The Integration Committee is responsible for matching Dutch buddies and international students, for organizing buddy events and for Social Erasmus projects. Meet our members:

    Anne. Hi! My name is Anne Vonk and I am a 21-year old Psychology student at UvA. At the end of this year I hope to have my bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Brain & Cognition. Last semester I was on exchange myself in Paris, which was absolutely amazing. Back in Amsterdam I decided to beat the post-Erasmus blues by becoming a coach during the ISN summer introduction week. After that I was definitely not ready to let go of the international madness. As a committee member, I hope to help make your exchange an unforgettable experience and I can’t wait to party with you all!

     Ina. Hi there, my name is Ina Paredis, I’m in the last year of my bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. I’m actually Belgian, not Dutch, so I get what it’s like to come to Amsterdam, get lost every day for like a week in a row, spend moments wondering why the Dutch are so freakishly tall and deliberating wether or not I like the typical Dutch licorice… But in the end Amsterdam became my second home and now my go-to candy is in fact licorice. After having spend a year in Chile I decided to join the integration committee, hoping to help you make Amsterdam your new (even if temporary) home and make this an incredible experience! I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the activities and “borrels” (a word that will soon become part of you vocabulary). Welcome to Amsterdam!

   Iina. Hi all! My name is Iina and I come originally from Finland. I moved to Amsterdam five years ago (time flies!) and I absolutely love the city and its atmosphere. As being an international student myself, I know how hard it is to get in contact with the local students and that is what ISN and my committee, the integration committee, are working very hard on it. Within the integration committee, my area of responsibility is the Buddy Programme, which includes matching the Dutch and the International students as a “buddy groups” and organizing buddy activities where everyone within the buddy programme can mingle with each other. I hope to see you all in the buddy activities and of course Wednesdays at the Cocos! 

 

 Iiris. Hello everybody! My name is Iiris Kouhia – yes, that is written with double i. I’m a 22-year-old easy-going and open-minded girl from Finland. I study European Studies in the University of Amsterdam, currently on my second year. However, I have been living in Amsterdam for three years now. I first moved here to work as an au-pair and fell in love head-over-heels with this vibrant and cosy city. In integration Committee my are of responsibility is the Social Erasmus; organizing fun and engaging volunteering activities for students as a way to give back to the community. I hope to help you to make the most of your unforgettable exchange experience, and maybe you will find yourself falling in love with the city too! See you in future ISN activities, and of course every Wednesday at Coco’s Outback for some drinks and dancing! Hello everybody! My name is Iiris Kouhia – yes, that is written with double i. I’m a 22-year-old easy-going and open-minded girl from Finland. I study European Studies in the University of Amsterdam, currently on my second year. However, I have been living in Amsterdam for three years now. I first moved here to work as an au-pair and fell in love head-over-heels with this vibrant and cosy city. In integration Committee my are of responsibility is the Social Erasmus; organizing fun and engaging volunteering activities for students as a way to give back to the community. I hope to help you to make the most of your unforgettable exchange experience, and maybe you will find yourself falling in love with the city too! See you in future ISN activities, and of course every Wednesday at Coco’s Outback for some drinks and dancing! 

 

 Nina. Hi there! My name is Nina and I am in the final year of my bachelors in European Studies at the UvA. Last year, I went on exchange myself to Copenhagen and up until now I still miss the Erasmus-experience a lot. By being active in ISN, I can continue this amazing experience in my hometown Amsterdam. Having the experience of being an international student, I know it can sometimes be easy to stick to your international mates and hard to get in contact with the locals. Hopefully, the Integration Committee will make that a lot easier for you!