Praktijk Hoek Melkweg - Studentenhulpverlening

Moving to the Netherlands can be a big step. Not only do you have to adjust to a different language and culture, there’s also a very different way of thinking going on. The way Dutch people come into contact with others and the way they expect others to behave can be very different from your own.



Due to this difference we can feel inadequate in how to deal with certain situations or we can feel that others take advantage of us. As a consequence we do not guard our boundaries and this can have crippling effects later on.


Examples of such situations are:

  • Talking to your professor, boss, director, doctor etc.
  • Approaching someone you find attractive
  • Keeping a conversation going
  • Asking something for yourself
  • Saying no when someone asks you to do something you don't want
  • Giving criticism
  • Reacting to someone who criticizes you
  • Venting your anger
  • Giving and receiving approval
  • Speaking to groups of people
  • Working while others are watching you
  • Walking past a full restaurant pavement or a group of people


With the Dutch Social Skills training you can learn how to become more assertive, which is a skill necessary for your survival in The Netherlands. Being assertive means standing up for yourself while respecting the other. This is a skill you can acquire.


During this training you acquire a number of basic social skills in a group. By doing so you develop insight in how you behave in difficult situations. You also learn how you can get a grip on these situations.

You experiment with different ways of behaving. By doing so you develop your own style of social skill. During this process you receive support and feedback from the other members of the group. To internalize what you have learned you receive homework.


  • 6 to 8 participants
  • 8 sessions of 2 hours each
  • start: autumn 2019
  • English spoken



Can these social skills help you?