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Kick-off activities

During the FSE -Pre-Master’s Introduction on Thursday, 31 August from 11.00-12.00 hours in room 5161.0151, we will welcome our pre-Master’s students and introduce them to the ins and outs of our faculty.

Introduction to pre-Master’s programme

Following on the FSE Pre-Master’s Introduction, all students starting their premaster for Artificial Intelligence or Computational Cognitive Science are invited for the subsequent Introductory lecture about the programme, in BB5161.0222 from 12.15- 13.15 hrs.

Your courses will start on Monday September 4; you can find the schedules for individual courses on once they are available.

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.

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Career Services FSE

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.

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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.
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

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 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 2.19 p.m.