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Kick-off activities

During the Kick-off Activities you will be introduced to the faculty, the degree programme, the study association(s), and most of all, to your fellow students. These activities are labeled as ‘Kick-off Activities’ in the schedule. We strongly encourage you to attend these.

Kick-off Schedule

Timetables may change, make sure to check times/locations on

Date Time What Location
Friday 1 September 2023 10:00 - 17:00 hrs Faculty Introduction Day by study association Pharmaciae Sacrum

Faculty of Medical Sciences at Antonius Deusinglaan 1

Monday 4 September 2023 9:30 - 11:00 hrs

Kick-off lecture ‘Introduction to your degree programme’ by your academic advisor

3219.0061 (ADL1)

Monday 4 September 2023

11:00 - 12:00 hrs
15:00 - 17:00 hrs

Start of the first courses 'Professionalism in Pharmacy 1'
and 'Molecular Biology of the Cell 1'

Blauwe Zaal (UMCG)

Blauwe Zaal (UMCG) (

Monday 4 September 2023

Between 13:00 - 15:00 hrs, check; groep 2 and 7 Tuesday 5 Sept

First mentor meeting (90 minutes)

Tuesday 5 September 2023

9.30 - 16.30 hrs

Information market

Energy Academy

8-10 September 2023

15:00 Friday - 14:30 Sunday

Introduction Weekend by study association Pharmaciae Sacrum

Kampeerboerderij The Loryann, Houtwal 11, Bakkeveen

Introduction to the degree programme

Faculty Introduction Day

A PDF with all the information about the Faculty Introduction Day (that is also given below) is here available for download.

The Faculty Introduction Day is the ideal opportunity to learn about the Pharmacy degree programme, the study association (G.F.S.V. “Pharmaciae Sacrum”) and to get to know your future fellow students. The day will take place on Friday the 1st of September 2023. You will be expected at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Antonius Deusinglaan 1 at 10.00h. Bus numbers 1, 3, 4 and 10 stop at the closest bus stop, ‘UMCG Noord’. See pictures 1 and 2 for the location and view of the entrance.

Picture 1 (location)

Picture 2 (entrance)

The programme starts at 10.30h, and will include a short talk of the study advisors about the Bachelor degree program in Pharmacy. Various committees and the board of the study association will introduce themselves briefly. There will also be a tour around the Faculty to show you where you will be studying. The tour also includes your first pharmaceutical practical!

You will be able to join G.F.S.V. “Pharmaciae Sacrum” during the day too, assuming you have not already done this during the summer holiday. Membership gives you a discount on study books, the ability to buy laboratory supplies and the chance to go to all kinds of exciting activities throughout your study career.

During the day you will also get to know your P.S. mums and dads. Together with you and your fellow students, they will guide you through the day. After the part on the faculty it is time for some drinks and a pubquiz. The location will be announced later. The P.S. mums and dads will provide a lovely meal in the evening. To conclude the day an Introduction Party will be organized. We advise you to bring money and a bike.

So do not waste any time and sign up for the Pharmacy Introduction Day, so you will get the best possible start of the Academic Year! You can sign up starting from the 1st of July 2023 via  You will find an overview of all the introduction activities by the study association Pharmaciae Sacrum here.

Kick-off lecture ‘Introduction to your degree programme’

On Monday 4 September at 9.30 AM in room 3219.0061 (see your academic advisor will give more information about the programme, what to expect in the first year, study support and studying while experiencing extraordinay circumstances. To ensure a good start of your studies, make sure to be present at this very important introduction.

Information Market

The Information Market will be held on Tuesday, 5 September in the main hallway of the Energy Academy. It offers an opportunity for you to get all the information that you may need to start your journey here at the FSE outside the standard information regarding your programme.

The organisations listed below will all be present at the market. There will also be poffertjes and a barista available outside the venue throughout the day!


Hi! We are @ease: a place where young volunteers are available for other young people who would like to comfortably clear their thoughts and get things off their chest. The volunteers are young people just like you, there for you whenever you need to talk. Free of charge, anonymous, as many times as you’d like. You will be talking to people of similar age, many of which are also students. @ease is there for everybody in the age range of 12 to 25.

Come talk to us at any time during your stay at Groningen. In Groningen we are available for in person conversations every Tuesday afternoon, you can also chat with us online: every Monday to Thursday.

