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Dual Career Support

What can the UG offer to my spouse/partner?

The University of Groningen (UG) offers assistance and support to the accompanying spouses and partners of newly hired staff in their times of relocation and integration into their new life in Groningen.

Dual Career Support (DCS) facilitates career related workshops and voluntary positions, organizes networking events, provides language learning meetings, and other opportunities for the partners to develop themselves. We also offer information about local services, and local culture to help to smooth out their integration process.


To register, please fill out the form below and send the completed form to dualcareer


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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