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Welcoming Ceremony

At the beginning of each semester the university welcomes both new international Bachelor and Master students to Groningen. Distinguished speakers from the university, the city of Groningen and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) open the official Welcoming Ceremony in a short plenary session, after which students can gather lots of useful information for a great start of their time with us.

Information market and workshops

The information market with over 40 information booths presents all that the university and city of Groningen have to offer (in terms of, for example, sports and cultural facilities, international student associations and university facilities) and a variety of interesting workshops are organized to - for example - pick up a first few words of Dutch, to learn how to navigate Dutch traffic or how to get the cheapest, tastiest meals in town (summer ceremony only).

The Welcoming Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow international students, and although not compulsory, attendance is strongly advised (free of charge).

Next ceremony

The next Welcoming Ceremony will take place in the Oosterpoort on Thursday 27 August 2020. We start sending out invitations late June onwards (based on admission status) – if you have not received an invitation by August 24th, contact us at so we can send you the necessary information.

Movin' to Groningen

If you arrive at Schiphol airport on the 24th or 25th of August come and say hello to our Movin' to Groningen team who will welcome you and help you on your way to Groningen (or Leeuwarden, if you are a CF student)!

PARTY with us

On the 29th of August 2019 there were ten live acts to enjoy for all first year students, who made new friends while dancing the night away.

Listen to the line-up on our Spotify playlist, and check out the aftermovie.

ESN Introduction week

The ESN introduction week is another great way to start off your time in Groningen. Get to know your way around the city, find out where the best bars and clubs are, learn about Dutch history, watch a comedy act and learn everything about the transport (even how to ride a bike!).

Public transport in the Netherlands

Public transport card with discount for international students

RUG Groningen and ISIC have arranged a special public transport card with discount for international students.

In the Netherlands you need an OV-chipkaart to travel around with the train, bus, metro and tram. There are two possibilities :

  • An anonymous card without any discount
  • A personal card, where you need a Dutch debit card and the buying process is written in Dutch

Both options are not ideal for international students. That is why ISIC created the ISIC/OV-chipkaart, a custom-made card for international students. Buy the basic card for €15,- (including the ISIC card) and sign-up (optional) for services and discount created for international students for a small monthly fee:

  • 15% discount during off-peak hours on national railway (NS)
  • A digital ISIC card, with the best discounts in the Netherlands and the rest of the world
  • Customized application process for international students
  • Automatic top-up option (no more topping op of balance)
  • Travel data, customer service etc in ISIC mobility app
  • Public transport bike (OV-fiets) and storage

You need to sign-up for your card here , which includes the public transport card + the digital ISIC card. After confirmation you will be able to pick-up your card during the introduction on the 29 of August at the RUG Groningen.

Enjoy your stay in the Netherlands!

Order the ISIC/OV-chipkaart

Your first train ticket in the Netherlands

What to do when you arrive at Schiphol? Unfortunately you don’t have your OV-chipkaart yet, that is why ISIC offers you your first train ticket in the Netherlands for only €11,- (off peak hours) or €16,50 (peak hours).

Specially for ISIC cardholders! With this ticket you can get on board at any station in the Netherlands and decide which station you want to go to.

ISIC members or ISIC/OV-chipkaart holder can order the following tickets:

  • Train ticket during off-peak hours for €11 (normal price €26,50) = depart after 9 am on weekdays and the entire weekend.
  • Train ticket during peak hours for €16,50 (normal price €26,50) = only applicable for travel before 9 am on weekdays!

Get the one-way tickets here!

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Last modified:04 February 2020 4.17 p.m.