Frequently Asked Questions
Every student of Wageningen University and Aeres Hogeschool Wageningen can participate in the AID. As a student starting in Wageningen you can apply as an AID participant. As a current student you can apply as either a Mentor or CREW member. The AID is all about getting to know your fellow students, the student life and the city Wageningen.
As a result of the Corona outbreak, the AID is organized in a different way than everyone is used to. We have made the necessary adjustments to the AID program for this, but it also requires some of our participants (AID participants, mentors, CREW) and other stakeholders.
Corona House Rules
- Take your responsibility and adhere to the house rules and other guidelines
- Always keep 1.5m distance from others, also outside the AID program
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant
- Do not shake hands, let's great eachother with a smile
- Sneeze in your elbow
- Stay at home or go home if you develop symptoms and get tested
- Follow instructions from supervisors
Guidelines on campus:
Do’s and don’ts:
Your safety is our concern
The safety of our participants is always of great concern. Also during the corona pandemics. We therefore have put great effort in organizing the AID in such a way that governmental regulations can be taken into account and supervision can take place. These measures are very similar to those in place during our educational activities – in fact the AID is an educational activity – and/or those that apply for catering, events or theatres. We constantly monitor changes in the regulations and implement those.
The first measures for a safe AID are there to reduce to amount of people present at a single location. The AID is organized twice and within the AID there’re three programs (‘tracks’) to limit the number of people present at a single location. Furthermore, within the tracks groups of students have their own location and/or start time to create even more space.
Hygiene and supervision
Proper hygiene is important as well to prevent the spread of the new corona virus. Hand sanitation is available, lunch is prepacked and no flyers are handed out to name a few. To make sure our participants comply with these measures we have stewards to supervise and address noncompliance.
Monitoring and adjusting
The AID organization is in close contact with the municipality of Wageningen to monitor what happens during the AID and to adjust accordingly.
By public transport:
Most international visitors arrive at Schiphol Airport
(Amsterdam). Follow the signs from the Schiphol Arrival Hall to the Railway
Station: ‘to the trains’. At the train station you can purchase a ticket to
Ede-Wageningen from one of the yellow vending machines or at the NS Service
Desk. Trains depart from Schiphol Airport to Ede-Wageningen via Utrecht almost
every 15 minutes. Take a direct train to Ede-Wageningen or take an intercity
train from Schiphol to Utrecht. Once
in Utrecht, switch to a train in the direction of Arnhem or Nijmegen. Your
final stop is Ede-Wageningen. Travel time from Schiphol to Ede-Wageningen is
approximately 60 to 75 minutes. The Valleilijn bus (line C3) runs
between Ede-Wageningen station and bus station in Wageningen, and passes
Wageningen Campus. During rush hour there is a bus every ten minutes, outside
rush hour every quarter and in the late hours it is a half-hour service. For
more information about live departures and arrivals at www.valleilijn.nl.
From Utrecht or Arnhem. Coming from Utrecht or Arnhem on the A12, take exit 24 and follow the road in the direction of Wageningen (N781) until you reach the roundabout. Turn right to arrive at the campus.
From Rhenen. From Rhenen, follow the ring road around the centre of Wageningen. At the last traffic light in Wageningen, turn left towards the A12. Follow the road until the roundabout and turn left to arrive at the campus.
From the A50 (Nijmegen-Den Bosch). Leave the A50 motorway at exit 19 (Renkum/Wageningen/Oosterbeek). Turn left at traffic lights and follow signs for Renkum/ Wageningen (N225). Continue straight ahead, following signs for Wageningen. This road turns into Ritzema Bosweg. In Wageningen, take the second exit at the roundabout (straight ahead) and continue along Ritzema Bosweg. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Diedenweg (N781), following signs for Utrecht/Ede. At next two roundabouts take second exit (straight ahead), the road turns into Mansholtlaan (N781). Go straight at the next set of traffic lights and continue along Mansholtlaan (N781). At the next roundabout take the third exit (Droevendaalsesteeg).
