Student and study organisations are a great part of the Dutch student life. Are you curious about how to find them and how to become a member? Watch to the newest episode on Brewing student cultures to find out everything you need to know about student organisations in the Netherlands.
Build a new network in The Netherlands
Moving into a new city or even a totally new country can feel lonely in the beginning. Therefore, you might wonder on how to find like-minded people. One good way to build a social network are student/study organisations.
How to find organisations?
You can mostly get an overview of study and student organisations on the website of your university and especially of your faculty. Jerom told us that the introduction week also helped him to get in contact with Dutch student organisations. Additionally, students who are in the city you are studying at can help you a lot.
student vs. study organisation
What is the difference between student organisations and study organisations? Study organisations are study or faculty related and so are their members. While student organisations are for students from all subjects and more related to common interests. Examples are sport, international and cultural organisations.
how to become a member?
Big student associations often have an application date in the beginning of the academic year. After that you sometimes have to attend a weekend or a week full of activities and often sleeping in a tent to become an official member.
It is easier to sign up for smaller student organisations or study organisations in the Netherlands. You can mostly find a sign up form on their website, pay a small fee and then you are ready to take part in various activities.
As an active member or board member you will go through an application process. You send your written application including the position you want to apply for and might get the chance for an interview in case they liked your application. If you want to know more about Jerom’s journey of becoming the chair of RAGweek Nijmegen listen to our episode.