Find us at

Confidential Advisor

If you experience undesirable behaviour ((sexual) intimidation, discrimination, bullying, aggression, stalking, unequal or unfair treatment) while studying at the University of Groningen you can always contact the confidential advisor, Marjolein Renker.

The confidential advisor offers individual support and assistance to students and staff.

The confidential advisor will help you look for a way to resolve the undesirable situation and provide guidance in this process. Where necessary the confidential advisor will refer you to other specialists inside or outside the university.

The confidential advisor is independent and will only take follow-up steps with the explicit permission of the student concerned.

Undesirable behaviour can cause stress and mental and physical health problems. it is important not to keep it to yourself but to talk to someone!


Confidential Advisor: Marjolein Renker

Address: Visserstraat 47 Groningen (centre of the city)

T 050 363 54 35

M 06 11 15 22 13

Honours College

Hi first year student! Are you looking for an extra challenge? Do you like to show initiative and want to develop your talents? Do you have a broad interest? Then the Honours College Bachelor programme might be something for you!

The BA Honours Programme is designed for students who want to get more out of themselves and their academic training. It is a complementary programme of 45 ECTS that you can follow alongside your regular Bachelor’s degree programme without having to pay an extra tuition fee. The programme lasts 2,5 years and is themed around deepening of your regular programme and broadening of knowledge and understanding with a broader view. On that account the interdisciplinary approach will be very important, next to intensifying the knowledge of your own Bachelor's degree programme. Together with students from all faculties you will look into scientific and social issues from different disciplinary angles.

Why should you do the Honours College?

You will get intensive education in a small group setting with like-minded, motivated students. And in the broadening part you get the chance to develop yourself personally and broaden your knowledge of disciplines of other faculties. Want to get better in research? In the deepening part you will dive deeper into disciplines of your faculty and develop your academic skills and mind-set via your own Research Projects and by offering modules.

After completing the Honours Programme you will receive an Honours record on your Bachelor's Diploma Supplement along with a Letter of Recommendation from the Rector Magnificus of the University of Groningen and the Dean of the Honours College. This gives you a head start when applying for a position in science, business or government.

Q&A Session

Want to know what the Honours College exactly is? Is it fun? Yes it is! What does it exactly entail? And what do I do in the deepening part? Is the programme tough? How do I apply? What is important in my application? Please join the Q&A session for all the answers. A current Honours College student will also be present to answer your questions. I hope to meet you!

Additional Information:

Applications for the Honours College BSc programme will take place at the beginning of 2022 and more information will be provided closer to the time. If you still have queries before then, please refer to and

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)Team

Who are we?
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Team, a unit which consists of trainers and project managers.  

What do we do?
We work towards celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion and equity at FSE.

How do we realize that?

  • We promote and implement inclusive and equitable practices in teaching and learning
  • We foster an inclusive community of students and staff at FSE-  where : each member feels acknowledged, respected and valued
  • where each feels they belong and can contribute substantially.

What can we do for you?

  • D&I Trainingsevery year, we deliver trainings that enhance the inclusive skillset of Teaching Assistants (TAs), mentors and Study Associations members.
  • “Be Proud @FSE” contact us if you feel different from other FSE students (who, in majority, are white, Dutch/ EU, cis-gender, heterosexual, etc…) and feel disadvantaged, disengaged,  demotivated or discriminated against because of that…
  • Work experience: on a regular basis, our team needs interns or student assistants to help us create a more inclusive FSE community.

How to reach us?
Email us!

International Welcome Centre North

The IWCN is the contact point for information about living in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe. We have a large range of meticulously-researched and continuously-updated information, and we also provide information about working in the Netherlands as an International.

IWCN Poster

Language Centre

What can we do for you?

Are you a student and do you want to work on your language skills and intercultural understanding? At the Language Centre you can improve both! Sign up for one of our many courses, have your language level tested, or visit our free online portal for academic communication skills.

Language training

  • Dutch, English, Spanish, German, Japanese and more
  • E-learning: free Introduction to Dutch MOOC on

Language testing

  • Language Centre English Test (LCET)
  • Tests in other languages

Academic communication skills

  • Dutch and English
  • Writing and publishing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Publishing in English
  • E-learning: free online portal with ‘how-to’ videos!

Intercultural training

Crossing borders | Studying abroad: a new adventure!

