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THROWBACK | PODIUM INTERNATIONAL KICK-OFF PARTY

Podium is expanding, and we will soon be offering a range of English-spoken events for the international student community at HU.

On Thursday 21 April we celebrated the start of our international programme with a Podium International Kick-off Party! Even though Heidelberglaan 9 is a new location, our cheerful decoration and music made it easy to spot. Within no time the place was buzzing with enthusiastic students and some curious teachers and employees.

At the registration desk there was a selection of little stickers with many national flags from around the world. As people picked out the flags of their home country to decorate themselves with, it wasn’t hard to see that there were many different nationalities represented at this event.

It might be hard to imagine, but to bring in a bit of Dutch culture, the food was actually being served from a bicycle! In between all the talking, everyone enjoyed their favourite pick from the selection of loaded vegan burgers, colourful veggie wraps, and bruschettas.

Next to the lounge area, Jill and Etty were stationed with their art supplies to draw caricatures of people on the back of beer coasters. In less than five minutes they managed to create a funny and surprisingly recognisable portrait of anyone who posed for them. As if that wasn’t enough, our Podium team member Eva also went around with a polaroid camera to capture the newfound friends on film.

While we got to know our guests, our team also collected input for our future events. We’re very eager to get to work with all the suggestions we received but if you have any more ideas for cultural activities, please send an email to podium@hu.nl!

After two hours, we could look back on a successful party and a bright future for more Podium International events!

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About Podium International

Podium is HU’s very own student platform that organises events with a socio-cultural focus, on themes that matter. At Podium, students develop and promote programmes themselves, to build a welcoming Podium-community within the larger HU-community. A combination of physical events and online sessions ensures an attractive list of accessible activities that anyone can join in on. As Podium is not tied to one physical location, we travel around like a nomad and get to discover all kinds of new, exciting places and venues in Utrecht, Amersfoort and the surrounding area.