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International Student Network Amsterdam

Each semester, the University of Amsterdam welcomes over a thousand international students to Amsterdam. International Student Network Amsterdam (ISN Amsterdam) is the student organisation that helps these students to make the most out of their exchange by organising cultural and social activities.

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Would you like to take part in the international student community? Join ISN Amsterdam in their activities and/or become a buddy, coach, join a committee or become a (board) member.


ISN Amsterdam organises several events each month, like daytrips to famous places in the Netherlands, a Dutch movie night, Dutch lessons and some interesting lectures and excursions in order to integrate and connect the international students. There is also a weekly 'borrel' in a bar and three times per semester a big party is organised for all the students to celebrate their exchange. ISN also puts attention to Dutch national holidays and typical traditions.

By joining these activities you can take part in the international student life of Amsterdam. Take a look at the ISN website or Facebook page to see which events are coming up.

Membership, buddy, coach and committees

There are different ways to become a part of ISN Amsterdam. You can be linked to an exchange student by becoming a buddy, you can coach a group of international students during the Introduction Week, join a committee or just become a member.


All UvA students are welcome to join ISN Amsterdam. For 5 euros you will receive a membership card of ISN Amsterdam which is valid for a year. From that moment you can join the activities and events and you will receive discount at different stores and places in Amsterdam.


Every year ISN pairs up the incoming international students with a Dutch buddy. This buddy can show students around in Amsterdam, give tips and tricks about living in Amsterdam and they can get to know each other’s culture. Would you like to get to know other cultures, learn another language or to meet international students and introduce them to Amsterdam? Then register on the ISN Amsterdam website.


At the beginning of each semester ISN Amsterdam organises an Introduction Week for all new international students who are starting their studies at the UvA. Together with another coach you will guide a group of 25 to 30 international students during the introduction days. Do you know Amsterdam well and would you like to participate in the introduction activities like boat tours, museum visits, CREA-workshops and several parties? Sign up to become an ISN Coach by sending an e-mail to with a motivation letter and some information about yourself.

Board and committees

Are you looking for a way to expand your professional network, invest in your personal development and are you interested in organising big events and activities? Join one of the ISN committees or become a board member. Send an email to with a motivation letter and some information about yourself.