Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Find a buddy

Welcome to Amsterdam! As an international student, it might be challenging to make new friends. Where to start?

Our capital city has a lot to offer, including a rich culture of student networks, buddies and associations. Students from different study programs get together to have unforgettable events. A buddy or a student association is a great way to make new friends and develop yourself in a safe, corona-proof environment, especially now that most classes are being held online.

ESN Amsterdam

The Erasmus Student Network Amsterdam (ESN) matches local students with international students. Every year, ESN Amsterdam helps over 1000 international students. They also organise a introduction programme (partially online and offline) for exchange students on 24, 25 and 26 August 2021. Find out more here. Find out more here for introduction programmes for degree seeking students.


The Amsterdam Student Union (ASVA) offers a buddy program for the entire semester but also with a focus on self-quarantine. During the 10 day isolation, buddies can help you with groceries and getting settled in. They work together with relevant study associations who match students with students from their own study programmes.

AUAS Experience

The AUAS is so much more than just your programme. Several student associations and student platforms can help you to make friends. Discover what else you can do at the AUAS Experience!

Quarantine essentials

Published by  Student Affairs 27 July 2021