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General presentation pre departure briefing final NESO

  1. 1. 13 juli 2010
  2. 2. Truly International 13 July 2010
  3. 3. 13 July 2010
  4. 4. Welcome to the Netherlands 13 juli 2010
  5. 5. <ul><li>This presentation covers four aspects: </li></ul><ul><li>1. practical information </li></ul><ul><li>2. mental preparation </li></ul><ul><li>3. life and study in Holland </li></ul><ul><li>4. other suggestions </li></ul>Pre-departure briefing 13 July 2010
  6. 6. 1. Practical information 13 juli 2010
  7. 7. Be prepared! <ul><li>A. Before departure </li></ul><ul><li>B. Arrival in Holland </li></ul><ul><li>C. Formalities & other things to do on arrival </li></ul>13 July 2010
  8. 8. A. Before departure <ul><li>Arrange your documents! </li></ul><ul><li>bring official documents in your hand luggage! </li></ul><ul><li>Collect your passport and visa from the Dutch embassy </li></ul><ul><li>Check validity of date of entry on your visa </li></ul><ul><li>Copy of your passport and plane ticket </li></ul><ul><li>Passport photos </li></ul><ul><li>Birth certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage certificate (if applicable) </li></ul><ul><li>Medical insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Copy of your degree certificate </li></ul><ul><li>TOEFL or IELTS certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship letter (if applicable) </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence you have enough money to live on </li></ul><ul><li>Admission letter + tuition fee receipts </li></ul><ul><li>Address of university, student house + telephone number of your contact person at the university </li></ul>13 July 2010
  9. 9. 13 July 2010 Visa validity dates Type of visa
  10. 10. Flight arrangements <ul><li>Arrange your ticket through </li></ul><ul><li>an international agency or airline, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>KLM </li></ul><ul><li>Approximate costs: </li></ul>13 July 2010
  11. 11. Luggage <ul><li>1 suitcase no more than 20 kg! </li></ul><ul><li>1 item of hand luggage, no more than 10 kg </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to bring: </li></ul><ul><li>small rice cooker (or buy in Netherlands) </li></ul><ul><li>dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t bring food like sambal, noodles, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>For on the plane, in your hand luggage </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable clothing and shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Book to read </li></ul><ul><li>Some cash (there are cash machines in the arrivals hall at Amsterdam airport) </li></ul><ul><li>Medical records, prescriptions for any medication </li></ul><ul><li>Important documents </li></ul>13 July 2010
  12. 12. Rules: suitcases <ul><li>The new rules cover liquids such as water and other beverages, gels, pastes, lotions and the contents of aerosol cans, but also toiletries such as toothpaste, shaving cream, hair gel, lip gloss, creams, and food items such as yoghurt and peanut butter. </li></ul>13 July 2010
  13. 13. Rules: hand luggage <ul><li>Liquids and gels in containers of no more than 100 millilitres </li></ul><ul><li>The containers must be carried in a sealed transparent plastic bag. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a limit of one transparent plastic bag per person. </li></ul><ul><li>The volume of the transparent plastic bag may not be greater than 1 litre . </li></ul><ul><li>The transparent plastic bag must be re-sealable. </li></ul>13 July 2010
  14. 14. B. Arrival in Holland <ul><li>Arrival at Schiphol airport </li></ul><ul><li>Passport control: show them your passport & visa, admission letter, return ticket and evidence of finance </li></ul><ul><li>Locate your luggage </li></ul><ul><li>Are you being picked up at the airport? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, head for the airport train station and buy a ticket for your final destination. </li></ul>13 July 2010
  15. 15. Arrival at Schiphol 13 July 2010
  16. 16. 13 July 2010
  17. 17. Formalities and other things to do after arrival in Holland: checklist <ul><li>Inform the Neso of your address and email address in the Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>Register at university / international office </li></ul><ul><li>Register at town hall / immigration service (within 3 days of your arrival) *(you may get separate instructions from your university too) </li></ul><ul><li>Register with IND for VTV (long stay with MVV) </li></ul><ul><li>… ..your university will help you! </li></ul><ul><li>Register with your own embassy! </li></ul>13 July 2010
