Services and support
DCS offers a variety of services and support for its registered member participants. Please click on the drop down menu to see the full list.
SPR (staff sport association)
During your first year after your arrival in Groningen, you have the opportunity to take part in the SPR staff sport association at a staff rate. You can participate for a maximum of one year. For SPR membership: Please fill out the form on the website of SPR and mention that you are a partner of staff.
Language classes at UG
DCS members are entitled to receive a 10% discount on the fees of the Dutch language classes of RUG Talencentrum. To receive the discount, please contact us.
Individual career support
If your spouse or partner is on a contract for more than 2 years with UG, you are eligible for individual career guidance. This service is unfortunately not available for spouses/partners of PhD candidates. However, we offer individual advice on CV and motivation letters and provide assistance in the job interview preparation to those who regularly attend our career workshops.
Update on latest developments
You will be informed about the latest developments in regards to our services and offers. We also will inform you about the vacancies within and outside of UG that are suitable to your background and career ambitions.
We all know that relocating to another country and finding your way around isn’t always an easy task. This is why DCS offers buddy support for our newcomers to find answers to their questions and challenges they face by connecting newcomers to our member partners who have lived in the Netherlands and Groningen more than 2 years and who are keen on sharing their experiences. Would you like us to find you a buddy? After your registration, you may sign up for an orientation meeting with one of our advisers. Based on the information provided during the meeting, the adviser will connect you with a buddy.
A one-year free membership of the Public Library is possible! Send an email with the subject ‘free membership Public Library’ to us and attach a copy of your ID-card.
The HR Information Desk
HR Information Desk can help you with university related questions. See Practical Matters if you have questions about administrative issues you have to deal with as incoming family of UG staff, such as visa, residence permits, registration at Groningen City Hall, obtaining a citizen service number (BSN), bank affairs, health insurance, finding housing, taxes and so on.
In order to make your move to the Netherlands as easy as possible, (salaried) newcomers from abroad are offered a year-long Connect International membership for free. The UG also offers two hours of personal advice for free to its newly hired staff and this you wil find in the employment contract. However, this does not include search of housing.
Immigration Service Desk
The ISD can help you with visa and residence permits.
Career Services advises students, graduates and alumni of the University of Groningen on career issues. They offer interesting workshops and provide useful tips and/or factsheets on job search, self knowledge, personal branding, entrepreneurship, LinkedIn, CV, application letters, job interviews and job negotiations. Their factsheets are also available at their venue, located at the corner of Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 19, near the Academy building.
University Newspaper (UK)
The UK is the independent newspaper of the UG, bringing you the daily news and articles on things that matter to the university staff and students, in both Dutch and English.
The University of Groningen offers free vitality coaching sessions by our life coach Linda van den Bovenkamp.
International Welcome Center North (IWCN)
IWCN is a one-stop shop for internationals. They offer international UG-staff and other expats help with government formalities, information, and social activities.
Humanitas volunteers provide social support and help in learning the language.
The Municipality website provides essential information for newcomers.
Dutch Government Immigration
Take a look at the government site in relation to immigration.
Groningen.nl intends to help new and current residents to find their way in Groningen.
City Central connects new residents to local life to help them to integrate, contribute and feel at home.
Metis is an organization for women growing together through meaningful projects and activities.
The Northern Times
The Northern Times posts the actual news from Groningen, Drenthe and Fryslân in English.
As the name suggests, VisitGroningen helps you and your family to plan and to have the perfect stay in the city of Groningen and the province as a whole.
Ticket booking for concerts and performances.
The Netherlands and you
This is a website for all Dutch representations worldwide.
JustLanded covers topics like visas, housing, jobs and finance.
I am expat
I am expat provides a variety of topics of interest and services for expats.
Expatica is an expat guide to the Netherlands.
Welcome to the Netherlands
Would you like to learn more about working en living in the Netherlands?
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