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A study association is an organization run by a team of students from the respective bachelor’s and master’s degree programme(s). The FSE study associations organize many activities for students, including introductory camps and monthly “borrels” (informal social gatherings, often with drinks), but also more serious events such as company visits or conferences. Study associations differ from the general student associations where the degree programme is irrelevant. And study associations do not have hazing rituals.

The Board of Cover welcomes you

Dear first-year student,

Congratulations on choosing either Artificial Intelligence or Computing Science as your degree programme, you have made a great choice! We are Study Association Cover, the association for all students that study AI or CS here at the UG. We offer fun activities, a room to hang out and support for you to pass all your upcoming courses.

At the moment we are planning the introduction period together with your degree programme. This will mark the beginning of your student life here in Groningen. In this week we will organise activities to help you with a great and exciting start of your academic career. At the end of the week (i.e. the weekend) there will be an Introduction Camp. These activities will allow you to get to know your fellow students, study program, study association and student life in Groningen in general. More information on the introductory activities can be found in the other documents of the (online) information package.

Cover is the place to hang out, study and party with other students from AI and CS. For more information visit our lovely website ( and the “Study Association” document in the information package.

Be sure to sign up for Cover at, so you can attend all our awesome activities even after the Kick-off Week! We hope to see you during the Kick-off Week and many times after that at Cover activities! If you have any questions, you can always send an email to Cover at board

We wish you lots of fun and good luck with your upcoming adventure. Hopefully we will meet each other soon!

With kind regards,

The XXXIst Board of Cover

Sapere Aude

Cover Board: f.l.t.r. Cristina, Alexandra, Fabian, Thomas, Mattias
Cover Board: f.l.t.r. Cristina, Alexandra, Fabian, Thomas, Mattias

Fabian Cuza (Chairman), Alexandra Thudor (Secretary & Commissioner of Internal Affairs), Thomas Velthuis (Treasurer), Cristina Pătrașcu (Commissioner of External Affairs), Mattias van der Kolk (Commissioner of Educational Affairs)

and the XXXIIst Candidate Board of Cover

Tabea Jäkel (Candidate Chair), Diana Catana (Candidate Secretary), Arwen Moens (Candidate Treasurer), Luca Drouillet (Candidate Commissioner of Internal Affairs), Victorita Simion (Candidate Commissioner of External Affairs) and Richard Harnisch (Candidate Commissioner of Educational Affairs)

What is Cover?

Cover is the study association for students of Artificial Intelligence, Computing Science and Computational cognitive Science. Cover organises three types of activities for its members: educational, social and career events.

In terms of educational events, Cover offers study support lectures and study sessions (we had one in Cats Cafe!) and even has a tutoring system to help you get a better grasp of the course’s content. Besides this, we organise engaging events that go beyond the scope of AI/CS courses, like the yearly symposium or programming events such as The Groningen Algorithmic Programming Contest (GAPC) and hackathons.

Students at Cover education activities
Students at Cover education activities

When it comes to social activities, Cover organises a variety of fun events, from yearly galas, monthly socials and weekly free drinks in the Cover room (Thursdays at 16:00), gaming events, sport events, and more. Cover not only organises several single-day events, we also set up yearly excursions, LAN parties and more. For example, last year’s excursion was a skiing trip in Germany and Cover also organised a trip to one of Netherlands’ biggest theme parks.

Cover members at a social activity
Cover members at a social activity
Cover members at a social activity
Cover members at a social activity

As for career events, Cover maintains close contact with many companies all over the Netherlands and abroad. Cover provides plenty of networking opportunities via activities in collaboration with our sponsor companies, which consist of (lunch) lectures, workshops, hackathons and even non-career related sponsored activities (e.g. karting, ice-skating). Cover also organises a yearly Career Day in which you get to meet several companies and find out about projects that might interest you.

Cover Career Event
Cover Career Event

Cover Room

The Cover room is located in the Bernoulliborg (the big blue building) in room 5161.0041a. You can head there to socialise with your fellow members and sometimes even with staff members. Alongside that, it is a space to study, get snacks (they’re cheap) and play board/video games on the consoles (nintendo switch…). Sometimes events are hosted in the room, such as the weekly TADs (Thursday Afternoon Drinks) at 16:00, during which you can enjoy some free beverages, or the coffee mornings with staff, where you can socialise with (your) professors and lecturers over a nice cup of coffee.


Cover has over 1000 student members, about 100 of whom are active in committees. A committee consists of a number of members who work as a team to perform certain duties for the association and help make it a lively and welcoming place. For example, ActiviTee organises the majority of parties and the monthly socials, StudCee organises study support lectures to help you pass exams each period and ComExA helps organise career-related events. Joining a committee will enable you to contribute to the study association in a fun way, while gaining new skills (organisational, communication, etc.) and making new friends along the way!

For a more in-depth overview of all our committees check out our committee brochure, available soon on our committees page.

One of the goals of the association is to help improve the study programmes in collaboration with the staff members. Furthermore, we hope to welcome a whole new batch of excited first-year students,who will experience the advantages of what we have to offer. Become involved in the association and enhance your student experience!

Last modified:13 July 2023 11.56 a.m.