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Dual Career Support

What can the UG offer to my spouse/partner?

Dual-Career Support offers support and advice to partners of new academic staff members of the University of Groningen. Our team helps newcomers to build their social and professional networks within the city of Groningen.

Professionally, our career support consists of a personal intake meeting and (if necessary) follow-up meetings with one of our Job Coaches for job application support. This includes a complementary CV check and DCS partners can also apply for UG vacancies as an internal candidate.

Socially, DCS assists partners in building their network by facilitating opportunities to meet other internationals and enjoy cultural and social events. During the first year of employment of your partner, DCS members receive various benefits, like a discount to the Sports Organization of the UG, SPR and taking part in courses of our University health program Balans. If you want to learn Dutch, you can sign up for language courses at the Language Centre with a one-time discount of € 75,-.

There is a LinkedIn group for registered DCS partners, where vacancies are posted on a weekly basis and we keep members updated on fun events and social activities.

DCS works in close collaboration with external partners like the International Welcome Center North (IWCN), which provides information on various topics related to living in the Netherlands and organizes social events for internationals and Make it in the North, a job-platform for Internationals  looking for employment within the northern provinces of the Netherlands.

For more information or in case you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via: dualcareer


Click here to sign up.


You are eligible to the services of DCS if:

  • you are the spouse or partner of a new staff member at the UG;
  • you are about to relocate to Groningen (area) around the time of the first appointment of your partner or spouse or have done so in the past two years.

Our services are available to you for a period of two years after registration.

If you relocated to Groningen together with your spouse more than two years ago and you have not made a request previously due to - for example - caring for family members, studying or health related matters, then please feel welcome to contact us.

If the main academic contract of your spouse is with the UMCG, you may make a request to DCS to participate in our workshops.

What to expect from us

What can you expect from us once we confirm your request for registration?

  • You will receive a welcome letter providing further details on our services and emails with helpful information on a monthly basis.
  • You may request for an orientation meeting with a DCS adviser to discuss your individual needs and goals.
  • You will receive invitations for our meetings and workshops, and our DCS newsletters twice a year.
  • As a registered participant of DCS, you may apply for the internal vacancies of the UG.* All UG support staff vacancies are published on the intranet of the UG for five working days to give members of staff and partners the opportunity to apply first before they are published on the public UG website. When applying for these UG internal vacancies, please state on your CV: ‘Internal candidate for UG vacancies as registered participant of Dual Career Support'. Note: Spouses/partners of UMCG staff are not considered internal candidates for UG vacancies.

    *Your welcome letter includes the link to the internal vacancies. Can't find the link? Contact us through dualcareer

  • Upon your request, our DCS advisers can help you revise your CV and motivational letter and identify appropriate employment opportunities inside and outside of UG. If your partner has a contract of more than two years, you ar eligible for individual career support. For more information please contact us.
  • You are eligible to apply for volunteering opportunities within DCS and the university as a whole, depending on your background and career prospects.
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