Pre Departure evening 2020

Want to know more how it is to be on an exchange during corona-time? Have a look at the video of Luuk about Vienna and Tristan and Mitch about Seoul.

Tristan and Mitch in Seoul

Tristan and Mitch about their study in Seoul

Luuk in Wenen

Luuk in Vienna

De Pre-Departure evening 2020 - online session! Tuesday 15 December as from 19.00
Each year the HZ International Office organizes the Pre-Departure evening. Students who will go abroad are invited as are their parents. The goal of the evening is to prepare the students as well as possible, for their time abroad. The information that we normally offer face-to-face at HZ, is now published on this website. During the Pre-Departure evening we will organize Q & A sessions.

For students who will study abroad next semester (early 2021)
The online Pre-Departure session in December is especially organized for the students who will study abroad next semester.

Q&A sessions - Tuesday 15 December as from 19.00 through Microsoft Teams (MT) - register through the online form
During the Pre-Departure evening on 15 December we will organize Q&A sessions. You and your parents will be automatically invited through MT. Should your parents wish to attend the evening, then you have to write their e-mail address in the online registration form which you will receive in the week of 23 November. 

Below you find the presentations. Please have a look at them already, prepare your questions and fill them in, in the online registration form.

The programme- Click here to join the event
19.00-19.05: Foreword by Mr. Schollema, Director International Relations
19.05-19.15: Elise Rietkerk about her study and internship abroad
19.15-19.45: Q & A study abroad and grants. By Johannetta van Wanrooij and Astrid Umbgrove (you can also ask Astrid your questions on internships).
19.45-20.00: Insurances. By Arti Pancham of AON Insurances.
20.00-21.00 (flexible): ask questions to students who already studied at the partner institute where you will go next semester.

​ Why are parents invited as well?

We can imagine that your parents will want to know if you have prepared everything for your study abroad. We hope that after reading and listening to the information on this page, and by getting answers to questions during the Q & A sessions on 15 December, parents will be confident about your new study abroad adventure.

A good preparation is important! Especially now.

Last semester many students returned home from their study or internship abroad due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Mostly they returned with reluctance and had to leave in a rush. There were many questions to answer and problems to solve. We learned a lot from this and with this newly gained knowledge we hope to prepare you as well as possible for your stay abroad in 'corona-time'. The semester abroad may be different than you had imagined: lessons will probably be partly online, and so might your internship. As a result, social life can also be a bit different. Of course we hope for everyone that life will somewhat 'normalise' in the course of next semester. In any case this will become an interesting experience for you!

The presentations on the Study Abroad minor and grants

Below you find the video presentations of the HZ International Office including the explanation per slide. 
Presentation Study Abroad minor
Presentation grants and internships abroad

The same presentations without spoken text.
Presentation Study Abroad minor
Presentation grants and internships abroad

Information on insurances

Of course you choose the insurance that fits best with your stay abroad. In the information map that we will send you by post (1st or 2nd week of December), you will find folders of several insurance companies that offer special packages to students who will study or do an internship abroad. Ms. Arti Pancham of AON Insurances will answer your questions regarding insurances during the Pre-Departure evening. 

Below you find her presentation based on which you can prepare your questions. 
Presentation AON Insurances

Information on safety

HZ's partner in safety is International Security Partners (ISP). ISP offers 24/7 support to HZ students in case of emergency: +(31)-(0)320-331343. They also wrote a special guide for HZ-students, on safety, when going abroad. 
Below you find the presentation of ISP. 
Presentation ISP on safety 
Q & A document ISP

Thank you for reading the above guide and presentation. You can write your questions on safety in the online registration form. We, the HZ International Office will gather all the questions and will publish these including the answers, on this page at a later stage (around 10 December). 

What are the corona-rules per country?

On the Dutch website Nederlandwereldwijd you will find the rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 per country. Click on a country name, choose 'reisadvies' (travel advice) and then you will see the option 'Coronavirus' with links to the relevant websites in English informing on the local corona-rules. 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-policy regarding travel advises

On the HZ website under the section FAQ's you find the decisions HZ has taken regarding the travel advises. Look under: "Can I still go abroad for an internship or study?". Keep a close eye on the information HZ publishes there as it may change based on developments in the corona situation.

COVID-19. What if?

Of course we hope that you will complete your entire semester abroad. But what to do in case there is a new corona outbreak and you return home?

  • Contact the international office of the partner institute and read the information they may send you, and inform them on your whereabouts.
  • Contact the HZ International Office (IO) should you need advice.
  • Inform the HZ IO about your plans/decisions: also 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 trough their app or call them: (+31 247 247 247). Use this list with Dutch country names in English.
  • Read the information on the HZ website regarding COVID-19 including the FAQ’s.
  • Do you receive the Erasmus+ grant? Take into account the minimum length of stay to keep your grant (internship 2 months, study 3 months).

Continue following the online courses offered by the partner institute, according your Learning Agreement even if you return to the Netherlands or your home country!

Other things to consider before your departure

Such as apply for your OV-allowance (if that applies to your situation) and get vaccinations. You can read more about these subjects on MyHZ

Handy apps and websites

Travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Re-open EU
- App to copy your ID, to prevent identity fraud. Here's the English information.
WilWeg (translated: I want to go away) English information
- Offline maps