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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 first upcoming Welcoming Ceremony will take place in the Oosterpoort on 29 August 2019. We start sending out invitations in August (based on admission status) – if you have not received an invitation by 27 August, contact us at so we can send you the necessary information.

Movin' to Groningen

If you arrive at Schiphol airport on the 26 or 27th of August come and say hello to our Movin' to Groningen team who will welcome you and help you on your way to Groningen!

Welcoming Ceremony Oosterpoort
Welcoming Ceremony Oosterpoort

PARTY with us

The first edition of the one and only official Welcoming PARTY took place in the evening of Thursday 30 August 2018. Nine live acts to enjoy, snacks, making new friends and dancing the night away - they were all guaranteed. Check out the bands that were there on our Spotify playlist.

Watch the amazing aftermovie now:

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!).

Ben je een Nederlandse studiekiezer? Ga dan naar onze pagina's voor Nederlandse studenten.

Last modified:26 March 2019 12.14 p.m.