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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General

Unexpected Journey is by no means a hazing! The programme is about having fun, getting to know each other and team building. The introduction week is organised by Breda University of Applied Sciences students and staff who have your safety as the highest priority.

At the introduction site you can pay using PIN, cash or credit card. During the bar crawl in Breda’s city centre you can only pay using PIN or cash.

Unexpected Journey is the introduction week for students of the Breda University of Applied Sciences’ (BUas) programmes in the Leisure & Events and Tourism domains. During this introduction first-year students will get to know their fellow students and classmates, Breda University of Applied Sciences and the city of Breda by means of a comprehensive programme full of fun activities. It is the best way to start your time as a student in Breda.

Participation and registration

It is not possible to leave Unexpected Journey early to then come back later. When you opt to leave the introduction early, it is not possible to re-join later. For certain special circumstances the introduction organisation may consider an exception to this rule. These will have to be reported to and approved by the organisers prior to the introduction.

No, you can only register for the entire programme. When you are late to join the introduction or when you have to leave early you still have to pay the full fee of €135.

An extensive explanation of how to sign up for Unexpected Journey can be found on the registration page.

A full refund of the registration fee is possible when you notify us no later than 15 August 2022 by emailing intro@buas.nl Unfortunately it is not possible to get a refund after 15 August. More about this can be found in our general conditions.

Participation in Unexpected Journey is not mandatory but Breda University of Applied Sciences strongly recommends that you do take part. The introduction week is the start of your time as a student and it will ensure that you will be well prepared for the start of your programme.

Participation in Unexpected Journey 2022 is €135. This amount includes the following: participation in all programme elements, your very own introduction t shirt, various meals, transportation between sites during the programme and a place to spend the night. It does not include drinks and additional snacks which you may want to purchase during the week.

You can register until Monday 15 August 2022.

You will receive your student number in an email from Breda University of Applied Sciences. This will be provided to you as soon as you meet all the necessary admission requirements. This email will be sent to the email address which you have entered in Studielink. This email will also contain your password which you can use to log into your student email (student number@buas.nl) or to more.buas.nl.

An extensive explanation of who may take part in Unexpected Journey can be found on the registration page.

Programme

All participants have to visibly wear their introduction t-shirt during the programme. For an additional fee, it is possible to order one or more introduction t-shirts. Make a note of this when you complete the registration form. Have you already registered but forgot to mention this? Then send an email to intro@buas.nl.

No, you do not need a bicycle during the programme.

Did you apply to a Dutch-taught programme? Then you will use Dutch with your class and most of the programme elements will also be in Dutch. Are you going to attend an English-taught programme? Then you will use English to communicate with your classmates and the programme’s elements will be offered in English as well. Because Breda University of Applied Sciences is an international institution, the main language will be English and in some cases two languages will be used.

The introduction week will take place from Tuesday 30 August up to and including Friday 2 September 2022. You will be sent an email on the address you have used to register in Studielink, this email which you will receive in the week prior to the introduction, will include the final start and ending times. You will only receive this email when you have registered and when your registration for Unexpected Journey has been completed.

Food and drinks

It is not permitted to order food in during Unexpected Journey. The organisation will ensure that sufficient meals and snacks are provided. Bringing packed snacks such as energy bars or cookies, or a plastic water bottle, is allowed.

Do you have allergies and/or dietary needs which we have to take into account? Then there is the possibility to notify us on the registration form. Do not forget to tell us about the kind of allergy (allergy or food intolerance) Have you already registered and forgotten to notify us? Then email intro@buas.nl. Our Chef Special (a senior student) will ensure, together with our Food & Beverage team, that you will receive suitable alternative meals.

Location and facilities

At the Kunstijsbaan there are a limited number of lockers available which can be used for free. We recommend to take as little valuables to the introduction as possible. 

We will ensure that there will be facilities where you can charge your phone for free. We recommend bringing a powerbank and a phone charger to the introduction.

No, it is not possible to park your car near Kunstijsbaan. There is an alternative parking facility available which is located within walking distance from the introduction site. More information about this can be found on this page.

Yes, the entire introduction is accessible for anyone with a disability. A bathroom for disabled people is also available at the Kunstijsbaan.

The organisation will provide a number of (electric) pumps which you can use to inflate your air bed or mat. So, you do not need to bring your own.

All transport possibilities to Unexpected Journey can be found on this page. It is recommended to choose the fastest route through Google Maps. Please enter Terheijdenseweg 506 as your final destination.

Unexpected Journey 2022 will take place at and near Optisport Kunstijsbaan Breda. The Kunstijsbaan’s address is: Terheijdenseweg 506, 4826 AB Breda. More information about the introduction site can be found on this page.

Safety and house rules

Smoking is only permitted in the designated areas. This also applies to electronic cigarettes. Here NIX18 also applies. It is not allowed for participants or visitors who are not yet 18 to smoke. Please note that there is no possibility to buy cigarettes during the introduction week!

The possession, trafficking or use of soft and/or hard drugs is strictly prohibited during Unexpected Journey. There is a zero-tolerance policy and any violation of this rule will be reported to security. The study coach and/or programme coordinator will be informed. If soft and/or hard drugs are being traded, the police will also be informed.

During Unexpected Journey NIX18 is the rule. Participants who have not yet reached the age of 18 years are not allowed to purchase, take or drink alcohol.

Only introduction week participants, guests/partners who have been invited by the organisation or suppliers may access the Unexpected Journey location. Our security will enforce this.

Other

Unexpected Journey offers many opportunities for collaboration in order for participants to be introduced to many different organisations. Interested? Please, complete the contact sheet or send an email to intro@buas.nl.

Unfortunately, the registration for the crew has closed. Make sure you are part of Unexpected Journey 2023 by staying tuned via our social media channels Instagram and Facebook.

You are not allowed to take pictures or record videos during Unexpected Journey for promotional goals, unless agreed upon otherwise with the organisers. Taking pictures or recording videos for your own use is permitted. We do have a media team which will create professional pictures and videos during the introduction week. After the introduction, these will be published on our social media.