As of right now (April) we do not know which measures regarding COVID-19 will be in place in August, and therefore we are not yet sure what the exact program of AID 2021 will be. To make sure that we can easily adapt to changes made in the measures, we are working with multiple scenarios, which can all ensure a great start of your student life in Wageningen.
What we do know, is that there will be two AID's of four days. AID 1 takes place 11-14 August, and AID 2 16-19 August. In these AID's we strive to have a program with as much physical activities as possible. For those who are unable to come to Wageningen in August, there will be an Online Only AID, which takes place 16-19 August.
As soon as we have more clarity, we will share that information on the website and on our social media.
If you don't have a room in Wageningen yet, you can probably stay with someone else in your AID-group. This can be arranged by your mentor. Another option might be sleeping at a association house, you can find information on the websites of SSR-W, KSV Franciscus and Ceres. On the Facebook page 'Wageningen Student Plaza' many sleeping places for the AID are offered. If this is not possible, you can check the housingdesk website or Kamernet for a sleeping place or room to rent. Housing organisation Idealis takes care of a major part of student housing in Wageningen, you can subscribe for a room on their website but you will not be the only one subscribing. Take into account that subscription does not result immediately in a room.
An overview of websites where you can find a room can be found here.
Don’t have a place to stay during the AID and you also cannot stay with any of your group members? Come stay at the AID campsite! You can sleep here in your tent (max. 10-person tent) during the entire AID. The cost for your whole AID (four days) are €40. The camping is equipped with everything you need: showers, toilets, breakfasts and lots of fun. So if you don’t want to miss a moment of the AID, fix your spot at the campsite via myAID! The camping is situated behind Axis Z.
Of course! You are more than welcome to participate in the AID! We would like to get in touch with you to see if and how we can help you during the AID. It is very important that you can enjoy the AID to the fullest.
Yes, of course! The AID is not only about the city Wageningen. It is also about getting started with your student life and meeting fellow students. During the AID you will also be introduced to various associations like sports, study or student related associations.
We do recommend to bring a phone in case you are lost or can't find your group. We also recommend to download the AIDapp as it contains a lot of useful information about the program, locations and your personalized program. In case you are unable to download the AIDapp, visit us at the central point of the AID (Forum) and receive a QR code and program booklet. For last minute updates, you can ask your mentors or group members who have the AIDapp.
Unfortunately, this year it is not possible to arrive later than your first day. Nevertheless we hope to see you on all four days! The AID will be at least as spectacular as former years despite the corona measures, so it is definitely worth your time.
Yes, the religious student associations are featured throughout the AID program, and you can find information about them online too.
UPDATE: August 6th 2020
This evening the Dutch government announced that introduction activities need to be restricted in order to control the spread of the new corona virus. In close contact with the municipality of Wageningen we’re preparing a safe introduction for our new students and will continue to do so. In close cooperation with the authorities we’ll discuss the measures and modifications that are needed to organise the AID in the light of the new restrictions. Please keep an eye on our website or the AID App for the up to date program for the AID 2020.
The message the Prime Minister makes clear each and every one of us has to take their responsibility in order to control the spread of the new corona virus. We strongly encourage all those involved once more to comply with the regulations: maintain 1.5m distance, follow the (hygiene) guidelines and when you develop symptoms of the new corona virus go home and take a test.
UPDATE: 19th of May 2020
Plans for the Alternative Introduction Days
In recent weeks, we as the AID board have worked hard to create an alternative programme for the AID. We keep a close eye on the government advices and will adhere to the guidelines at all times. The programme will consist partly of physical activities and partly of online activities. This means that everyone involved in the AID must always keep a distance of one and a half meters from each other.
To spread the number of participants, we decided to organise a four-day AID twice. The first week will take place from Thursday the 13th of August until Sunday the 16th of August. The second week will take place from Tuesday the 18th of August until Friday the 21st of August. Any student who signs up to participate during the AID will be assigned to one of two weeks, based on their studies. We try to clarify who will be assigned in which week as soon as possible, but currently we recommend that all AID participants keep both weeks free.
