What is the ISN Buddy Programme?

The ISN Buddy Programme is open to all prospective international students in Leiden and The Hague. Through the Buddy Programme, new students can meet Dutch students and other long-term international students, and learn more about Dutch culture and student life in the Netherlands. The Buddy Programme aims to facilitate your move to the Netherlands so that you have an even more fun and rewarding stay. If you have any questions feel free to send an e-mail to .


I want a Buddy!

A buddy helps international students settle in during the first couple of weeks and stay well-informed throughout the semester. Your buddy will be your guide through the popular sights and lesser known attractions in the city. If your buddy has the time he/she will try to meet you when you arrive and give you a hand settling in. Your buddy is also a local contact person you can rely on to help guide you and explain the workings of your new host country. The Buddy Programme is a social programme, so besides personal help during your first weeks, you will also have fun in your mentor group. If you are a prospective international student and you want to have a personal buddy, fill out our form!

Sign up for the Buddy Programme


I want to be a Buddy!

If you’d like to experience international life in Leiden or The Hague, practice your cultural skills and languages and meet cool people from all over the world, become an ISN Buddy! By applying to be a buddy you will be given a group of 10-15 new international students who could all use your help and guidance as they make the transition to living in the Netherlands. Everyone has questions at this stage, and if you can help, then sign up and become part of the network!

Sign up as a Buddy