  18. 18. Other essentials <ul><li>Open a bank account </li></ul><ul><li>(ABN-AMRO, Rabobank, Postbank) Don’t forget to bring passport & visa, residence permit, address in the Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange your housing </li></ul><ul><li>(university housing, student housing) </li></ul><ul><li>Buy a mobile phone </li></ul><ul><li>(T-Mobile, Vodafone, KPN, Orange) </li></ul><ul><li>Get a bicycle!! </li></ul>13 July 2010
  19. 19. Student housing 13 July 2010
  20. 20. Not feeling well? <ul><li>Health insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Valid from date of departure </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to extend the policy beyond the end date of your enrolment </li></ul><ul><li>Go to a GP or family doctor (‘huisarts’) </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Go to a pharmacy (‘apotheek’) for medicines </li></ul><ul><li>In case of an emergency: </li></ul><ul><li>Call 112 (police, fire, ambulance) </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital </li></ul>13 July 2010
  21. 21. Ready for takeoff??? Ready for life as an international student??? 13 July 2010
  22. 22. No!!! 13 July 2010
  23. 23. 2. Mental preparation 13 juli 2010
  24. 24. 2. Mental preparation before departure <ul><li>Realization of being away from home </li></ul><ul><li>Culture shock </li></ul><ul><li>Different education system </li></ul>13 July 2010
  25. 25. <ul><li>Realization of being away from home </li></ul><ul><li>Homesick </li></ul>13 July 2010
  26. 26. <ul><li>Lovesick </li></ul>13 July 2010 <ul><li>Missing food from home </li></ul>
  27. 27. Culture shock <ul><li>The Dutch! </li></ul><ul><li>Forthright way of communication (language, body language, environment) </li></ul><ul><li>Values (truth, time orientation, yes-no, independent, dress, friendship) </li></ul><ul><li>Calvinism (hard work, sober, no-nonsense) </li></ul><ul><li>Mindset “You can do it yourself” </li></ul><ul><li>Almost always on time </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy is important </li></ul><ul><li>Male/female equality </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is closed on Sunday </li></ul><ul><li>Ugly student housing, often no campus </li></ul>13 July 2010
  28. 28. Visiting people <ul><li>Visiting people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dutch do not like spontaneous or unannounced visits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coffee is always ready to be served! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gift for your host: flowers, cookies or chocolates </li></ul></ul>13 July 2010
  29. 29. 13 July 2010 Experience Knowledge Values Attitude Language Motivation Other Experience Knowledge Values Attitude Language Motivation Other R E C E I V E R S E N D E R Return message to sender Encode Transmit Media Information Encode Transmit Communication model
  30. 30. Phases of culture shock <ul><li>Tourist phase / honeymoon </li></ul>13 July 2010
  31. 31. Phases of culture shock <ul><li>I-hate-this-country-phase </li></ul>13 July 2010
  32. 32. Symptoms of culture shock <ul><li>Angry about minor inconveniences </li></ul><ul><li>Irritability </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrawal from people who are different from you </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme homesickness </li></ul><ul><li>Sudden intense feeling of loyalty to own culture or groups </li></ul><ul><li>Overeating or loss of appetite </li></ul><ul><li>Boredom </li></ul><ul><li>A need for excessive sleep </li></ul>13 July 2010
  33. 33. Symptoms of culture shock <ul><li>Headaches </li></ul><ul><li>Upset stomach </li></ul><ul><li>Small pains really hurt </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of ability to work or study effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Unexplained crying </li></ul><ul><li>Marital or relationship stress </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggerated cleanliness </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling sick much of the time </li></ul>13 July 2010
