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Study Start Events

A good start is essential for study success and enjoying your time in Groningen. In order to make the most out of your stay in Groningen, it is necessary to get induced to your new (academic) environment. In the week before courses start, the university organizes various activities that will help you arranging  practical matters and finding your way around the university and the city. When booking your plane ticket and/or accommodation, please make sure to arrive in Groningen on time!


Read the UG Welcome guide! (new version 2018)


Monday, 27 August & Tuesday, 28 August

Movin' to Groningen

On 27 + 28 August 2018, 07:00 to 20:00, a team of friendly, enthusiastic and very helpful students will be present at Schiphol Airport to help you on your way to Groningen. Sign up here and you will be welcomed at the arrival gates!

Wednesday, 29 August

Registration day for Non-EU/Non-EEA students who need a residence permit

All non-EU students will receive an invitation for this day at the Oosterpoort from the Immigration Service Desk (ISD) to collect their ISD materials, to receive their residence permit from the IND (if ready), to register with city hall, etc. Students will be invited for different time slots throughout the day (10:00 to 17:00).

More information will be provided by the Immigration Service Desk.

Thursday, 30 August

> Welcoming Ceremony for all international students of University of Groningen

When? 13:00 to 16:00

Where? Oosterpoort, Trompsingel 27

More information can be found here. During the Welcoming Ceremony, you can also register for the ESN Introduction week. Impression Welcoming Ceremony 2017


> Welcoming Party

When? Doors open: 21:00 (first act 21:30), party ends: 02:30/03:00

Where? Oosterpoort, Trompsingel 27

Online ticket sale starts 20 July, 10 am via this link .
Online tickets: 12.50 Euro
Tickets sold at the door: 15 Euro

The tickets include a free drink and a free limited edition T-shirt.

The party will be an amazing festival with various acts, music (bands and DJs) and drinks. Students will have the chance to mingle with Dutch and other international students and to make first new friends!
Friday, 31 August - Wednesday, 5 September

ESN Introduction Week

"ESN Groningen is the biggest international student organisation in Groningen that organises more than 150 social, cultural, travel, career and sport activities throughout the year! Make sure to join the biggest event, the ESN Introduction Week from August 31 – September 5 2018! Joining this week is the perfect kick-off for your study abroad, the chance to make new friends and discover the ins and outs of Groningen! Buy your tickets here and join the Facebook group ESN Fall Semester and add our mascot George as friend to get invited to all activities. To stay up to date check out the ESN Website , Facebook and Instagram !"

Monday, 3 September


BSS Faculty Introduction for Incoming Exchange Students

The Mobility Office team will hold an introductory presentation on important practical and study-related matters. You will need this information in order to make the most of your exchange semester @BSS. You will also receive your welcome kit. After the presentation, you are invited to take part in a social activity through which you will get to know your fellow exchange students and make first friends! More information will follow soon.

13:00 - 17:30 (exact programme see email)

Presentation: Munting building, room 0161 (Kouwerzaal)
Social activity: City centre (location to be announced the same day)

Monday, 3 September

Start of lectures

Check schedule generator for exact start date of your lectures!

Wednesday, 5 September


Introduction to the Library

This introduction will start with a short presentation on the library services and finishes with a tour through the building.

Group 1 (family names A-L): 13:00-14:00
Group 2 (family names M-Z): 14:00-15:00

University of Groningen Library
Broerstraat 4, 9712 CP Groningen
Jantina Tammes room (4th floor)


Open Office Hours - Get your confirmation of arrival signed!

14:00 - 16:00

Heymans building, 1st floor, at the Student Service Desk

Thursday, 6 September

Opening Academic Year 2018-19 @ Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

"The World of Grunn? Internationalization at the Faculty of BSS"

Keynote by Geert ten Dam, President University of Amsterdam: "Social Cohesion and Internationalization"

When? Walk-in: 15:45 - Start: 16:00

Where? Kouwerzaal (Munting building, room 0161)

Friday, 7 September


Workshop "Studying successfully @BSS"

Group 1: Family names A – D
9:30 – 10:30, Heymans building, Hv. 0320 (3rd floor)

Group 2: Family names E – L
9:30 – 10:30, Heymans building, Hv.0321 (3rd floor)

Group 3: Family names M – Q
11:00-12:00, Heymans building, Hv. 0320 (3rd floor)

Group 4: Family names R – Z
11:00-12:00, Heymans building, Hv.0321 (3rd floor)

Alette Arendshorst, LLM
Dr Tekke Terpstra


Open Office Hours - Get your confirmation of arrival signed!

10:00 - 12:00

Heymans building, 1st floor, at the Student Service Desk

ESN Buddy Program: Sign up for the buddy program of ESN Groningen ! Your buddy can pick you up from the station, help you get through the first few days after your arrival and can help you with some practical things that need to be done. Your buddy will help you further with getting familiar with activities of the association and all the other possibilities of extra-curricular activities provided for you!

Last modified:18 September 2018 4.58 p.m.