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Welcoming Ceremony

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) and celebrate the start of their studies in Groningen with a drink and some music.

The first upcoming welcoming ceremony will take place in the Martini Church on 31 January 2019 from 1 p.m. Invitations will be sent out via email on 17 January and 28 January 2019 (depending on time of offer acceptance). If you have not received an invitation by 29 January, contact us at so we can send you the 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!

If you arrive at Schiphol airport on the 29th of January come and say hello to our Movin' to Groningen team who will welcome you and help you on your way to Groningen! 

Welcoming Ceremony
Welcoming Ceremony
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!).

Last modified:08 January 2019 10.33 a.m.