Study association ismus

Study association ismus provides extracurricular activities for political science students in Nijmegen. Though formally established as an independent study association in 2002, it has a short but rich history.

The name ‘ismus’ refers to the various concepts of political science like socialism, liberalism, Marxism and realism. This meets the preference of political science students to give their own meaning to the concept of ismus, as political science students are characterized by never agreeing upon definitions and meanings.

What does ismus do?

As an association for political science students, it tries to fulfil different goals. At first, it tries to intensify the contacts between students and the teaching staff. Secondly, it provides additional courses related to politics and political science to broaden the view of political science students. Thirdly, it provides activities and meetings to improve the interpersonal relations between political science students.

The additional courses provided by study association ismus comprise various subjects and speakers. Usually it is related to contemporary politics, international relations, political theory or comparative politics. Former speakers include Alexander Pechtold, Fleur Agema, Bram van Ojik and Pieter Omtzigt who are prominent Dutch politicians.

The activities and meetings provided by ismus include various study trips to cities like Saint Petersburg, Minsk, Kiev and Morocco as well as cosy meetings and lively parties.

About the organization

Study association is organized in various committees. These committees are organizing all the activities for study association ismus. The committees included are for example a promotion committee, a travel committee, a debating committee and, of course, a party committee. These committees are managed by a board of five members.


Communication is provided by mail (the so called ismail), talks in courses and the Heraut. The Heraut has a special positition in study association ismus as the independent news paper for political science students. The Heraut writes about every aspect relating to the study of political science like ismus, teachers and activities.

Want to become member of study association ismus?

There are two ways to become member of this fantastic study association. The first possibility is to sent a mail to info@ismus.nl. The second possibility is to come to the ismus office. You can find the ismus office at Radboud University campus, Thomas van Aquinostraat (TvA) 5, Nijmegen.