Student Support Services Division organizes preparatory workshops for Government study financing applicants for the Netherlands

A series of five preparatory workshops is being organized by the Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport Affairs for all students who are seeking study financing to further their studies in the Netherlands.

The workshops were first developed by SSSD in 2013, at the request of then Minister of Education Ms. Silveria Jacobs, and is in its fifth consecutive year. These interactive and themed workshops, which are slated to start on February 7, 2017 and run until June, are designed to address many of the issues that our students face while pursuing their studies in the Netherlands and to equip them to be successful.

The workshops will be held on February 7, March 7, April 11, May 23 and June 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the University of St. Martin. The sessions will cover topics such as assessing and adjusting expectations, familiarization with the new environment and what to expect, increasing motivation, Dutch language skills, dealing with feelings of sadness or missing home, weather etc. Issues that can impact Educational success will be the focus of these interactive sessions, SSSD officials stated. The workshops are spread out so that the students have more time to think about and relate to the information that is being presented, SSSD officials said. They added that attendance at the workshops is mandatory for study financing applicants and Division Study Financing officials will be in attendance to provide additional support where needed.

All students who applied for study financing via the Division Study Financing to further their studies in the Netherlands are urged to make an effort to attend all of the sessions. Division Study Financing will be in contact with all students regarding the dates of the workshops. Should you have any questions about the workshops, please contact the Student Support Services Division at Tel: 543-1235.