1. Is a board position within ESN Wageningen full-time or part-time?

In general, a board position is considered part-time. If you are following BSc or MSc courses you can follow half of your courses. Also, writing your thesis is good to combine with your board year because you are flexible during the day when to work on ESN and when to work on your thesis. FOS will be there to compensate for half of your tuition fees.

2. Do I have to be an international student to apply?

No. We welcome all students. Nationality does not influence your application in any way.

3. Do I still have to pay my tuition fee when I do a board year?

This depends on your situation. Normally, the university has a financial compensation regulation (FOS) in which students doing a board year get compensated for their tuition fees. For more information, email to info@esn-wageningen.nl or approach us!

4. Can I study next to my board year?

Yes, in general students applying for a board year at ESN have no problems with following half of their studies during the year. However, a board year does ask a lot from you in regards to time and effort, so the workload next to your studies shouldn't be underestimated. Don’t be afraid to ask the current board how they experience this!

5. Do I get paid for doing a board year?

No, being a board member is on a voluntary basis. But, there is a financial compensation regulation (FOS) to compensate for your tuition fees. 

6. What is the term of a board year?

Officially, a board year at ESN starts on the first day of the summer holiday. Your first responsibility will be the organisation of the AID. However, the transition period mostly takes place in June-July. In those months, we expect a commitment of about 2-5 hours per week, concluded by a 3-day transition weekend in June/July. 

7. What if I already planned holidays for July/August?

Participating in the transition weekend is highly recommended. In addition, we expect full availability starting from a week before the AID (for the year of 2022 this means from 10 August onwards), because you will have to work hard as a team to give a warm welcome to all the new (international) students. Of course, exceptions can always be made in consultation with us. 

8. What is the transition weekend?

Transition weekend is the final part of the transition process from the old board to the new board. During this 3-day weekend, the old and new board spend some time together outside of Wageningen. Besides handing over as much information as possible, this weekend consists of plenty of board bonding activities to make sure you’ll make a strong team from the beginning and have a great start of the year! This year the transition weekend will be from June 3rd till June 5th, so if you are planning to apply keep this weekend free.

9. I have never been active in ESN before. Is this a problem?

No. Although it can be an advantage, you are more than welcome to apply. Almost every year people who are completely new to ESN Wageningen join the board. Before you apply, make sure to get to know the organisation better by reading through our website and Facebook pages. You can also always come by the office and talk to some of the current board members to get a better insight into what we do. We would love to meet you!

10. What is expected from me apart from doing the position-specific work?

A big part of your work will involve teaming up with the other board members and ‘being the board’ in general. Practical things like being present during office hours, helping students with all questions they may have, helping out at events and the introduction weeks, and representing ESN to different stakeholders is expected of all board members. In addition, all board members are expected to attend many of the ESN events. Furthermore, the Global Lounge is a big project of ESN which required all board members to participate in making it a big success.

11. What is expected from a board member regarding event participation?

Generally, being part of the ESN board requires active participation in all types of events. You can expect to attend all events in the AID and many in period 1 since that is the busiest period of the year and you will not have (many) committees recruited yet at that time. After September, it is up to your own team to decide on the rules regarding event participation. 

12. What does having ‘office hours’ entail?

During office hours, you answer questions students might have and you sell tickets for ESN events. During office hours in the less busy months, you will also have time to do your own work. In general, office hours are a nice way to stay in touch with the students and keep up-to-date with the work of your fellow board members as well. Even when you are not scheduled to do office hours, you’ll often be present at the office, for example for your ESN related work or for meetings (with board/committees/external parties). The office is also often used to just hang out with your fellow board members who will become friends for life in no time. It’s never boring in the ESN office!