Welcome to the Graduate School of Natural Sciences!

To ensure that you get off to a good start, we organize an introduction event for all new graduate students on Monday, 2 September and Wednesday, 4 September. You will receive a detailed invitation for this mandatory introduction via email in August, once you have been (conditionally) admitted to the Master's programme.

On Monday morning we will welcome all new students of the Graduate School in a plenary introduction session with students from several programmes. After that, you will split up to meet the coordinator(s) and fellow students of your own Master’s programme. In this meeting the start of your studies will be organized, like the sign up for courses.

On Wednesday afternoon you can choose from a variety of information sessions and workshops, about topics like the Dutch PhD system, Honours programmes and the tracks and profiles you can choose. You also get the opportunity to learn more about 21st century skills and career networking.

After the workshops you are invited for some social activities: take a small campus tour, play games, do a photo shoot to complete your LinkedIn profile or meet up with the Student Associations. We conclude the introduction with a barbecue.

Orientation Days for international students

New international students will also receive a special invitation to visit the Utrecht University International Orientation Days on Thursday, 29 - Friday, 30 August. We strongly advise to attend this event as well.

As part of this event, we will organize an introduction session for all international students of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences on Friday morning, August 30th. In this session we will specifically address issues on studying and connecting with your fellow students that are important for our international students.