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International Student Associations

International student association

Our student community is incredibly diverse, with over 4,000 international students from over 120 countries. Find friends from a similar background or meet people from different cultures by joining one of our many international student associations. Student associations offer students a social place next to their studies. Through different connections – like a ‘jaarclub’, your house or ‘dispuut’ – students can meet fellow students from different years and join each other for example in study groups in the library. Next to this student associations offer multiple ways to spike up your organizational skills and to develop yourself in different committees and boards. In Groningen there are a lot of different student associations that you can be a member of an some of them are hundreds of years old.

Next to the general student associations there are also associations with a religious or a philosophical background.

AEGEE, Association des Etats Generaux des Etudiants de l'Europe

AEGEE is an interdisciplinary student association with some 360 members in Groningen. It hosts a summer university programme and organises excursions, events and congresses around Europe.

African Student Community

This organisation helps African students to integrate and encourages cultural exchanges between Africans and non-Africans. It organises symposiums, lectures and socials to promote awareness of certain issues within the community and hosts events to share an understanding of the culture.


AIESEC is a leadership movement and the largest youth-run organisation in the world. It encourages young students to reach their full potential through cross-cultural global internships and volunteer exchange projects around the world.

ALAS: Association for Latin American Students Groningen

American Students Groningen ALAS is open to everyone interested in Latin American culture. The association hosts games nights, lectures and dinners encouraging integration and socialising.

ACSS: Association of Chinese Students and Scholars' in Groningen
Chinese Students and Scholars in Groningen This organisation offers practical advice on how to settle in and provides a communication network for Chinese students. It also organises sports events, festivals, excursions and lectures, and has an active alumni membership, too.

BEST, Board of European Students of Technology

BEST is a European wide association for students to participate in extra curricular knowledge and skills, while roaming Europe. It does this through its seasonal courses (similar to summer schools), engineering competitions and training network. There are currently 96 local groups and RUG has now got a BEST group since May 2017.

British and Irish community in Groningen

A page dedicated to the British and Irish Community in the Province or City of Groningen, Netherlands.

ELSA (European Law Students Association)

ELSA caters to students and recent graduates of the Law programme. It’s a good association to join if you’re seeking intercultural law opportunities and a host of academic and professional events.

With the motto of ‘students helping students’, this student network hosts an introductory week every semester to help introduce new students to the city and student life – it’s a great way to get to know your fellow students. ESN-Groningen also organises 150 other events a year, ranging from pub quizzes to fancy dress parties and comedy nights.

Groningen Indian Students Association (GISA)
This association aims to bridge the gap between Indian- and other students, encouraging integration and spreading cultural awareness. It holds festivals such as Diwali and Holi and also organises other social events.

GUTSA (Groningen University Turkish Student Organization)
Turkish Student Organization) This Turkish-run student organisation regularly organises events and socials for Turkish students in Groningen and anyone else interested in learning more about Turkish culture.

HOST is an international student association based on Christian values but open to everyone. Our aim is to offer hospitality and a ‘home away from home’ to international students from all over the world.

IFMSA : International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations
IFMSA offers cultural exchange programmes, training in leadership, presentation skills and group dynamics and projects relating to human rights, public health and European education and integration.

PPI represents all Indonesian students studying in Groningen.

Saudi Student Club in Groningen
This student organisation for Saudi students in Groningen and anyone else interested in learning more about Saudi culture hosts events such as Saudi National Day and Ramadan gatherings.

SIB-Groningen: the Dutch United Nations Student Association
SIB offer a range of social activities, such as an introduction camp, galas and parties, and trips to other countries. On Mondays, there are lectures on international topics with drinks afterwards.

Vietnamese Student Organization in Groningen
This student organisation focuses on past, current and future Vietnamese students in Groningen. It helps to settle Vietnamese students into student life and culture in Groningen and promotes a sense of community and cultural exchange.

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Last modified:17 September 2021 09.19 a.m.