2022 DRU Counselor Bootcamp

The second edition of the DRU Bootcamp for Counselors will take place from April 6-8, 2022. This event is for counselors who wish to learn more about studying in the Netherlands: application and admissions, the University Colleges, differences between Research Universities and Universities of Applied Science, practical matters, and more. A student panel will give insight into the student experience at the DRU institutions. And there will be time for some fun and informal networking during The Big Fat Dutch Quiz. Download a PDF version of the schedule by clicking on the image to the right, or scroll down to find descriptions and links for all sessions. Immediately go to sessions for: Wednesday Thursday Friday Check out the 2021 Bootcamp sessions.

Schedule One-on-One Talks

Looking for specific info on study programmes at the different DRU members? Have some student questions you’d like to get answered? Or just looking to catch up and connect with us?

You can arrange a 15-minute talk with each DRU member according to their agendas. Please click the links on the right to schedule a meeting.

2021 Bootcamp Sessions

At the 2021 Bootcamp, we also hosted thematic sessions on topics such as motivational letters, pathway programs to Dutch research universities, and zoomed in on different study fields such as Engineering, Medicine, Business, Social Sciences and Music & Arts. These sessions won’t be offered live this year but we’ll provide the recordings which are filled with useful information for you and your students. You can check them out here, or watch the full playlist. All the recordings will be available until the end of April.

Live Sessions

Wednesday

Wednesday April 6 - 10.30-11.30 CEST

Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences

Speakers:
Anca Costea - Tilburg University
Polina Zavyalova - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

As you know, the Netherlands has two types of Higher Education institutions: Universities of Applied Sciences and Research Universities. While in most cases the type of program a student is interested in will determine which of the two they will go to, there are quite a few disciplines offered by both institutions. Come and join this session to learn all about the differences between Universities of Applied Sciences and Research Universities and figure out which of your students is a good fit for one or the other.

Wednesday April 6 - 12.00-13.00 CEST

University Colleges in the Netherlands

Speakers:
Anne Kuijs - Leiden University College The Hague
Denise Nijhuis - University College Roosevelt
Kim Zwitserloot - University College Utrecht
University Colleges, the institutions in the Dutch Higher Education landscape offering a Liberal Arts and Sciences education are quite popular among students. Join this session to learn what makes the University College different from other Research University programs, find out what students are suitable for this type of program, and learn about the differences between the various University Colleges in the Netherlands.
Wednesday April 6 - 18.30-19.30 CEST

Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences

Speakers:
Anca Costea - Tilburg University
Polina Zavyalova - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

As you know, the Netherlands has two types of Higher Education institutions: Universities of Applied Sciences and Research Universities. While in most cases the type of program a student is interested in will determine which of the two they will go to, there are quite a few disciplines offered by both institutions. Come and join this session to learn all about the differences between Universities of Applied Sciences and Research Universities and figure out which of your students is a good fit for one or the other.

Wednesday April 6 - 20.00-21.00 CEST

University Colleges in the Netherlands

Speakers:
Anne Kuijs - Leiden University College The Hague
Denise Nijhuis - University College Roosevelt
Kim Zwitserloot - University College Utrecht
University Colleges, the institutions in the Dutch Higher Education landscape offering a Liberal Arts and Sciences education are quite popular among students. Join this session to learn what makes the University College different from other Research University programs, find out what students are suitable for this type of program, and learn about the differences between the various University Colleges in the Netherlands.
Thursday April 7 - 10.30-11.30 CEST

Advanced Admissions and Selectivity

Speakers:
Dennis Baas - Eindhoven University of Technology
Amy Janssen-Brennan - Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Denise Nijhuis - University College Roosevelt

Understanding the application and admission processes in The Netherlands is not a simple task at first. With different types of institutions, programs and forms of selectivity, it can be overwhelming going through the Dutch application process. With little standardization, navigating the numerous types of admissions processes, deadlines, terminology and expectations can be tricky. What is matching? What does Numerus Fixus mean? What different types of selective processes exist and how are selections made? Join this session to learn more!

Thursday April 7 - 12.00-13.00 CEST

Studielink

Speakers:
Dennis Baas - Eindhoven University of Technology
Carolyn Barr - Leiden University
Keith Layman - International School Dusseldorf
Studielink may feel like an expletive to many students and counselors around the world. In fact, it is a government registration platform and database that is fairly easy to use, if you understand it and know where to look for assistance when necessary. In this session we will walk you through the registration process, discuss common pitfalls with examples, and talk about the offer and acceptance of offer possibilities.
Thursday April 7 - 18.30-19.30 CEST

Advanced Admissions and Selectivity

Speakers:
Dennis Baas - Eindhoven University of Technology
Amy Janssen-Brennan - Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Denise Nijhuis - University College Roosevelt

Understanding the application and admission processes in The Netherlands is not a simple task at first. With different types of institutions, programs and forms of selectivity, it can be overwhelming going through the Dutch application process. With little standardization, navigating the numerous types of admissions processes, deadlines, terminology and expectations can be tricky. What is matching? What does Numerus Fixus mean? What different types of selective processes exist and how are selections made? Join this session to learn more!

Thursday April 7 - 20.00-21.00 CEST

Studielink

Speakers:
Dennis Baas - Eindhoven University of Technology
Carolyn Barr - Leiden University
Keith Layman - International School Dusseldorf
Studielink may feel like an expletive to many students and counselors around the world. In fact, it is a government registration platform and database that is fairly easy to use, if you understand it and know where to look for assistance when necessary. In this session we will walk you through the registration process, discuss common pitfalls with examples, and talk about the offer and acceptance of offer possibilities.
Friday April 8 - 10.30-11.30 CEST

Finding Your Way: Housing and Finance at Dutch Universities

Speakers:
Li-Anne Krol - Maastricht University
Johanna Goossens Noel - Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Once students decide on the institution they want to attend, there are various practical matters to attend to. This session will provide some more information on two of those: finding housing and financing one’s studies. Learn more about available housing options. How is it arranged differently than in other countries? What is hospiteren? What is and what is not a normal figure for rent? Find out what financial support is available both at institutional and government level.

Friday April 8 - 16.00-17.30 CEST

The Big Fat Dutch Quiz

Host:
Kim Zwitserloot - University College Utrecht

Want to show off your knowledge of the Dutch? Then be sure to participate in the Big Fat Dutch Quiz! We promise it will be educational as well as fun. Assemble your dream team or compete individually and achieve eternal glory!

Don’t forget to register for this event separately via this form.

Friday April 8 - 18.30-19.30 CEST

Student Life Panel

Speakers:
Anca Costea - Tilburg University
Carolyn Barr - Leiden University
Current students of DRU member universities

Who better to tell you what it is like to study in the Netherlands and at a particular institution than our current international students? Join a Q&A panel with students from the Dutch Research Universities Consortium members and ask away. Why did they come to the Netherlands? Why did they pick their institution? What did they wish they had known before coming? What was their biggest culture shock moment? Find out during this session!

Friday April 8 - 20.00-21.00 CEST

Finding Your Way: Housing and Finance at Dutch Universities

Speakers:
Li-Anne Krol - Maastricht University
Johanna Goossens Noel - Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Once students decide on the institution they want to attend, there are various practical matters to attend to. This session will provide some more information on two of those: finding housing and financing one’s studies. Learn more about available housing options. How is it arranged differently than in other countries? What is Hospiteren? What is and what is not a normal figure for rent? Find out what financial support is available both at institutional and government level.