  34. 34. Phases of culture shock <ul><li>Adjustment and acceptance </li></ul>13 July 2010
  35. 35. How to overcome culture shock 13 July 2010 <ul><li>Hang out with people/friends </li></ul><ul><li>Join the sports club at your university or in town </li></ul><ul><li>Join a student club </li></ul>
  36. 36. Stay in touch with home <ul><li>By phone </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>13 July 2010
  37. 37. <ul><li>Different education system </li></ul><ul><li>What, no campus? </li></ul><ul><li>Timetable </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuality </li></ul><ul><li>Your class members </li></ul>13 July 2010
  38. 38. The international classroom in Holland <ul><li>Different types of lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Independent, problem-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Practical assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Group assignments and self-study </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience (internship) </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Grade system </li></ul><ul><li>Essays, exams </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Students are expected to be assertive, be able to work independently and develop a ‘critical’ opinion. </li></ul>13 July 2010
  39. 39. Ready for take-off ??? 13 July 2010
  40. 40. 13 July 2010
  41. 41. 13 July 2010
  42. 42. YES: ready to go !!! 13 July 2010 But perhaps you would like to learn some more about living and studying in Holland?
  43. 43. 3. Living and studying in Holland 13 juli 2010
  44. 44. Start living in Holland <ul><li>Holland in general </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul></ul><ul><li>B. Student life in Holland </li></ul>13 July 2010
  45. 45. <ul><li>Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>City centre </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping etiquette </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a shopping bag with you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paying in cash/by ‘chipknip’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bargaining is not customary </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact and greetings </li></ul><ul><li>In general: Monday to Friday 9:00 - 18:00 hrs, Saturday 9:00-17.00 hrs </li></ul><ul><li>“ Koopavond” - late night shopping: one evening each week shops close at 21:00 hrs (Thursday or Friday) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Koopzondag” – Sunday trading: shops sometimes open on Sundays. </li></ul><ul><li>No informal section </li></ul>13 July 2010
  46. 46. 13 July 2010 Shops in Holland
  47. 47. 2. Where to buy food? <ul><li>Ethnic shops such as Asian (Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai) Moroccan, Japanese, Indian etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy food at the supermarket </li></ul><ul><li>(Aldi, Albert Heijn, etc.) Some supermarkets open from 8:00 hrs till 22:00 hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Avondwinkel: shops that are open till late at night from 22.00-6.00 hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Market: 1 or 2 times a week </li></ul><ul><li>University canteens </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants (expensive) </li></ul>13 July 2010
  48. 48. Dutch eating <ul><li>Dutch way of eating: one hot meal a day (lunch or dinner) </li></ul><ul><li>Typical Dutch food </li></ul>13 July 2010
  49. 49. 3. Transportation <ul><li>Bicycle </li></ul><ul><li>Train </li></ul><ul><li>Tram/bus </li></ul><ul><li>Taxi – very expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Discount card </li></ul>13 July 2010
  50. 50. Bicycles <ul><li>Buy a second hand bicycle (€25 - €100) </li></ul><ul><li>Always lock your bike and switch your lights on at night. Preferably attach your bike to a bike stand, railing, lamppost, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe the traffic rules! </li></ul><ul><li>Ride carefully. </li></ul>13 July 2010
  51. 51. 4. Religion <ul><li>Churches </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Ramadan </li></ul><ul><li>Halal food available at ethnic market: Moroccan , Turkish, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Also served in some university canteens. </li></ul>13 July 2010
  52. 52. 5. The weather 13 July 2010
