A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Halloween-Parties, book deals and other reasons for being a member of a student association (at B.A.S.I.S)
As many other university programs, my course of “International Studies” has an own student association: B.A.S.I.S. (Bachelor Students of International Studies).
On their website, the B.A.S.I.S. group explains their concept: “A study association unites students from all years in one study and is run entirely by the students themselves on a voluntary basis.” (Quoted from http://onlinebasis.nl/). These voluntary student groups are committed in organizing a large variety of activities. In charge are different committees such as an “Academic Committee”, “Social Committee”, “Travel Committee” etc.
Since I started studying in The Hague in September, they organized a very helpful book deal, where we could acquire all our books for a cheaper price. Further, they planned social events such as get-togethers and the great Halloween Party we had on Wednesday. (Thanks also to the group who organized this great night!) The committees also enable you to participate at academic activities like MUNs in many different cities and countries, or at Sport events, such as a Sky Trip, which is coming soon.
It is very easy to become a member and to take part in great events offered. You can fill out the membership form online on http://onlinebasis.nl/membership/. The annual fee for B.A.S.I.S. totals only 20€, a good price, when compared to bigger student associations.
If you are not a student of “International Studies” and your program does not offer such an union, you could also become a member of a student association, which is not related to a university program.
Although most associations are located in Leiden, The Hague has some student unions as well. For instance, you could have a look at the HSV (Haagsche Studenten Vereeniging), AEGEE Den Haag or the Pallas Athene – as far as I know these student associations primarily organize social events, whereas study related unions often include academic activities.
Now you just have the agony of choice… good luck with that! 🙂
If you know more details or organizations that would be important to be added to the text, please let me know! 🙂