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Your First 100 Days of Onboarding

Stepping foot into a new country, culture and educational system can be both exhilarating and daunting. We are here to help you with the programme "Your First 100 Days of Onboarding"! During this free programme, you will be prepared for studying at Saxion. You will be matched with a student coach who will guide you along the way. Let’s go!

Your First 100 Days of Onboarding

Join this programme and get matched with a student based on similar interests and study programme, and they will coach you during your first 100 days. After registration, you will fill in a questionnaire and based on these answers, you will receive a personalised plan for your first 100 days. This plan will include skills you can improve together with your coach. You will work on these skills through an online platform with information and assignments.

The programme "Your First 100 Days of Onboarding" is free and entirely adjusted to you. It's a great way to start your new adventure abroad!

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Starting a new study in a foreign country, with other cultures, educational system and lifestyle can be rough. This programme will be personalised to your circumstances and can help you battle these hurdles. The programme is for free; especially for you and improving has never hurt anybody!

  1. Sign up as soon as you feel ready. You can start from April on, but you can choose when you like to start!
  2. You will receive a questionnaire and you have to fill this in.
  3. We will review your answers and write advise based on your results, wishes and needs.
  4. You will be matched with a student coach who will guide you during Your First 100 Days of Onboarding. This will be adjusted to your preferences.
  5. You will finish Your First 100 Days of Onboarding and review the progress you made with your coach!

  • Getting to know Saxion
  • Practical matters such as housing, visa, insurance etc
  • English language skills
  • Study skills: time management, summarising, reporting guidelines, setting goals etc
  • Mathematics
  • Communication and presenting skills
  • Reflecting
  • Student well-being
  • Dutch culture and language

Meet the student coaches 👯

Student in Creative Media and Game Technologies

I am Daniela, I am a 3rd year student in Creative Media and Game Technologies, from Romania, aged 22.

A little story, I remember right the night when I got here, after my parents left me alone in my very small room, after cleaning the room a bit and trying to unpack my stuff, I just took a sit on my bed, looked at the window and asked “now what?”. I was overwhelmed by my feelings and really confused as it was the biggest step of my life so far. I didn’t have the support and also no friends at the beginning. 

That’s why I became a student buddy, it warms my heart to know I am helping someone and giving them what I didn’t have. 

A lil about me? I am addicted to anything that gives me adrenaline. Snowboarding, skateboarding, mountain biking, you name it. 

As a student buddy I want to make the students feel like I am the cool older sister, that can help you with anything and always makes things fun, there is nothing that can’t be solved! 

Student in Software Engineering

Yoo, I am Badr, 21. I come from Morocco. I am a second year Software Engineering student at Saxion. I became a student buddy to help the new students during their first steps at Saxion because I also struggled in the beginning but I found some good people who helped me out. Besides my study, I do kickboxing 🥊 and football, but I always like to try new things. I am always open to questions, you need help? Just ask me :) I will do my best.

Student in International Finance and Accounting

Meet Tawananyasha Tsenesa, but you can call me Tawana. A vibrant 22-year-old Zimbabwean currently navigating the exhilarating world of International Finance and Accounting in my third year of study. Hailing from the beautiful land of Zimbabwe, I've embarked on an adventure to broaden my horizons in a foreign country.

I thrive on being a beacon of support for fellow students finding their footing in this new environment. As a student buddy, I relish the opportunity to guide and reassure others through the maze of uncertainties that often accompany studying abroad. It's a role that resonates deeply with me, knowing firsthand the challenges that can arise and the comfort a helping hand can provide.

When I'm not crunching numbers or lending an ear, you'll likely find me at the gym, sculpting both mind and body to peak performance. But my adventures don't stop there; I'm a city explorer at heart, constantly seeking out hidden locations and new experiences in the streets of Enschede City. Whether it's trying out the latest eateries or discovering cosy cafés tucked away in alleyways, I'm always up for an adventure.

I find peace in the gentle art of knitting. From mastering the basics to crafting stuffed animals, each stitch is a testament to my creativity and patience. And when it's time to unwind, you can catch me indulging in my love for anime or whipping up delectable treats in the kitchen. Travel is my passion, and I make it a point to explore at least one new country in Europe whenever time allows. It's through these adventures that I continue to broaden my perspective, immersing myself in diverse cultures and creating memories to last a lifetime.

I did not have a student buddy but despite my late enrollment and initial lack of guidance, I've emerged stronger and more resilient. But I can't help but wonder how much smoother the ride would have been with a supportive companion by my side. So here I am, ready to be there for new students and guide them into the light to embark on their own academic journey. With each interaction, I hope to make a difference and ensure that no student feels alone in their pursuit of knowledge and adventure.

Student in International Business

I am thrilled to introduce myself as a buddy at Saxion University of Applied Sciences.

I am from the Canary Islands, Spain, and have been in the Netherlands for almost three years. While Saxion wasn't initially in my plans, it has turned out to be a fantastic experience with countless opportunities. I study International Business.