  53. 53. B. Student lifestyle <ul><li>Member of a club or association </li></ul><ul><li>Member of sports club </li></ul><ul><li>Hang out </li></ul><ul><li>Terrace culture </li></ul>13 July 2010
  54. 54. <ul><li>Life and study in Holland </li></ul><ul><li>€ 700 - €1000 a month (total expenses) </li></ul><ul><li>Two options: </li></ul><ul><li>10 hours a week, all year round. </li></ul><ul><li>Full-time during June, July and August only </li></ul><ul><li>If not working officially (zwart werk), you are not covered by insurance. </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t recommend working while studying! </li></ul>13 July 2010 Cost of living and part-time jobs
  55. 55. Some tips for students! <ul><li>Get together with other students to cook an international dinner </li></ul><ul><li>Make a roster for household chores, like cleaning and doing the dishes </li></ul><ul><li>Respect each other’s culture and customs </li></ul><ul><li>Try to get engaged in activities with other students at your university or in your city. </li></ul>13 July 2010
  56. 56. Public holidays in Holland 13 July 2010 Traditions in Holland 1 January New Year’s Day 21 March Good Friday 23-24 March Easter 30 April Queen’s Day 1 May Ascension 4 May Remembrance Day 5 May Liberation Day 11-12 May Whitsun 25-26 December Christmas 5 December Saint Nicholas September Prinsjesdag
  57. 57. <ul><li>Van Gogh Museum </li></ul><ul><li>House of Anne Frank </li></ul><ul><li>Rijksmuseum Amsterdam </li></ul><ul><li>Keukenhof </li></ul><ul><li>Delft (historic city centre) </li></ul><ul><li>Kröller-Müller Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Delfshaven </li></ul><ul><li>Madurodam (Holland in miniature) </li></ul><ul><li>Kinderdijk (famous windmills) </li></ul><ul><li>Archeon (technology museum) </li></ul>Top 10 tourist destinations 13 July 2010
  58. 58. Travelling through Europe <ul><li>Schengen possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Transport options </li></ul><ul><li>You could visit </li></ul><ul><li>London </li></ul><ul><li>Paris </li></ul><ul><li>Berlin </li></ul><ul><li>Rome </li></ul><ul><li>Barcelona </li></ul>13 July 2010
  59. 59. 4. Other things you might like to know 13 juli 2010
  60. 60. Websites and addresses <ul><li>Embassy website: </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Dutch foreign affairs </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>International Students </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Nuffic (Study In Holland, Neso, StudentBase) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>13 July 2010
  61. 61. What if… <ul><li>my parents want to visit me? </li></ul><ul><li>I can’t find the university/classroom/my house? I am lost! </li></ul><ul><li>I have difficulties with the study programme? (heavy workload) </li></ul><ul><li>I fall in love with Holland or with a Dutch girl or guy and I never want to leave Holland again? </li></ul><ul><li>I want to complain about my study programme (badly organized, exams, etc.)? </li></ul><ul><li>I can’t ride a bicycle yet? </li></ul><ul><li>Other questions? </li></ul>13 July 2010
  62. 62. Please do join the student association in Netherlands AND Please do join the alumni association when you finish your study programme! 13 July 2010
  63. 63. <ul><li>And don’t forget to have your degree certificate authenticated before going back home. </li></ul>13 July 2010
  64. 64. <ul><li>IB-Groep </li></ul><ul><li>Diploma Recognition & Legalization Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>IB-groep has been appointed by the Ministry of Education to keep track of who can issue what degrees, and who can sign them. </li></ul><ul><li>Address: </li></ul><ul><li>IB-Groep </li></ul><ul><li>Kempkensberg 4 </li></ul><ul><li>9722 TB  Groningen </li></ul><ul><li>The Netherlands </li></ul>13 July 2010 Legalizing your degree
  65. 65. <ul><li>You will need three stamps for legalization </li></ul><ul><li>One from IB-Groep </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legalize signature </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide official translation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One from the Embassy (or Consulate) of your country in the Netherlands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legalize signature and Dutch procedure </li></ul></ul>13 July 2010
  66. 66. Good luck and the best of success with your study programme in the Netherlands! 13 July 2010
  67. 67. 13 juli 2010