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

 

Hi! My name is Iris, I’m 21 years old and study law at the UvA. Last year I went on exchange to Sydney, which was one of the best periods in my life! I met so many people from all over the world, together we had so much fun and we saw the most beautiful places. When I came back in the Netherlands, I missed the exchange vibe, so I decided to become active for ISN Amsterdam. In that way I’m still involved in the international atmosphere and I can make sure you have an amazing time as well. With all our activities I hope you’ll learn about the Dutch culture, meet the locals and become a real Dutchie yourself!

 

Hi everybody! I’m Laura Molsbergen, a 22-year old girl from Leiden. Although I don’t live in Amsterdam (yet), I consider this city as my second home where I spend most of my days (i.e. studying and partying with friends). At the end of this academic year I hope to have my Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology. Last semester I went on exchange to Auckland, New Zealand. Back home I realized that I missed the typical English ‘Kiwi-slang’ New Zealand people are known for. Oh, and I have to admit – New Zealand TimTams are the best chocolate biscuits that are soon going to be delivered at my door. As a member of the Integration Committee, I hope to introduce you to some ‘Dutch slang’ - words like “gezellig” - and make you familiar with my favourite Dutch pancakes, including powdered sugar and syrup. I can’t wait to meet you all at the parties; be ready to integrate your local dance moves there. Cheers! 

 

Hi all! My name is Nevena and I am a 21-year-old second year Sociology student at UvA. I am originally from Belgrade, Serbia and moved here two years ago (cant believe it’s already been that long!). After taking a gap year to learn the language and immerse myself in the culture (read: drown in appeltaart), I went off to university to start a whole new chapter in my life. As an international student following a Dutch program, I soon realized there is a great need to create a bridge between international and Dutch students. That’s why I committed this year, with the rest of my committee, to do my best to bring those two worlds together. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at ISN events and I hope to make your Amsterdam experience an amazing one!

 

Hi there! My name is Nena Grob and I study Sociology at the UvA. After my exchange in Toronto, Canada last year I wanted to become more involved with international student life here in Amsterdam. That’s why I joined the Global Exchange Ambassador Programme last year and now ISN Amsterdam, both as a Dutch buddy and as a committee member! As a member of the Integration Committee I hope to contribute to bringing international students closer together with local students, and to help you all feel right at home at the UvA/HvA and in Amsterdam. I’ll be in charge of the Buddy Program and the Language Exchange Program. I’m very excited to see you at our events and at Coco’s! Welcome to Amsterdam, enjoy your time here!

 

Hi! My name is Simone. After previously completing the European Studies bachelor, I am now in my last year of the History bachelor. Last year, I was on an exchange to Manchester. My Erasmus experience was the best! I experienced how weird cultural habits can be and hope to help people understand each other. Returning to my hometown Amsterdam, I wanted to remain in the international vibes and join ISN.