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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!

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STUDY START EVENTS AUTUMN SEMESTER/ FULL-YEAR 2019-20

Monday,
12 August
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Friday,
16 August

KEI-Week

The KEI-week is the general introduction week for students in the city of Groningen. In one week you will get to know the city and everything it has to offer you. The programme contains a total of 19 events, ranging from cultural events to parties.
Exchange students that arrive very early might want to join the KEI-week.

Monday,
26 August
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Tuesday,
27 August

Movin' to Groningen

On Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August 2019, 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,
28 August

Immigration Day

The Immigration day for Non-EU students is a day for students to register with city hall, pick up their residence permit card from IND (if ready), and receive other useful information where required. They will be invited in certain time slots throughout the day - emailed to them personally by the ISD.

When?
10:00-17:00

Where?
De Oosterpoort, Trompsingel 27

Thursday,   
29 August

Welcoming Ceremony
for all international students of the University of Groningen

When?
13:00-16:30

Where?
De Oosterpoort, Trompsingel 27

More information can be found here.

Thursday,
29 August

Welcoming Festival

This festival will have a mix of Dutch and international students present and have various stages with different acts.

When?
22:00-02:00

Tickets will be sold (price t.b.d.). More information t.b.a.

Friday,
30 August
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Wednesday,
4 September

ESN Introduction Week

ESN Groningen is organising the Introduction Week for all new incoming exchange students! It is the biggest introduction week for international students in Groningen.

Information and registration: see here

Erasmus Student Network (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! To stay up to date check out the ESN Website , Facebook and Instagram !

Monday,
2 September

>>> MANDATORY!

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 will have the possibility to ask questions and get your certificate of arrival signed (if required by your home university).

When?
Presentation: 11:00 (sharp!) - 12:00
Questions & answers + signing certificate of arrival: 12:00-12:30

Where?
Munting building, 1st floor, room 0161

Monday,
2 September

Start of lectures

Check schedule generator for the exact start date of your lectures!

Most BSS courses start in the week of 10 September.

Tuesday,
3 September

>>> MANDATORY!

Workshop "Studying successfully @BSS"

When + where?

10:30 (sharp!) -11:30

Group 1 (family names A-D)
Group 2 (family names E-K)

12:00 (sharp!) - 13:00

Group 3 (family names L-R)
Group 4 (family names S-Z)

Location t.b.a.

Tutors:
Alette Arendshorst, LLM
Dr Tekke Terpstra

Tuesday,
3 September

BSS Social event: Photo Challenge and Get-Together

When?
15:00 (sharp!) - 18:00

Where?
We meet in the Munting building, 1st floor, room 0161.
The activity will take place in the city centre and finishes in a down-town pub with drinks!

Wednesday ,
4 September

>>> MANDATORY!

Introduction to the Library

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

When?
Group 1 (family names A-L): 14:00 (sharp!) - 15:00
Group 2 (family names M-Z): 15:00 (sharp!) - 16:00

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

ESN Buddy Program

Would you like to already know someone in Groningen before your arrival? Would you like to know a bit more about The Netherlands and Groningen? Would you like to have someone who can help you with your questions during your time in Groningen? The Buddy program makes all of this possible for you, by linking you to a local student. Having a Buddy is a nice way to get in touch with students who can introduce you to (student) life in Groningen. Your Buddy can help you with all kinds of practical things that need to be done, and give you some tips on how to get to Groningen, what places you need to go to in the city to do groceries, have drinks or where to party. Of course he/she can also help you with all the other questions that might arise prior to or during your stay in Groningen!

Apply here for a buddy!

Last modified:19 July 2019 11.19 a.m.