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 and a group of other new students, with a buddy (a current student at UM) during your first weeks in the city.
Your buddy will be there to guide you through the process, help you settle in and make the switch to university in the Netherlands 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 Program 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 programs 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 first ISAP block will start after the INKOM (in the week of 23 August) and takes about 6 weeks. The registration cost to be able take part in this first block of the programme is €25,-. All the activities organized by ISAP will have no extra costs.
Reregistration for a new ISAP block (another 6 weeks) is made available to all international students once the first block has finished.
You can subscribe until 8 August 2021
For further insight into the ISAP programme, watch the video below:
ISAP Buddy Programme - Become an Ambassador
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 your job as an Ambassador, you will receive professional coaching in different areas such as communication, intercultural awareness and student psychology. At the end of the program, all Ambassadors will be awarded an official certificate signed by the Executive Board of Maastricht University.
The whole ISAP programme starts at the end of August and will be until the end of March. In this period you will have subsequently 3 groups of newbies divided in 3 blocks. The first group will start at the end of August and will be in the programme until the end of September. The second group will start mid October and ends in December, and the third group will start in February, until the end of March.
What do International Student Ambassadors (buddies) do?
- Communicate with international students before arrival in the Netherlands
- Help international students settle in Maastricht
- Help them find their way in and around the university
- Introduce international students to the Dutch culture and traditions
- Organize social gatherings and cultural activities for your newbies
- Answer any questions they may have about studying and living in Maastricht
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 students
To keep in touch with your groups of students (end of August – half March) and initiate meetings/events with them
To join the ISAP welcome activities each block, together with your students
To join the program intercultural awareness and student psychology trainings
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
- Have the opportunity to attended fun and exciting events for free
How to apply
You can apply by filling out the application form. The application closes 8 August 2021.