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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!



(We are currently in the process of updating the study start events for the upcoming autumn semester 2020-21)

Thursday, 27 August

Welcoming Ceremony
for all international students of the University of Groningen

Students are encouraged to join as it is a proper welcome to the university and the city, and there is a very useful information market as well.

Thursday, 27 August, time t.b.a. (invitation via email)


More information can be found here.

Friday, 28 August - Wednesday, 2 September

(Online) 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.

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!

Date t.b.a.

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.

Monday, 31 August

Start of lectures

Date t.b.a.

Workshop "Studying successfully @BSS"

Alette Arendshorst, LLM
Dr Tekke Terpstra

Date t.b.a.

Introduction to the Library

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

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 for an ESN Buddy here.

Last modified:04 June 2020 11.07 a.m.