Before the start of a new semester, ESN Utrecht assists newly arriving international students by providing a Pre-Departure Mentor Programme. As an incoming student, you will be linked directly to an Utrecht-based mentor. They will answer questions you may have about life in the Netherlands, Dutch study culture, where to do sports or find the best café! Talking to a local is the easiest way to prepare for moving to a new city and learn more about what your daily life might entail.

Will you self-quarantine after arriving in Utrecht? Make sure to let your mentor know, so that they can support you throughout this period. Besides meeting up online, your mentor can assist you with practical tasks such as arranging groceries.

Sign up for the Pre-Departure Mentor Programme by filling in this form. You can expect to be connected to your mentor from the 1st of August onwards. 

Are you an experienced student living in Utrecht interested in becoming a Pre-Departure Mentor? Sign up here!

If you have any questions regarding the Pre-Departure Mentor Programme, please send an email to