International Student Network Amsterdam is a student-run non-profit organization dedicated to helping international students studying at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) and Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) make the most of their stay in the Netherlands. ISN is part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) which is an organization with 540 sections in 42 countries that makes sure you are going to have the time of your life studying abroad.
ISN aims to help foster student mobility by optimizing the social and cultural integration of international students in Amsterdam. We try to achieve this by organizing introduction days, parties, weekend trips, excursions and other cultural activities. We also promote contact with Dutch students through our buddy and coach system. ISN Amsterdam is in part funded by the UvA and AUAS. This collaboration with the universities enables us to offer low-priced activities to students. Members of the UvA and AUAS also provide the organization with supervision and support.
Every year about 2500 international students join ISN Amsterdam. Not only for the reasons mentioned above, but also because it’s the best way to meet fellow international students studying in Amsterdam. To become a member of ISN Amsterdam, the only thing you need to do is get your ESN card for just 10 euros. With this card, you will be able to join our activities at reduced costs and get various discounts across the city.
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What does ISN offer you?
SOCIAL & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
ISN offers a wide range of social and cultural activities to help connect students.
GREAT TOURS & TRIPS
Join our wide range of tours & city trips on a discounted price.
THE MOST MEMORABLE PARTIES
Join us for the best parties in Amsterdam.
FOR UVA- & AUAS-STUDENTS
Our activities, membership, board- and committee positions are available to all UvA- & AUAS-students.
WE MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME
Join our introduction week & our buddy program to make your first friends, and join our integration activities.
FOR ALL NATIONALITIES
ISN Amsterdam is interesting for all international & local students.
Mission and Goals
International Student Network Amsterdam (ISN) is a student-run organization founded in 1997, dedicated to helping international students who study at the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences to make the most out of their stay in the Netherlands. ISN also facilitates self-development for all students who wish to gain experience in running and supporting a student organization.
We help international students build up a social network; find their way in a new city, and stimulate the Dutch and other cultures’ experiences by organizing a wide range of social and cultural activities. ISN supports the integration of international students in a network of locals and internationals alike and firmly believes that this is an essential part of experiencing student life abroad. We aim to be a source of information on topics concerning living and studying in Amsterdam. Concerning ourselves with the continuous delivery of value to an ever growing network of students.
Our Vision is to enable an integrated, diverse, and international student community in Amsterdam created by students for students, facilitating mobility and exchanging culture, knowledge, and experience.
Meet the Board
21, Business Administration
Hi, I’m Robin Lohrum, a third year Business Administration student. While originally from Germany, I also lived in China and Poland. Traveling a lot has allowed me to gain an affinity for foreign cultures. In my personal life I like to be physically active by playing rugby and going to the gym regularly. A failing cook to roommates’ dismay. However, this does not rule out my love for food, as I am always exploring new places to eat whether locally or abroad. I look forward to sharing my experience of Amsterdam with all incoming students and showing you the hidden beauties of the city. Always open to have a chat if you spot me around.
21, Media and Culture
Hey, I’m Daniel. I’m an international student from Finland who came to Amsterdam to study media. If I were to describe myself I would describe myself as a person who might be too calm for their own good. During my calm moments, I like doing creative activities like drawing, editing videos, and being too lazy to leave my room. Besides being a gremlin I like being dragged out to social events by my ‘friends’ and getting to know new people. So if you ever catch me not hiding in my room, don’t be afraid to say hello.
23, International Business and Languages
Hi! My name is Nathalie and originally from Germany. I have also lived in California for two years and did my exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m happy to call Amsterdam my home since three years and you’ll most likely find me in one of the terraces, parks, cafes or at the gym. I just recently got a SUP, so catch me on the water if you can! I’m also adventurous so if I’m not in Amsterdam, I’ll probably be traveling. Fun facts about me: I only have one meniscus and I come from a small village called Titz.
19, Communication Science
Hi, I’m Dia. Born and raised in Romania, currently a second year Communication Science student at the University of Amsterdam and happy to be a member of the ISN Board 2020/2021 as the Activities Coordinator. When I’m not busy organizing ISN events, you can find me at the gym or enjoying a glass of good wine with an even better view. Exchanging good energy and aligning what makes me happy with what helps the world around me are two of the things that I value the most. Catch me smiling and laughing all the time and do not hesitate to ask for help or advice any time!
Wietske de Bruijn
26, Corporate Finance
Hi! I am Wietske, the treasurer and partnerships coordinator of ISN Amsterdam. I joined ISN after I went on exchange to Hoboken NJ, as I wanted to stay in the international vibe and help other students to get the best out of their time in Amsterdam. In my free time, I like to go out for dinner, travel and get to know new people. I hope you will all enjoy your time in Amsterdam and make this your second home. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about living in Amsterdam, ISN or anything else!
24, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
Hi there, my name is Romy and I am the integration coordinator for ISN. I’m here to make sure you guys have an awesome time in Amsterdam! I have always worked on the beach, so I spend a lot of time by the seaside. I enjoy catching a wave or going for a swim. I’m a sporty girl who loves the sun. Or you can spot me in one of Amsterdam’s many cafe’s sipping a little bit of wine. Come say hello if you see me at the activities, I’m looking forward to meeting you all!
23, Accountancy and Control
Hi, I’m Bora Fidan! You’re probably reading this to figure out who I am, so here you go!: I’m 23 years old, Dutch with Turkish parents (that’s why I don’t look so dutch), and currently a student at the University of Amsterdam. But don’t worry my life isn’t just school, I also have many hobbies such as: videogames, photography, musical instruments (Saz), and if talking and meeting people is a hobby, I definitely count that one too! If you happen to see me around, don’t hesitate to say hi!
Former position: Treasurer, Board 2019-2020
Former position: PR Coordinator & VP, Board 2019-2020
Former position: Introduction Coordinator, Board 2019-2020
I am Jonli and I was the Introduction & Social Coordinator a while back. I specialize in brand management, project management and concept creation. A well-organized person with an eye for detail and love being involved with the organization!
Former position: President, Board 2018-2019
Former position: Secretary, Board 2018-2019
Former position: President, Board 2019-2020
Former position: Board 2017-2018
dr. Radboud Winkels
Position: Dean PPLE College and Associate Professor Computer Science & Law
Guido de Wilde
Position: International relations manager – Faculty of business and economics, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences