Introduction & buddy programmes

HU organizes introduction days for new international students in September and February. The introduction will help you find your way around the university and make sure you are ready to start with your studies. Also HU can help you to connect with a buddy student.

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If you are an international exchange student, the International Office of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht will organize an introduction day just before the start of your study programme in September or February. You will receive an invitation and additional information from the International Office a few weeks beforehand.

If you are an international regular degree student, you will participate in the introduction period of your faculty just before the start of your study programme in September. The International Office will also participate in this introduction period and inform you about all practical matters concerning your stay in the Netherlands.

Additionally, Utrecht University and HU organise every year four days of activities for their newly enrolled students. About 3,500 students participate in this general introduction of the city. Check the website of Utrechtse Introductietijd for more information and registration. However, please keep in mind that this introduction week is mainly focused on Dutch students and that the official language of the introduction week will be Dutch.

Buddy programmes

While you are studying in Utrecht, there are lots of opportunities for you to meet fellow Dutch and international students and to get to know Dutch student life & culture. Utrecht is a lively student city, with plenty of student unions and associations - ranging from debate societies to student choirs and from sports clubs to cultural associations.

HU works together with two student organisations, ESN-Utrecht and BuddyGoDutch, that organize many activities for international students and a mentor/buddy programme, in which international students are matched to Dutch students to get to know Dutch culture and the city in an informal and personal setting. 

For degree students HU organizes its own buddy system. In your first semester you have the opportunity to get teamed up with a senior student from your faculty. With your buddy you will meet regularly to get to know the city of Utrecht, find your way around the HU, discover the best places to hang out and learn more about the Dutch culture.

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