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International Student Associations

There are several international student associations at the University of Groningen. Their activities range from providing useful information and fun activities for foreign students to organising international congresses. For more information please visit their websites below.

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

AEGEE is an interdisciplinary student association, which promotes a unified Europe, cross-border co-operation, communication, integration among students.

African Student Community

African Student Community (ASC) at the University of Groningen (UG)


AIESEC is the largest student-run organization in the world, active in 130 countries and still growing. AIESEC offers internship-opportunities and voluntary projects all across the globe and stimulates participants to be more conscious of their own personal development.

ALAS: Association for Latin American Students Groningen
Founded October 2010. Open to all students from the University of Groningen from Latin America and those students from other countries who are interested in the continent. The current board consists of four students, from Mexico, Argentina and Peru. ALAS offers a social and cultural network. In addition, it is a perfect point of reference for those who consider to come study in Groningen.
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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.

Chinese Students Association Groningen (ACSS)
Association for Chinese students and scholars at the University of Groningen.
ELSA (European Law Students Association)

European Law Students Association - an organisation for law students and young lawyers in Europe and therefore also active in the Netherlands.


ESN is the organization that takes care of all the international students coming to the University of Groningen and promotes studying abroad to Dutch students.

Groningen Indian Students Association (GISA)
Association for Indian students of the University of Groningen and the Hanzehogeschool (Facebook page).
GUTSA (Groningen University Turkish Student Organization)
Association founded by Turkish students of the University of Groningen that organizes events for everyone interested in Turkish culture.

HOST is a student organization based on Christian values with the aim to provide hospitality for international students from all around the world, regardless of their background.


International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. The IFMSA is represented in 98 countries and organizes internships, congresses, workshops, lectures and a lot more.

Jong Atlantisch Samenwerkings Orgaan Nederland (JASON)

The aim of JASON is providing students a wider understanding about issues concerning international security.


Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education. Their website offers information on several subjects: Development Cooperation, Internationalization, International Recognition and Certification, the International Marketing of Dutch Higher Education, and Nuffic as Organization.


SIB-Groningen is the Student Association for International Relations, that organises a lecture and drinks every Monday evening. SIB has members of all kinds of different studies, both University and HBO students.

The TEIMUN foundation is a recognized foundation. Its dual objectives are to raise international understanding and to bring students in contact with the workings of multi-lateral diplomacy in general and the United Nations in particular. To realize these objects they organize The European International Model United Nations every year.
University Assistance Fund (UAF)

Information from UAF about the possibilities for refugees and asylum seekers to study and find work in the Netherlands.

Vietnamese Students Association in Groningen
Vietnamese Student Association in Groningen: Community, connection, exchange of all information related to learning and life in Groningen and around the world for Vietnamese students who were, are and will be studying and working in Groningen.
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