I became a buddy to help new international students transition smoothly to Saxion, combining my love for meeting people with my desire to assist others. In my free time, I enjoy working on various projects, travelling, and indulging in sports and good food.

My advice to incoming students is to embrace the new environment gradually and seek opportunities for growth. As a buddy, I hope to enhance my communication skills and gain valuable insights through coaching sessions.

Looking forward to connecting with the incoming students and making their Saxion experience memorable.

Student in Creative Media and Game Technologies

Hi there, I'm Oksana, a third-year student in Creative Media and Game Technologies from Ukraine, aged 22. I have been living abroad since I was 17, initially studying in Poland for a BA in Asian Studies and Fine Arts, I later moved to Enschede to follow a more creative path. 

Having experienced the challenges of being far from home firsthand, I understand the stress it can bring. That's why I've chosen to be a study buddy, offering support to those concerned about feeling lost and isolated in a new country. A bit about me? Well, I'm a chill and easy-going person who just goes with the flow. I also love reading and gaming! 

Arriving in Enschede initially left me feeling lost, without guidance on settling in or where to find essentials. I had to navigate everything on my own, but it was a valuable learning experience. Now, I'm eager to help others ease their worries about relocating to a new place.

Student in International Finance and Accounting

I'm Lindelwe Tshuma, a fun-loving (sometimes secretly reserved!) 21-year-old international student from the sunshine-filled land of Zimbabwe. I'm in my second year at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, tackling the exciting world of International Finance and Accounting.

Why be a student buddy? Two reasons: First, I thrive on meeting people from all corners of the globe. Second, I want to ensure your Saxion experience is epic! I may be a bit quiet at first, but trust me, under this sometimes-reserved exterior lies a fountain of humour and quick wit.

When I'm not balancing the books (or attempting to!), you'll probably find me on the court shooting hoops, getting sweaty at the gym, or trying (and sometimes failing) to rekindle my love for art. Oh, and the music? I have an eclectic taste – anything that gets me moving works!

Saxion life has been a blast so far. Every day brings new knowledge, thanks to our awesome lecturers who are as friendly as they are brilliant. Plus, I've met a fantastic bunch of people who keep things interesting. So, if you're looking for a friendly face to help you navigate the university and have a great time, look no further! Let's make your Saxion journey unforgettable!

Student in Software Engineering

My name is Sandra, and I am 22. I come from Slovakia, and I am in my second year studying ICT. I became a student buddy because I want to help others transition smoothly into life in the Netherlands. Having someone to guide and support you can make a big difference in adapting to a new environment. I love board games and discovering places with good coffee in Deventer. I also go to the gym often if someone is looking for a gym partner :))

Portrait of 1st year ICT student Sandra Krevova - software developer - women in stem - software engineering

Student in Creative Media and Game Technologies

Hey! I am Devin Buanahagi and I’m a second year Creative Media and Game Technologies student from Mozambique. I became a student buddy because I have been wanting to get more involved with Saxion and helping people who were in the same situation as me in the past was a driving force in my decision.

Fun fact about me, I have lived in 5 countries in my short life, so I don’t have a distinct accent to pinpoint but I like to think of myself as a man of the world. Also, one thing that I always have on me more than even my house keys, are my earphones. Can’t go a day without music.

My experience starting at Saxion was quite smooth, I had a student buddy which made the landing so much smoother. Also, with the other buddies I was part of, it made for a more interesting and comfortable arrival at Saxion for the first few weeks and 2 months until I found what was more for me.

Student buddy Devin

Student in Software Engineering

Hello, I'm Trang. I come from the beautiful coastal country of Vietnam. I'm loving my time in Saxion as a student in ICT Software Engineering, and now also as a student buddy hoping to make your adventure in the Netherlands as enjoyable as possible. 

As someone who has never lived abroad before enrolling in Saxion, I understand the struggles students might have adapting to a completely new environment and I would love to be able to be there for you. Deventer is a beautiful city with a lot to offer and with the right mindset and support system, you will feel at home here. Dutch cuisine might be difficult to appreciate at first, but you will embrace the 24/7 cheese sandwich eventually!

A little bit about me, I like walking especially when the weather decides to be nicer (so maybe if you want to explore the city together it would be fun!). I also love board games and own quite a handful of them. 

If you want a friend who would love to listen to you and will always try to help you, please feel free to reach out to the buddies. Let's enjoy the Netherlands together! 


  • This programme is dedicated to international students.
  • International students who have been accepted (under condition) for an English-taught Bachelor or Master's programme. 
  • Exchange students are not eligible for this programme.
  • We have a limit of 180 students who can follow the programme.
  • Sign-ups are open from April.

The programme starts in April and lasts until December. From the moment you register, you will be matched with a buddy. It can be right from the start in April, but you can also start from June onwards. It’s up to you!

Yes, it is free.

You will review your progress by comparing your replies to two questionnaires (one taken at the beginning of the programme, the other one at the end). It will give you a clear overview of which topics you improved.