Studenten Overleg Medezeggenschap (SOM)

The Studenten Overleg Medezeggenschap (Dutch acronym: SOM) supports students in student & employee representation bodies belonging to universities of applied sciences. Students active in student & employee representation partake in dialogues with the Executive Board (Dutch acronym: CvB) tackling issues such as policy, finances and the (quality of) education. For advice, tips or direct support, students can approach the SOM.

The SOM is unique in the Netherlands. No other organisation is as directly involved in the support and reinforcement of the student & employee representation of universities of applied sciences as the SOM. The SOM responds to the needs and offers information as well as training sessions. The SOM organises monthly meetings in Utrecht. Here, students active in student & employee representation bodies coming from all over the country assemble in order to discuss the status quo of representation and issues regarding education.

Nationwide activities

Each year, the SOM together with the National Assembly of University Parties (Dutch acronym: LOF), organise a number of nationwide training activities for students active in student councils: the AtWorkWeekend (Dutch acronym: IWW), and the Seasoned Student & employee representation Day (Dutch acronym: DMD).

Support and training

The SOM serves to provide assistance when questions are submitted, and to offer tips and advice on issues brought forward by students active in representation. Additionally, the SOM is allowed to offer training sessions, for example regarding the rights and duties associated with student & employee representation, but also regarding conference techniques, elections and successions.

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This website will provide you with all relevant information regarding the SOM. You may also reach out to us directly and send an email to for more information.