Pre Departure Evening 2022

Every year, the HZ International Office organises a Pre-Departure evening. Students who will be studying and/or doing an internship abroad in the following year are invited to attend. This allows you to prepare well for your stay abroad. The Pre-Departure evening is also for parents. Because if your son or daughter is going to study abroad, you want to be sure that everything is well organised.

Pre-Departure evening 13 December 2022

Time: 19.00-21.00 hours
Venue: online via MS Teams. Click here to participate.
Register: via the registration form sent. Note: if you and your parents do not live at the same address, please also provide their e-mail address.


19.00 hrs: Foreword
19.05-19.15 hrs:
Aniek about her studies in Mexico and her internship in Barcelona.
19.15-19.45 hrs:
Q&A on study/traineeship abroad and scholarships. By Johannetta van den Broek and Astrid Umbgrove from HZ International Office.
19.45-20.00 hrs:
Q&A on insurance by Arti Pancham of Aon Insurance.
20.00-21.00 (flexible)
: Ask your questions to students who have studied at the partner institution where you will go next semester. You will be automatically matched in Teams.


Below are the presentations that will be given on the Pre-Departure evening. Have a look at them in advance and prepare your questions. You can indicate your questions in the online registration form or ask them during the Q&A sessions.

Important information


Of course you choose the insurance that suits you best for your stay abroad. A number of insurance companies offer special packages, such as Aon Student Insurance and OOM. Arti Pancham from Aon insurance will be online during Pre-Departure evening to answer your questions. About the Aon package or other questions about insurance.


HZ's partner in safety is International Security Partners (ISP). ISP offers 24/7 support to HZ students abroad in case of emergency. Do you have questions about security? Then write them in the online registration form. The International Office will gather all questions and answer them during the Pre-Departure evening and/or post them on MyHZ.

Also check out this information:

Travel advice and (corona)rules

On the Dutch website Nederlandwereldwijd you can find the travel advice for each country from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the information and rules regarding corona, for example. Choose 'Travel advice' and 'Travel advice per country'. As the country names are in Dutch, you find the English translations in this list. Of course the partner institute will also inform you about the rules in their country.

HZ follows the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For the latest information, check the FAQ on the HZ website under 'Can I still go abroad for an internship or study?'

HZ strongly advises against travelling to an 'orange' area (travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs). If the country of your destination has 'code orange' and you decide to travel to this destination anyway, you should request a 'Necessary journey' confirmation from the Student Office. This confirmation states that you are travelling within the framework of your studies at HZ. You should then also complete the form 'Own Risk Declaration' and send it to

What if?

Of course, we hope that you will be able to complete your entire semester abroad. But what should you do if there is new corona outbreak or other calamity? Here are a few tips:

  • Contact the international office of the partner institution, read the information they
    may send you and inform them on your whereabouts..
  • Contact the HZ International Office if you need advice.
  • Inform the HZ International Office about your plans and decisions: we have to know about your
    whereabouts and need to know that you are safe.
  • Follow the instructions of the local authorities.
  • Follow the travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through their app or call them: +31 247 247 247. Use this list with Dutch country names in English.
  • Read the FAQs on the HZ website.
  • Do you receive the Erasmus+ grant? Take into account the minimum length of stay of 2 months to retain your grant (partially).
  • If possible: continue following the online courses offered by the partner institution according to your Learning Agreement. Even if you return to the Netherlands or your home country.

Things to arrange before departure

Before your departure, think of applying for your OV allowance (if that applies to your situation) and getting vaccinations. You can read more about these subjects on MyHZ.

Useful apps and websites

Student experiences

Want to hear from other students what it's like to study abroad? Then check out these videos from Luuk in Vienna and Tristan and Mitch in Seoul.

Tristan en Mitch in Seoul
Tristan and Mitch about their studies in Seoul
Luuk in Wenen
Luuk about his studies in Vienna