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JUNE 2022
The colleagues of the International Office are currently in one of their busiest periods, working their way through student questions, deadlines, files, immigration and housing requests. The amount of applications is back at pre-Covid levels, or even surpassing it.
As you have probably heard, the International Office is now positioned within the theme Student Information. With this new theme, we hope to provide better service to HU students by working more closely together and harmonizing our processes. In this new positioning, the International Office has welcomed me as their new team manager. I do this in a dual position, as I will also be the team manager for the Enrolment Office within this new theme. This means that Inge Sanders, who was acting team manager for the past year, will continue to work at the International Office. She will be coordinator of Exchange, as well as key-user of the Mobility Online platform.
My name is Eva van Alphen. Previously, I worked at the University of Amsterdam, faculty Economics and Business, where I started at the Admissions Office and then became team manager of the Education Desk. I am very excited about this new challenge, as Hogeschool Utrecht is a fantastic dynamic institution where internationalisation is very important. I am looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Eva van Alphen – team manager IO
IO year report 2021

We proudly present to you our Year report 2021. In it you will find, amongst other things, information about the number of team members and the different teams we have. You will also find information about the influence Covid has had on incoming and outgoing mobility, our scholarship programmes and housing. We will also inform you about the most popular study abroad destinations and from which countries most of our incoming exchange students come from. Is Spain still the most popular destination or has Denmark taken over the #1 spot? And, last but not least, we will give you more information about foreign degree students.

Have you become curious after reading the information above? Please go to Go International. You will not only find this Newsflash there but also our previous Newsflashes.

VSBfonds Scholarships awarded 2022

On May 20nd Executive Board member Wilma Scholte op Reimer offered her congratulations to three HU students who have been awarded a ” VSBfonds Beurs” for their Master at a foreign university.
The lucky students are:
  • Piet-Hein Droogh (Technische Bedrijfskunde). Piet-Hein plans to follow the Engineering Management master at Jönköping University in Sweden.
  • Wouter Gasse ( Communication and Multimedia Design) will attend the 2-year master in Media Practices at Volda University College in Norway.
  • Mandy Hanjoel (Social work). Mandy will attend the 2-year master Social Work as a human Rights profession at Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin.
Every year VSBfonds awards scholarships (varying from€ 7000 to €10.000) to Hu students who demonstrate social involvement in their application and who wish to pursue further education abroad. Please help us to promote “VSBfonds Beurs” among your students!
For more information check AskHU: VSBfonds Beurzen or contact us at:
Update Admissions/Immigration Unit

Recently, there have been some changes in the colleagues working at IO’s Immigration and Admission Unit. Eva van Alebeek got a new job at the RIVM, where she will be conducting research for the prenatal ‘NIPT’-test. This is in line with her interests and academic background, as she studies Biomedical Sciences in university. To replace Eva, we were lucky to find new colleagues before the start of a busy summer. We have two new colleagues who were already working at HU: Esther Top, who worked at the STIP front office for the last year and was therefore already familiar with all kinds of questions and queries from international students. Additionally, Andrej Palmen, who also started at HU’s STIP and is currently working at the Enrolment Office, will be helping us out and research how to work together with the Enrolment Office. Until October, Annika van Opstal will be working at the IO as a temporary colleague before she starts the master Education and Child Studies at Leiden University. We are very happy to have these extra sets of hands, which we will definitely need, as we have about 25% more applicants for our international bachelors.

Andrej Palmen

My name is Andrej Palmen. Most of you will now me from my time working at STIP.  I am now working for the enrolment office and from now on I will also be supporting the IO admissions team. I am also involved with a few  projects within the “Theme Student Information”, so there is a good chance that I will be meeting some of you in the future.

Again 5 awarded VIS projects for HU

In the February round, HU again got 5 Virtual International Collaboration projects awarded (VIS in short, S standing for ‘samenwerking’) by the Ministry of OCW. See for all results of the February round this overview.  In the attachment of this Newsflash you will find the VIS results from February 2022 (only in Dutch).  Every half year Dutch Higher Education Institutions can apply for funding for new or renewed Virtual collaboration projects. The funding involves an amount of €15.000,- per application and opportunities for training and advice on this topic. The next application round is in September, for more details see the website of the Ministry.
Call: help a student and become a host

Due to the major housing shortage in Utrecht, HU has started a collaboration with Hospi Housing. Hospi Housing revives the concept of homestay by connecting (international) students to local hosts and guest families. In Utrecht alone they thus already helped over 100 students.
In Utrecht, temporarily renting out a room in your home is allowed without a permit. Hospi Housing offers personal advice and helps to find the perfect match. Being a host is enriching, fun and provides a nice extra income. For hosts and guest families the service is free, students pay a one-time fee.
Each year hunderds of students in Utrecht struggle to find a room. And that’s why we need you. Are you interested or do you know someone with a spare room? Check out or send an email to Thanks!

Podium, the cultural platform of the HU, is expanding their team and ambitions! From 2023 we will organise 20 English spoken programmes, in addition to our Dutch events. Jasper Leijten is the new programme coordinator for all English spoken activities. The wellbeing of and the interaction between international students and Dutch students is of high importance to Podium, therefore we will develop programmes where students can meet, interact, and discuss societal problems or current hot topics. For now, Podium is looking for four student assistants to expand the team.

Sharing this job offer is highly appreciated, so please forward it to anyone who you think might be a good fit. As soon as the first programmes are being developed, we will share them with you on the
onze Website, LinkedIn of Instagram  All vacancies are found via this link (UITGELICHT – Podium (
Did you know:
  • Very soon the Enrolment Office, STIP and International Office will all be stationed at Padualaan 101 (corridor HU-square)
  • The HU magazine ‘De Omslag’ is about internationalisation this time (and in English), with several student perspectives and some other internationalisation related topics. Hereby the link:
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