The Dutch Student Council and the International Student Panel agree that international and Dutch students should join forces for the student participation body. Both parties want international students to become members of the Student Council.
Dutch Student Council members are exempted from following university courses during the one year period of office. They receive a grant of a maximum of 400 euros a month from the university. As this would not be enough for foreign students to survive, other funding possibilities need to be sought. The Executive Board and the Student Council will also examine how to deal with visa problems that may arise as a result of international Student Council members having to extend their stay in the Netherlands.
All student parties are currently looking for new Student Council members for the year 2004 – 2005. “So far, unfortunately, no international students have shown any interest in joining us next year,” says Jos Käfer of the Progressive Student Faction (PSF).
Guido van Hofwegen