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International student associations

Last modified on 17-05-2022
There are various student associations catering to international students.
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AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe) is represented in Europe in over 220 university towns and cities and has a network of over 17.000 members. For her roughly 550 members AEGEE Amsterdam organises events at both a local and a European level. They organise weekly socials, parties, a gala and barbecues. Further information can be found on the AEGEE websiteExternal link.


AIESEC (Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales) is the largest student-administered organisation worldwide. The association is active in 127 countries and seeks to make the world a better place by developing leadership qualities in students. AIESEC achieves this by facilitating exchanges geared around internships and volunteering. Further information can be found on the AIESEC website.External link

ASVA Student Union

The ASVA student union is available for all your questions regarding the university, living in Amsterdam and studying itself. They’re always happy for a chat : how do students really feel about higher education and what can be improved upon? The association calls attention to the provision of good education, through for instance engaging in debates with politicians and the media. ASVA sells cheap bicycles every Tuesday (completely legally) and they administer a student housing office. Additionally, they provide free legal support, for instance if you run into trouble with your landlord or student finance. Further information can be found on the ASVA website.External link

ESN (Erasmus Student Netword Amsterdam)

ESN is a non-profit organisation administered by students that seeks to make sure that international students studying at the UvA or AUAS manage to make the most of their stay in the Netherlands. Further information can be found on the ESN website.External link

ISMA (International Students Meetingpoint Amsterdam)

ISMA is organised by Dutch Christians in Amsterdam and is aimed at international students and academics/researchers who have come to the Netherlands for their studies. Their goal is to make international students feel at home in Amsterdam and Amstelveen, to give them the chance to make new friends and to offer them the possibility to learn about Christianity. Further information can be found on the ISMA website.External link