This is an initiative that provides further support and community for non-EU, through gatherings, workshops, and individual support.
The initiative of the non-EU community aims to improve the support system available both in Rietveld and in Sandberg. Although there are already resources in the academy, they are not necessarily the most accessible and the situation of non-EU students calls for more attention as it is more often subject to change.
This trajectory focuses on 3 main parts:
First contact with students before arrival to the Netherlands: More personal contact via video call, together with current non-EU students and alumni.
Reinforcing community during the study with different activities:
- Gatherings “Together in bureaucracies”: During the year we will have different gatherings that will go around bureaucratic processes that students need to pass through. Is a “hands-on” moment, where we will have an expert guest to help, and after we will have dinner and drinks together.
- Setting up the Solidarity Platform (the one you are in right now) where all the information already available is centralized and updated as it goes, with inputs from users. An ever-changing space for information to live.
- One-on-one meetings: Francisca Khamis Giacoman, coordinator of the non-EU community is available for students for meetings or calls every Tuesday and Thursday. You can always contact her via email (see contact below)
- Preparing life after graduation
Symposium where funds, lawyers, and other guests participate to help prepare the possible application for a visa to stay in The Netherlands. And one on one talk about specific questions regarding the following steps to prepare the visa application.
Contact: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The non-EU community support is part of The Student Support working group formed by students, lecturers and representatives from the Student Council and Unsettling, they focus on strengthening the position of the individual student in their personal well-being and resilience as a basic condition for studying through programming and additional support.