FAQ Welcome Week
Do you have a question about the Welcome Week? Check out the FAQ below!
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The UU Welcome Week is the ideal way to start your stay in Utrecht! This week is aimed at international students that are just arriving in Utrecht. You can get information about practical matters, meet your fellow students and get to know more about student life in Utrecht. Since there are many different activities, there is something for everyone!
No, the event is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. The main advantage is that you get a chance to ask any questions regarding practical matters. As you may have noticed, it can be quite overwhelming to move the a new country, and during the Welcome Week you can get all the help you need. It is also a great way to make some first friends!
We do recommend that you arrive in Utrecht before the UU Welcome Week begins. However, if this is not possible, you can also join the programme later. In that case, please contact your mentor (beginning of August), so they know when to expect you and you can discuss where to meet.
It will be very helpful and convenient if you have a bike for the city tour and the whole of the UU Welcome Week. It is not strictly necessary, but it will definitely make your life easier! In case you have not managed to find a bike before the Welcome Week begins, you can always rent through various bike rental apps in Utrecht (e.g.: Swapfiets, OVbikes, Donkey).
A mentor group is a group of about 20 other students that have also just arrived in Utrecht with 2 mentors. They are the first people you will get to know when you arrive, and they might even become your first friends!
Your mentor will be the first contact person for you! They can help you with any questions you may have, and they will also guide your group during the city tour on the first day. We use student volunteers as mentors, because fellow students know the most about living in Utrecht as a student. They have first hand experience, and would love to share their knowledge with you.
You will be assigned to your mentor group by [date], and you will be able to see that information through the app. Your mentor will be in touch with you through the group chat within this app, and via email.
The groups will be split up according to bachelor, master or exchange students. This means that all other students will be in the same stage of their studies. On all other characteristics (such as study programme and nationality) we aim to make mixed groups. We understand it might be nice to already meet some people from your programme, but we also know that you will meet those people anyway the next week, and will see them a lot. This is the best and only chance to meet some students that might do a different programme than you!