Students connect programme

Connect Forward programme

JOIN NOW AND KICKSTART YOUR CAREER! Connect Forward is the career development programme by Saxion and University of Twente.

Interested in becoming a Connect Forward trainee?

Apply now!

Since companies and organizations with international ambitions are most interested in hiring high skilled workers with knowledge of, and experience in, specific cultures, languages and countries, Saxion and Twente University cooperate in guiding international students to find their way on the Dutch labour market.


The program offers you a traineeship for a maximum of two years. You’ll get a chance to work at different businesses within our broad network and it will offer you an additional inspiring development program that provides masterclasses on i.e. personal development, self-management and entrepreneurship. On top of that, you’ll get a personal advisor who helps you in your journey of realising your personal and professional ambitions. An outstanding chance to kickstart your career!

The Connect Forward masterclasses, which will start in September*, are about intercultural communication, personal leadership, personal branding, project management, change management, innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing. In addition, a Dutch language course can be part of the program. All masterclasses will be held at Saxion in Enschede.

Due to (the effect of) Covid-19 restrictions the program might start later than September 2020. We will keep you updated and inform you a.s.a.p. if this effects the program.

  • Bachelor degree or Master degree
  • An orientation year permit for non-EU residents
  • Willingness to broadly orientate at different companies and organisations in the eastern part of the Netherlands
  • Dutch language skills are an advantage and you are willing to learn and improve your Dutch to a sufficient higher level.  

This traineeship is for a select group of international ambitious and talented graduates. You can apply with every bachelor or masters degree, regardless the study. So are you communicative, enterprising and driven to develop yourself, both personally and professionally: Apply, get selected and commit to the program!


For further inquiries, you’re very welcome to
call: 088 - 019 1674
Or contact our advisors below.