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What is Unexpected Journey?

Unexpected Journey is the introduction week for students of the study programmes of the Academy for Leisure & Events and the Academy for Tourism of Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas). Every year between 700 and 800 students of the various programmes take part in the introduction week. This year Unexpected Journey will take place from Tuesday 29 August up to and including Friday 1 September 2023. This is the final week before the start of lectures.

The Unexpected Journey introduction week is organised to prepare you, as a BUas student-to-be, as well as possible for your time as a student in Breda. During the introduction week you will get to know your classmates and fellow students, the lecturers, our campus and the beautiful student-city of Breda!

Breda University of Applied Sciences thinks that an unforgettable introduction week for all students is very valuable. For this reason, it is organised by both students and university staff. The programme consists of various activities which are accessible to all participants. It is important to emphasise that the Unexpected Journey introduction week is not a hazing.

Hopjes and Hoppassen

Nice to know: Unexpected Journey has a long-standing tradition where all first-year students who participate in induction week are called Hopjes. Now we can already hear you thinking: ‘What is a Hopje?’ We will therefore explain that briefly. The name comes from the Mgr Hopmansstraat on which the BUas campus is located. The supervisors, also known as the ‘babysitters’ of the Hopjes, are called Hoppassen. These Hoppassen will stay with you and your classmates throughout the introduction week.

By the way, you will just be addressed by your first name during the introduction. The word Hopje will only appear on your introduction shirt.