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


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