Support for international staff

As a new international staff member, you might want some help with your move to the Netherlands and feeling at home at Radboud University. We are here to address the needs of you and your family and to answer any questions you might have. On this page, you can find more information about our services that help you along the way to Nijmegen.

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Services for internationals

  • Getting a buddy

    As an international staff member, you can take part in the Buddy Programme, which will help you to feel at home more quickly at Radboud University. See the ‘Getting a buddy’ page for more information about taking part in the programme.

  • Global PhD Support

    As a PhD candidate, you can participate in the Global PhD Support programme. This programme will not only provide you with a buddy, but will also provide you with assistance from experts such as a psychologist or career advisor.

  • Dual Career & Family Support Services

    As a spouse or partner of one of Radboud University's international staff, you may also like some support in your search for employment and settling in the Netherlands. We provide customised assistance in navigating local facilities and amenities.

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Free Social Dutch courses

If you would like to learn Dutch and acquaint yourself with Dutch habits and customs, you can take an online Social Dutch course. International staff members are entitled to one free course. Take a look at the website of Radboud in'to Languages to find out more about these free courses.

Moving to a new country can make you feel quite rootless, but at Radboud University, I felt welcome and supported.
Farnaz Mosannenzadeh
Farnaz Mosannenzadeh PhD Candidate at the Behavioral Science Institute Read Farnaz's story

Bilingual university

Radboud University is made up of students and staff with diverse backgrounds and identities who come to Nijmegen from all around the world. With over 1,400 international members of staff, Radboud University is home to almost 100 nationalities and aims to be a bilingual campus, which means the level of English is high. Therefore, you will have no problem getting around as an international staff member.


Our campus invites you to study, collaborate and socialise. There is plenty of green space, perfect for a relaxing walk. You can exercise at our sports centre, or take a breather in the many eateries and cafes. Or enjoy performances and events at our professional theater hall.

Prepare your arrival

  • Pre-arrival checklist

    When you plan to start working in another country, there are many things that you will need to think about. This checklist will help you with your preparation.

  • Finding a property in the Netherlands

    Find out how Radboud University can offer you housing assistance and what the costs are for housing in Nijmegen.

  • Insurance in the Netherlands

    If you live and work in the Netherlands, you will need to take out healthcare insurance. Find out more information about how this works on this page.

More detailed information

Would you like to further prepare your move to Nijmegen or find out more about life in the Netherlands? Please visit 'Coming to Radboud' for more detailed information. There you can find detailed guides on immigration, visa and permits as well as information about public transport and health and family care.

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Contact information

Starting your new life and career in the Netherlands can be quite overwhelming. Therefore, at the Global Staff Services, staff members can ask questions related to working at Radboud University and living in the Netherlands. 

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