ISAP Buddy Programme for Incoming International Students
What is ISAP?
ISAP stands for 'International Student Ambassador Programme', also known as the UM Buddy Programme. This initiative run by the Student Services Centre of Maastricht University attempts to help new students adapt to life in Maastricht by pairing you with a buddy (a current student at UM) during your first months in the city.
Your buddy will be there to guide you through the process, help you settle in and make the switch from school to university easier for you. In addition, the ISAP team will organize various social activities for you and your buddy to take part in, giving you the opportunity to meet other new international students and get to discover Maastricht in a fun way.
What do previous participants think about ISAP?
Here are some testimonials from past participants:
‘ISAP facilitates some of a student’s most important pursuits: forging friendships, social events, adventures and a support network. On top of that, participating in the Buddy Programme is one of the most effective and personalized ways to discover all the ins and outs of the city.’
- Nicolas (Psychology student at UM)
‘As one of the few inter-disciplinary programmes out there, ISAP has been a great opportunity for me to get to know people from all faculties and to get to know Maastricht better.’
- Thyra (International Business student at UM)
How can I apply?
The ISAP Buddy programme is part of the Welcome package for international students. If you are a new international bachelor's student, you can register for a Buddy for free by filling in the form below:
Sadly applications for September 2018 are already closed. However for students beginning their studies in February 2019, you will be able to register for a buddy soon!
ISAP Buddy Programme - Become an Ambassador
Only for students currently enrolled in a study program
Would you like to be a buddy for an incoming international bachelor's student?
International Student Ambassadors, or Buddies, will have the opportunity to be in contact with students from many different cultures: Student Ambassadors function as a primary contact person for any questions that incoming students may have. This carries a certain level of responsibility, but will also add tremendously to your own personal development. In preparation for their job as Ambassadors, buddies will receive professional coaching in different areas such as communication, intercultural awareness and student psychology. At the end of the programme, all Ambassadors will be awarded an official certificate signed by the Executive Board of Maastricht University.
Application deadline: 30 June 2018
What do International Student Ambassadors (buddies) do?
UM Buddy- International Student Ambassadors:
Communicate with international bachelor's students before arrival in the Netherlands
Help international bachelor's students settle in Maastricht
Help them find their way in and around the university
Introduce international bachelor students to local costumes and Dutch culture and tradition
Organise social gatherings and cultural activities for your newbies
Answer any questions they may have about studying and living in Maastricht
Why join ISAP?
As an International Student Ambassador, you will:
Spend time and exchange experiences with people from different cultures and backgrounds
Develop cross-cultural skills which will add to your personal development
Receive professional coaching in different areas such as communication, inter-cultural awareness and student psychology
What do we expect of you?
To know the city and the University well enough to give necessary information and share your experiences with your newbies
To keep in touch with the newbies throughout the first semester and initiate meetings/ events with them (for example have dinner or coffee together with your newbies)
To join the Pick-up service programme as a volunteer
To join the ISAP welcome activities together with your newbies.
To join the programme’s intercultural awareness and student psychology trainings
How to become an International Student Ambassador?
Application procedure 2018
Please apply via this link. The application deadline is 10 August 2018.