The when, where’s and how’s of the Introduction Days in Holland
Jacqueline van Lier
It is the middle of August already, more or less two weeks before the start of the new academic year. In Holland almost every municipality, university or student association is involved in organising the Introduction Days.The Introduction Days are organised for new incoming students, in order for them to get to know the city, the university, other students, the student associations, possible (side) jobs and all the other possibilities Dutch student life offers. They are also known as introduction week, orientation days, orientation week, orientation programme, etc. Each city gives this exciting time of the year its own name. For example, the UIT (Utrecht Introduction Time) in Utrecht, the OWL (Orientation Week Leiden) in Leiden or the Eurekaweek in Rotterdam.Usually this introduction takes more or less a week, and the whole city is involved. It is a week full of activities and parties, but it is also very informative. For example, to figure out if you want to be a member of a fraternity, if you prefer a sports club or if one of the study associations suits you better. Students are placed together with a couple of other students to form a group (or family) during the whole week. Your mentors (often called introduction mom and dad) are older students who help you survive till the end of the week and make it until the big end party! Often, a lot of study programmes have their own introduction right after the general introduction days, where students can get to know their class mates and can get an impression of the coming years. Some cities even have special programmes for their international new arrivals.Every city has its own introduction, some are organised by the universities, some by associations, some by municipalities and some by all of those together. See below some of the biggest ones and some (fun) facts are listed below!Amsterdam: did you know Amsterdam has two different introductions for two different universities? The Introduction Week of the VU and the Introduction Days of the UVA. Delft: has no less than 5 introductions, even one especially for ladies.Eindhoven: has one organised by TU/e and one organised by Fontys.Enschede: with this year’s theme Colour it Up. Groningen: here it’s called the KEI-week, which means as much as a rock week ????Nijmegen: this city has so many, one of Radboud, one of HAN and even a Last Minute Intro.Utrecht: in Utrecht during the UIT you get to know the city together with no less than 4000 other freshmen.Leiden: just like Amsterdam, Leiden has two introductions. The OWL, especially for international students, and the EL CID, for all incoming students.Maastricht: the INKOM is already sold out, but no worries, you can still participate next year.Rotterdam: did you know that in most cities you can stay in one of the study association’s houses if you haven’t found a room yet? That’s also the case in Rotterdam, during the Eurekaweek.Wageningen: in Wageningen, every year around 95% of all new students participate in the AID.