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Find a buddy

Get over those first tricky social hurdles by getting a buddy and heading to student network events.


Our capital city has a lot to offer, but it can be a lot to get to grips with on your own. A number of student networks run buddy programmes that support you with first contacts as well as social events to help you establish a group of friends.

ESN Amsterdam

The Erasmus Student Network Amsterdam (ESN) matches local students with exchange students, supporting over 1000 international students each year. They also organise an introduction programme for exchange students at the start of each semester. Exchange students will receive an email from their international office with registration information for the ESN Intro event.

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ESN Amsterdam

Resident Assistants & Caretakers

Most housing buildings offered through the AUAS have Resident Assistants (RAs) and/or caretakers. RAs are local students who live alongside international students. They are there to help to build a community through fun activities and events. They are your first point of contact in your building. You can also turn to caretakers in your building if you need help with something. 

AUAS Experience

International students starting in the Fall Semester are invited to attend the AUAS Experience. During the introduction period (which starts at the end of August) you will get to know your new classmates, teachers and our university of applied sciences. A special website provides information about the AUAS and the introduction week offered at AUAS. You will have access once you are admitted to the AUAS (the link below only works for AUAS students). Join the AUAS Experience and enjoy a great start to your exchange at AUAS!

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