Our online Crossing borders courses help you to develop your intercultural competences both before and while abroad

For more information and registration:


T 0031 50 363 5802


New Energy Academy

The energy transition needs both skilled professionals and excellent researchers with a broad perspective on what is happening in the world. This is why we take an interdisciplinary and multilevel approach and collaborate closely with the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Together we enable you to become the energy professional the world needs.

The extracurricular programme of New Energy Academy prepares you for the energy system of the future.

For more information, visit our website:

Student Administration Office

The Student Administration FSE assists all prospective and current students, alumni and staff. On working days and during office hours, we always strive to be present with one or more people. You can visit us without an appointment.

The Student Administration FSE can help all prospective, current students and alumni with matters such as:

Student Service Centre

The Student Service Centre (SSC) is the centre of expertise in student counselling at the University of Groningen. Student counsellors, psychologists and trainers work at the SSC to help you with your studies in various areas. You can choose from a wide range of support facilities, including: information and advice, individual interviews, short-term therapy and a range of workshops and training courses. Together, we prevent and limit any obstacles that you may encounter during your studies, so that you can develop yourself optimally.

The SSC kindly invites all FSE students to watch our online video presentations regarding various support topics that may become relevant during your study time in Groningen. These digital information sessions are available here.This website also contains additional written information about many interesting support topics.

Topics that will be tackled in our video presentations include:

  • Courses / workshops for study support, organised by the trainers
  • Psychological / mental support offered by the psychologists
  • Information and advice from the student counsellors
  • Financial support from the Graduation Fund / profileringsfonds
  • Studying with a functional impairment or chronic disease
  • Exam facilities
  • Modern Migration legislation for non-EU/EEA students

Representatives of the SSC will be available during the FSE Information Market in September, to answer any remaining questions that you may have about our services.

Mobility, Internship & Career Services (MIC)
  • Looking for a challenge alongside your studies?
  • Want to prepare for your career?
  • Want to broaden your skills and experiences outside your study programme?

If one of the answers is ‘yes’ then the MIC is the place to be! To ensure that your skills align with the demands of today's labor market, the MIC offers a range of services to support your personal and professional development. From Career workshops on communication and assistance with writing a CV to virtual internships and a mobility abroad. Within our office you will find a team of dedicated professionals, passionate about helping you succeed!We look forward to meeting you at MIC!

Thinking about going abroad during your Bachelor's programme?The Mobility, Internship & Career Services (MIC) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering assists FSE-students with studying abroad, and international students with studying at the FSE for short periods. We know that arranging an exchange can be a time consuming matter. You need to take care of a lot of things and start well in advance! The Mobility, Internship & Career Services (MIC) of FSE would like to guide you through the steps you need to take.So, visit us if you:

  • are interested in going abroad during your Bachelor's programme,
  • would like to find out about the options to go abroad,
  • would like to know what the requirements are to be able to go abroad,
  • would like to know what the advantages of going abroad can be,
  • have any other exchange related questions you would like to ask

Internships of Mobility, Internships & Career Services is the central point of contact for practical information about internships. This involves among other things funding options, insurance and support in the process of finding research options. By internships we mean internships, research projects and all other outplacements when the outplacement does not involve course work.

What do we do at Internships?
We inform and assist outgoing students in the process of finding an internship or a research project (national and international);

  • We inform outgoing students about the scholarship possibilities;
  • We Inform and assist incoming students with the practical matters such as registration;
  • We check internship agreements.

Career Services
We welcome you to the Faculty of Science and Engineering. You are about to start your studies. You might not realize, but in the coming years you will prepare yourself for your future career. Alongside your study programme, where you will gain the necessary academic knowledge and skills, it is important to develop your soft skills that will help you in your future career. Career Services FSE is here to help you with exactly that. (*) Links below only work when you are logged in as a student.

What do we offer at Career Services?

