Introduction week

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ISN Summer Introduction Week

Welcome to all new students in Amsterdam, a lovely city with a rich history, culture, and traditions. Studying in Amsterdam will not only enrich your knowledge by broadening your horizon but also enable us to build lifelong friendships with students from all around the world. ISN will help you with this by bringing you together with our unforgettable activities, events and trips. We hope that this way you can get the most out of your stay!

What better way to discover Amsterdam than during an introduction week? From the 20th of August to 23rd of August ISN will organise the Summer Introduction Week. This week is designed to help newly arrived exchange students to meet each other and discover our beautiful city of Amsterdam & the universities. These four intensive days will lay the foundation for your entire stay here. It is a good opportunity to make friends while engaging in interesting activities.

During the week there will be numerous things to do including a city tour, a crash course Dutch, workshops, a sports day and parties! Participants will be divided in groups guided by coaches (students who already know Amsterdam). The week will be a great introduction to the Amsterdam student life.

For a glimpse of our previous introduction week, check our video. 

Do you have any questions regarding this event? Contact our Introduction Coordinators:

The introduction week will take place in:


Below we have created a program overview which gives you an idea how the week will look.

Tuesday 20th of August

12:00-13:15 Registration

Location: Delamar Theatre

Here you will be able to register yourself if you have not done so yet during the pick-up days. You will receive your wristband (entrance to all activities during the introduction week) and goodie bag containing some useful information and gadgets.

For the ones that did not register yet beforehand, there is the late registration. You might be able to get a spot. Be on time as the rule is First in First out 🙂

13:15-15:15 Meet your coaches

Get to know your coaches and group while grabbing some lunch in the area around the theatre.

*Included in fee*

15:30-17:00 Official Welcome

Location: DeLaMar

The Official Welcome is the opening of both the introduction week as your exchange. You will get the chance to see both the representatives of the UvA and HvA,  hear some stories of previous exchange students, useful tips for your stay in Amsterdam and many more.

17:00-18:30 Boat tour

This will be your transportation towards the next venue. Yet, as it is a boat tour you will get the chance to experience Amsterdam from the canals.

*Included in fee*

19:00-21:00 Dinner

Location: Undercurrent

You will be able to get dinner at one of the food trucks. There is more than enough choice!

*Included in fee*

21:00-1:00 Party

Location: Undercurrent

After quite a long day we all need to get a bit loose and show our dance moves!

*Entrance included in fee*

Wednesday 21st of August

10:30-12:00 Brunch

Location: @Kohnstammhuis and @De Brug

After the first day we will all be a bit hungry, therefore a good brunch is perfect.

*Included in fee*

12:00-15:00 Crash Course Dutch and Workshops

Location: CCD at UvA building M + Workshops at CREA

As you perhaps not know the Dutch Language yet, we made sure that you will be learning some of the basics. Be prepared, you might be able to say a couple of sentences after this course!

Besides the Crash Course Dutch we will offer as well some great workshops including dancing, painting, sculpting, writing, singing, etc.

*Included in fee*

15:00-17:30 Scavenger Hunt

Time for you to explore Amsterdam during our scavenger hunt!

21:00-01:00 International Student Night

Location:Coco’s Outback

Get a taste of how our International Student Nights at Coco’s are like! Get ready to dance and enjoy some nice drinks!

*Entrance included in fee*

Thursday 22nd of August

12:00-14:30 Zoo

Location: Artis

Explore the Amsterdam zoo with your new friends!

*Included in fee*

13-15:00 Social Events

Location: Park

Time to get to know your fellow students a little better!

*Included in fee*

21:00-1:00 Concert Night

Time to enjoy some life music!

*Entrance included in fee*

Friday 23rd of August

12:00-13:30 Brunch

Location: Sciencepark

Hangover or not, a great brunch is always a perfect way to start your day. Make sure to join us as you will need to get your final party ticket here as well!

*Included in fee*

12:30-17:00 Sports Day

Location: University Sport Centre

This last day we will all get a bit active. We have managed to provide you some great activities such as; bubble soccer, fencing, volleyball and more!

*Included in fee*

23:00-05:00 Final Party

Location: Melkweg

As this day will be our last day we must need to end the Introduction Week with a great party at one of the city’s leading entertainment venues, right in the centre of Amsterdam. Make sure to be here!

If you have some visitors coming over you are able to take them to this party. Make sure to be there on time as we only sell a limited amount of tickets at the door.

*Entrance included in fee*

Are you an Exchange student from UvA or AUAS?

Then you should be joining ISN’s Introduction Week! This as ISN’s Introduction week is for exchange students that will be studying at either the University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA) or the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Registration UvA students

The University of Amsterdam will send you an email in which the information regarding the registration of the Introduction Week is explained. Enrolment + payment go through SIS. One day after enrolling you will receive another email containing payment details.

Registration HvA students

The University of Applied Sciences will give all their exchange students the possibility to indicate whether or not they are interested in participating in ISN’s Introduction Week. Further than indicating that you would like to participate no actions need to be taken as the University pays the fee for their participating exchange students.

Become a Coach

A great way to get involved with internationals is by becoming an ISN Coach! Your main task will be guiding a group of international students through the ISN Introduction Week. However, you can imagine that you’ll become more than that. For most of the students you are their first Dutch friend, someone they can ask all kinds of question about the Netherlands, and especially Amsterdam. In short, a great way to meet new people and have an amazing week!

During the introduction week international students will be divided into groups of 15-20 persons. Each group has two coaches leading them, if coaches sign up together they will lead a group together. Coaches will guide the students through the program and make them familiar with Amsterdam. It is a fantastic way to get to know international students and meet some interesting people. An extra plus is that you can participate in the program for free.

What do we ask from you:
– Affection for international students
– Knowledge of the English language
– Knowledge of Amsterdam (i.e. do you know your way)
– Being available from August 20-23

Of course, you’ll get something in return!
– New international friends
– Experience in interacting with different cultures
– Free participation in an awesome introduction week (including dinner and all activities!)
– Great parties
– Permission to buy our ESN Card for great deals, and for a special coach-price (
€ 1,50 instead of € 10,-)

This is an opportunity you cannot miss! And did we already mention that you can ask a friend to become your co-coach?!  

Sign up
Are you interested in getting involved with international students? Would you like to go to all our activities for free? Are you available from the 20th of August to the 23rd? Make sure to sign up HERE as an Introduction Coach and start your semester with an unforgettable week. You can either sign up alone or with a friend.


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