During the AID we will also do everything we can to distribute all participants over different locations, so that everyone can guarantee the one and a half meter distance. If there are participants who do not yet have a room, but still want to participate physically during the AID, we have the AID campsite where they can spend the night. We also adhere to the guidelines at the campsite and we will take strict hygiene measures.
In the near future we will present the alternative programme via our social media. All parties involved will be informed by us as soon as possible about what the new AID will mean for them. Also the mentors and CREWers will be contacted soon!
UPDATE 21st of April 2020
The Dutch Government announced today that all large scale events up until the 1st of September are cancelled, due to the Corona crisis. After that date the form in which events can be hosted is uncertain. We fully support this decision of the government and understand that a traditional AID cannot take place under the present circumstances.
Nevertheless, Wageningen University and the AID board feel it is important to introduce all new members of our student community to life, study and the culture at Wageningen University, Aeres Hogeschool and our city. So we will look for alternatives to present an interesting and challenging AID 2020 with respect to the current regulations and guidelines. You may understand that this will take some time, but we hope to come up with great plans and ideas the next few weeks.
When the ideas have taken shape and form we will contact everybody involved and communicate the plans. So please be patient and give us a little time to work things out.
Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. Stay safe, and stay healthy!
You can cancel your registration as AID participant until the 23rd of July, and get a full refund. If you cancel after the 23rd of July, you will not be refunded.
As Online Only AID participant you can cancel your registration until the 10th of August to get a full refund. If you cancel after the 10th of August, you will not be refunded.
You can register as BSc mentor until April 30th. Registration for MSc mentors is open until July 16th. You can register as Online Only mentor until August 2nd.
If you want to cancel your registration as a BSc or MSc mentor, you will get a full refund until July 16th. If you cancel after July 16th, you will not be refunded.
You can register for AID 2021 as participant for the physical AID until the 16th of July. You can register for the Online Only AID until August 2nd.
- A laptop and mobile phone, to look at the app and online program parts
- A bicycle with good lighting
- A mouth mask, inside all university buildings it is mandatory to wear a mask
- Toilet articles
- Enough dry and clean clothes (keep in mind that it can be cold and rainy too)
- Sportswear and in- and outdoor gym shoes
- A water bottle
- If necessary: medicines
- If necessary: (air) mattress and sleeping bag
- An (extra) chain lock
- Tire patch set
The participation fee for BSc and MSc mentors is €30. Participation for Online Only mentors is free!
The registration fee for AID 2021 is €65 and includes all lunches and dinners, and participation in all activities.
The registration fee for Online Only participants is €10. This includes participation in all activities.
If you are a MSc student from outside EU/EFTA, your registration fee is already included in your tuition fee.
If you are not accepted for your studies, you can cancel your registration for the AID without costs before July 23rd. After that, we will charge all the costs and you will not receive any refund.
As Online Only participant, you can cancel your registration until August 10th and receive a full refund. After that, you will not be refunded.
Yes, you can! The W'Meet U program is organized by another department of WUR to help students with non-Dutch prior education to adjust to the Dutch systems. We have adjusted our programs so that you can participate in both the AID and W'Meet U.
The student associations work closely together with the AID to organize an amazing introduction week. The associations will be present at various program parts, and you will be able to visit the association presentations to find out what these associations are. The AID offers you the possibility to discover whether you want to join an association and which one.
Participating in the AID will guarantee you four days full of fun activities! Among others, we will organize a cycling tour, a FrieslandCampina Sports Day and a pubquiz! We will also provide you with a nice group and two mentors who will guide you through the week. You will get to know fellow students, the associations and all that Wageningen has to offer. We will take care of your lunch and dinner during the AID and introduce you to your new student life. All in all there are only advantages to be mentioned of participating in what will be your best week ever!
In your AID group, you will have other people of your study. You will also be given the opportunity to meet fellow students during the study day.
For exchange students, this is a bit different. As you do not follow courses of one degree, we will try to place you with another exchange student. During the study day, the focus will be on understanding the Dutch systems.
For students of Aeres Hogeschool, you will be placed together with other students of Aeres Hogeschool. During the study day, you will be visiting Aeres Hogeschool and learn more about studying in general.