Between cultures

Adjusting to a new culture may be difficult. To help students to get used to the Dutch (student) culture and Wageningen, WUR provides workshops and seeks to connect its students with other (international) students.

Training facilitated by Student Training & Support and Sportcentre De Bongerd


Mindful towards transition

The workshop is especially designed by WUR for its international students. Adjusting to Dutch culture, student life and even the Dutch weather might be difficult when coming from a very different background. This workshop is aimed at creating the space and opportunity to share common feelings that students experience when they decide to study far away from their home countries, family and friends, having a different school/health care system, and the lack of a supportive network...

“Mindful Towards Transition” is the new version of the previous “Lost in Transition” workshop. In this new edition, more attention will be given to the mindfulness aspect that helps in coping with these difficult feelings. It will be a safe space to share experience, and to practice being more present, aware and kind to ourselves. 

Group size: max 10 students

Course duration: 4 sessions of 2 hours

Preferably these will be face to face sessions, due to current Corona measures the first session will be Online
Currerntly the course of february March is going on.
New dates yet to be scheduled. You can already register for the next course.


Water is important in the Netherlands. We have to deal with it a lot since we are a country that is below the sea level. Therefore learning how to swim properly is important! We as Dutch people know how to swim at young age. But maybe for you it isn’t as obvious to learn how to swim as it is for us.

Therefore we are now offering a swimming course for international students! This is an 8 week course which is free (sports rights are required). Here you will learn the very basics of swimming, e.g. floating and not being afraid. This course is a proper start for people who never swam before.

This was an initiative of SWU Thymos in cooperation with SCB.

For more information please contact SWU Thymos via

International Student Associations & Support

Study & Student Associations

Wageningen has a vibrant student life with lots of student and study associations that organise many interesting and fun activities for (international) students! Check their websites for more information.

International Student Organisation of Wageningen

ISOW is dedicated to provide a safe space for communities in Wageningen, especially international students and staffs, during their time in the city. They are to ensure effective integration of cultures for both local and international students, staff and residents of wageningen.

Erasmus Student Network Wageningen

ESN Wageningen is an international student organization and part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). They aim to make your stay as pleasant as possible and do this by organizing more than 100 social, cultural, integration, travel and sport events throughout the year.