The University organizes an official Welcoming Ceremony for all new international guests at the beginning of both the first and second semester. During the Welcoming Ceremony all new international students will be welcomed by distinguished speakers from the university, the city of Groningen and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). Students can visit the information fair to learn more about what the university and city of Groningen have to offer (in terms of, for example, sports and cultural facilities, international student associations and university facilities), join interactive workshops and celebrate the start of their time in Groningen with us.
The first upcoming welcoming ceremony will take place in the Oosterpoort on 30 August 2018 from 1 p.m. Invitations will be sent out via email on 20 July, 13 August and 24 August 2018 (depending on time of offer acceptance). If you have not received an invitation by 25 August, contact us so we can send you necessary information. Attending the ceremony is free of charge; new international students are strongly advised to attend.
The Welcoming Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow international students and staff of the university and its faculties!
PARTY with us
The one and only official Welcoming PARTY will take place in the evening of Thursday 30 August, in the Oosterpoort. Nine live acts to enjoy, snacks, making new friends and dancing the night away - all guaranteed. Catch a first glimpse of what music we've got in store for you on our Spotify playlist, and get in the mood to dance and party with us! Tickets are available online, and include a free drink and limited edition T-Shirt (design by Kevin Rooi). Get yours 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!).
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