The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an independent, non-profit and non-political student exchange organisation. It provides students in technical degrees with paid, course-related, training abroad and employers with highly skilled, highly motivated trainees, for long or short term projects. With over 80 countries involved and exchanging over 4000 traineeships each year worldwide, it is the largest organisation of its kind in the world.


IAESTE was founded in January 1948 at Imperial College, London, where representatives from ten European countries agreed on the initiative. The geographical coverage soon spread to include exchange in over 80 countries on all continents, and IAESTE became a registered body according to Luxembourg law in 2005. Since its inception, IAESTE has exchanged more than 350,000 students worldwide, playing a key role in the development of young engineers and scientists.

IAESTE Netherlands

In 2011 IAESTE Netherlands has been re-established as completely student-run organisation. The first city to establish a local committee was Utrecht, from which it spread to Delft and Enschede in 2013. Next to these three local committees, there is have a national committee as a bridge to IAESTE on the international level.


Events in IAESTE

Every year, there are many events hosted by IAESTE, both locally and internationally. Usually, an event is combining learning, culture and entertainment to give you the best experience. Our events are:

Introduction day

We develop our members on a professional level by regularly providing workshops. These workshops have a varying range from how to pitch and present to how to organise an event. These skills will help you on the job market, while you also improve IAESTE.

National meeting

At our National Meeting all members of IAESTE the Netherlands come together for a weekend. We celebrate our successes, but also look to the future by learning new soft skills and brainstorming as a team.

King’s Day

We love to share culture in IAESTE. The mood of the orange crowds at Kingsday is an unique expression of Dutch culture. This makes it one of those amazing moments we like to share with people from all over the world.


Conferences vary between weekend to weeklong international get-togethers. At the events new skills are learned during the day and local culture is experienced at night. The highlight of every event is the international evening at which every country presents its delicacies.

Summer receptions

Next to internships IAESTE is a social platform. Local members will show the interns all the best spots in their country. Since most students go on an internship with IAESTE around the summer period, a lot of weekends are organised in which cities, countries and culture can be experienced.