study related issues, like summaries, internships and jobs. Also, you get various discounts for events, parties and drinks in return. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can click here to sign up.

Back to the roots
The program of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam exists since 1984. Short after the establishment of the study, Mercurius was founded as a student group. This group was primarily concerned with education policy, but also started organizing events later on.

On the 8th of September 1988, Mercurius was officially registered as a study association by a notary. Study association Mercurius was officially founded. Subsequently, Medium Magazine, which was founded in 1987, also joined the association in 1988. In the 1990s both the education and the association grew in size. Mercurius started organizing more and more social activities. The amount of committees and activities increased. In the meantime, Mercurius has become an association with about 600 members, of which 80 members are active in the board or one of the nine committees.

Communication Science
Mercurius is bound to the bachelor, minor, pre-master and master programs of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. This study explores communication in all its forms and different contexts. There are four central domains within Communication Science: persuasive communication, political communication and journalism, corporate communication, entertainment communication. In these courses you will also learn theories about other disciplines, such as political science, (social) psychology, economics and sociology.

Read our statutes here.

Mercurius is part of an association called The Fv-FMG. The Fv-FMG is the faculty association of the faculty of behavioural sciences at the University of Amsterdam. The board of this association consists of the chairs of eight study associations within the faculty. The Fv-FMG organises two events annually, a congress and a party. These events are organised by two committees consisting of board members of the individual associations. Additionally, the Fv-FMG has regular meetings with the faculty staff to protect the interests of the students they represent.