  • Vacancy database
    Looking for a job as a student assistant or teaching assistant? Lecturers and other employees of the FSE work with student assistants and teaching assistants to get all the work at the faculty done. A lot of students work as a student assistant or teaching assistant, it is a paid, usually part time, job alongside your studies. Looking for a job as a student assistant or teaching assistant? Please visit the Career Tab on the student portal for job vacancies for student assistants or for teaching assistants.
  • Checks of CV, motivation letter and LinkedIn profile & photo shoots
    Found a job you want to apply for? Please visit the Career Services Desk FSE on tour for free advice and tips on your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Also valuable when you apply for a student assistant or teaching assistant job. You can also have your profile picture taken at the desk on tour.
  • Workshops
    Career Services organizes (online) workshops so you can develop skills necessary for your future job(s). During career workshops you mostly develop your soft skills, such as networking and how to make a job interview a success. While your study programme does not teach you these skills, developing them is necessary to get and keep a job after you graduate.
  • FSE Career Day
    The FSE Career Day is a yearly event where all FSE students are welcome to participate in all kinds of activities to help you prepare for your future career. The target audience of the FSE Career Day is master students, however all FSE students are more then welcome to join. The next FSE Career Day takes place on May 15, 2024 in the FSE buildings at Zernike. More information will follow closer to the event.
  • Career activities at the study associations
    Where the activities of Career Services focus on getting to know yourself and developing yourself and your skills, the study associations focus on helping you to  connect to the labour market. We highly recommend you to join your study association so you can also take part in their career activities.

Teacher Training Programmes

You can obtain a Teaching Qualification for Dutch high-schools for the subjects Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computing Science or Biology during or after your studies at FSE. Find us at the information market to discover the different options.

Global & Intercultural Engagement Distinction (GIED)

We all live, work and study in an increasingly global and interconnected world. To help prepare students for work in an international and intercultural (research) team and an increasingly global workplace, FSE offers the 30 ECTS extracurricular Global & Intercultural Engagement Distinction (GIED) programme to both Bachelor and Master's students. GIED will help you increase your language and intercultural skills, and your labour market value.

For more information visit

Escape Room

On Thursday, 7 September 2023, there will be an escape room game organised by Expinc on the Zernike Campus. Limited spots are available. The sign-up will be organised in mentor groups and your mentor will sign your team up.

Introduction Camp

A great way to get to know your fellow students as soon as possible, is the Introduction camp, organized by the study association of your degree programme.

The Introduction Weekend

A PDF with all the information about the introduction weekend (that is also given below) is here available for download.

The Introduction Weekend will be held after the first week of lectures, on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September in Bakkeveen. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to discover the world of G.F.S.V. “Pharmaciae Sacrum’’ with your new fellow students and future friends. But you will not only meet each other, as the weekend also serves as an introduction to all the P.S. committee members and lots of other members of the association. Several fun activities will be organized and, of course, themes parties in the evenings that will be difficult to forget!

We will leave for Bakkeveen at 16:45h on September 8 by bus. The buses will be ready and waiting at Groningen Centraal Station from 16:30h. Do not be late or you will risk missing the weekend! The Introduction Weekend will be held at ‘The Loryann’ farm camp site. The address is: Houtwal 11, in Bakkeveen.

The program for the Introduction Weekend is shown below:

Friday 8th of September

16.30h Gathering at Groningen station for departure
16.45h Departure to Bakkeveen
19.00h Dinner
20.30h First-year Committee (FYC) Activity
22:00h First party: Kid Shows, A trip down memory lane
02.30h End of the first party

Saturday 9th of September

08.30h Get up
09.00h Breakfast
10.00h Morning/Afternoon activity
16.00h Committee rounds
19.30h Dinner
22.00h Second party: Safari
02.30h End of the second party

Sunday 10th of September

09.30h Get up
10.00h Breakfast
11.00h Tidy up and cleaning
13.00h First-years Committee (FYC) 2023-2024 election and group photo
13.30h Departure back to Groningen

The Introduction Weekend is the ideal way to get to know your fellow students! You must be a member of P.S. to participate. Go to to register at P.S. and sign up for this unforgettable camp! You can sign up starting from the 1st of July 2023. For more information, you can send an email to board or you can have a look in the introduction booklet!

Packing list Introduction Weekend

  • Outfit for the first themed party: ‘Kid Shows, A trip down memory lane’ (think about movie - or cartoon characters)
  • Outfit for the second themed party ‘Safari’ (e.g. animals, rangers, you name it!)
  • Old clothes (doesn’t matter if it will become dirty) or sport clothes with a plastic bag
  • Second set of clothes
  • Comfortable (old) shoes
  • Money for drinks at the parties (debit card)
  • ID (for alcohol wristbands)
  • Medication (if necessary)
  • Sheet & Pillowcase
  • Sleeping bag/duvet
  • Toiletries
  • Pyjamas
  • Towel for the shower
  • Flip-flops for the shower
  • Plate/cup/cutlery
  • Old tea towels and towels
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle for water
  • Eggs
  • A good mood
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