Going abroad is really exciting and sometimes also very confusing. Most international students face 10000 questions. We're happy to help! In the following you will find the frequently asked questions of international students. Still facing questions? Feel free to contact us!

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What is ESN?

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student organization. Our mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.

How can I contact ESN?
You can come by our office during our office hours (Monday till Friday - 12:45-13:30) , write us an email (info@esntwente.nl) or contact us via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/esn.twente).

Will there be any activities or trips for international students?

Yes! Your ESN board will organize several parties, activities, one-day trips and also longer trips for all international students. To be up to date join our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/esn.twente/)


Since there a several different housing options in Enschede we have written a detailed "How to find a room in Enschede" Guide. Check it out: http://www.esntwente.nl/how-find-room-enschede


What is the Kick-In?

The Kick-In is an introduction for all new students to get to know each other during a lot of activities. It's the perfect opportunity to meet the university, the campus and Enschede and to discover all aspects of the student life. You will get to know your fellow students and sport and cultural associations. During the Summer Kick-In  there will be also a Faculty program where you will receive detailed information about your studies.

For detailed information about the Kick-In (program, costs, registration etc.) check the Kick-In website.


When does the Kick-In take place?

The Bachelor Kick-In 2017 will be held in the two weeks before the semester starts. Stay up to date via www.kick-in.nl.


Pick-up Service

What is the pick-up service?

As an international student you can apply for help with your journey from Schiphol Airport to Enschede. Usually, we offer our pick-up service in the two days before the Master Kick-in starts (one week before the semester starts).

How can I register for the pick-up service?

During the online registration for the Kick-in you can register for the pick-up service.

Where can I find more information about the pick-up service?

Check this link for detailed information about the pick-up service


Learn more about the Kick-in and the Pick-up service here: http://esntwente.nl/news/kick-pickup-service

Living in Enschede

How can I open a dutch bank account? How does the public transportation in Enschede look like?

Please check the international student handbook of the University of Twente for detailed information about all you have to know about Enschede.


Where can I buy food in Enschede?

In Enschede you can find several supermarkets. On the campus you can find the supermarket Coop. In the city you can find different supermarkets like Albert Heijn and Jumbo, and the low budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl.

Should I get a bike in Enschede?

Yes, definitely! There is public transportation (bus) in Enschede, but during the evening the time table is limited. To get everywhere at any time the bike is the best transportation. Furthermore riding the bike (in Dutch: "fietsen" ) is part of the dutch culture. You shouldn't miss this.

How can I make friends?

During your study you will make friends for sure. Don't worry! Furthermore the Kick-In will be the perefect opportunity to make friends. You will meet a lot of people. To get in touch with more international students you should join our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/esn.twente/). Next to that you will meet others international students during our ESN activites and ESN trips. So make sure to join them :-)! To get in touch with Dutch students you can join a student association or a sport club. You will receive detailed information about this during the Kick-In.