As an international student, you come to the Netherlands for a unique experience and to gain knowledge in an unfamiliar environment. You are looking for new friends and a home away from home. You are looking for fun, for a healthy balance in your life, and most of all you want to feel connected to other students. We want to offer a safe setting where you feel welcome regardless your cultural or religious background and where you can drop all your questions. Important values for us are unconditional love, genuine interest, and a respectful attitude.
In all university cities you can find our HOST communities. We gather for meals, other social activities, cultural events, bible studies and so much more. In this way you can find new friends and enjoy a warm community. Also, we can arrange a host family if you are interested to experience Dutch culture.
These communities are supported by our staff. If you need coaching, counseling, or pastoral care, they are happy to think along with you. They have a lot of understanding of different cultures, and they are very willing to help you with topics you face coming to a new country, dealing with difficulties, basically any question you have about study, life & faith.
We hope we can help you to make your time in the Netherlands a wonderful experience!
HOST is part of IFES Netherlands, which is part of IFES World. Our vision is to see students built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel and impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of Christ. IFES World supports locally-led student movements in over 170 different countries.
Being part of IFES World, we share the same vision. Within the different IFES departments in the Netherlands we contribute to this in various ways. What we have in common is our curious attitude, we meet students and listen to their questions. We have conversations with them, think along and ask questions, to help them grow.