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Student activities

Students in the Faculty of Arts organize themselves and initiate various activities. Some make yearbooks and journals, others also have a social character and organize informal gatherings.


ASCI is the Study Association for Information Science students at the University of Groningen. The goal of the association is to serve the interests of the students and to promote contact between students and the Faculty of Arts. ASCI tries to accomplish this by organising activities, providing study materials against a reasonable price and by recruiting, binding and supporting new members. Furthermore, ASCI maintains contact with the faculty, persons, business and organisations who support the aims of the association.

To encourage contact between members, ASCI organises many social activities. There is the yearly LAN-Party, trip abroad, hitchhiking weekend and End-of-the-year-BBQ. Besides these, committees within the association are free to fill in activities with their own ideas, for instance paintballing, a pub quiz or a gaming tournament.

ASCI also thinks it is important for its members to get an idea of what their possible careers could look like and at what companies they could work. This is done by organising career related activities. Take for instance workshops, seminars or inhouse days. ASCI also keeps its members up-to-date about internships and jobs through its social media channels and website.


Bachur is the study association for all archaeology students of the University of Groningen. Next to offering various leisure activities, Bachur’s goal is to expand archaeology students’ network in order for students to find out where they would like to work. In this way, Bachur organizes various activities such as field trips and socials.


Boreas, named after the ancient Greek god of the north wind, is the study association of the bachelor Classical Studies (GLTC) and the associated master programs in Groningen. Our main goal is to bring together students with a shared passion for classical antiquity by organising a variety of activities. We organise educational events such as classically themed lecture-days or museum visits, but also leisurely gatherings such as drinks, the occasional karaoke night or our traditional Christmas dinner. We also aim to provide a safe and comfortable space for our members to come into contact with the broader world of academia and student life in Groningen, and to make new connections outside of Boreas.


Clio is the study association of International Relations & International Organization at the University of Groningen. The objective of Clio is to combine academic development and social activities to stimulate integration between students and between students and professors. Besides that, Clio wants to represent the students IRIO. To fulfill these objectives, Clio organizes a vast array of activities ranging from an annual conference to socials and parties.


Commotie is the study association for all Communication students in Groningen. Joining Commotie assures you to get the most out of your student life because we organize a wide range of educational and social activities. We provide numerous activities, such as in-house days at appealing companies (e.g. GGZ Friesland and, lectures, workshops, socials, a trip abroad and many other fun activities, which our members can mostly join for free. Members also get access to all of the fun and interesting MediaCee publications, like blogs, vlogs, articles, interviews, etc. Furthermore, our members get up to 15% discount on their study books and several discounts at restaurants, stores and other things in Groningen. Everything you do within the association is your own choice. Nothing is obligated, but if you want to do more there are multiple ways to develop yourself. For example, you can join one of our committees to gain experience in organizing activities and events!


E Pluribus Unum (EPU) is the study association for students who study American Studies. EPU’s main goal is to unite all American Studies students, both from the Bachelor and Master programs. By doing so, the study association can represent the entire student body in their interests, and provide them with ample opportunities to expand those interests. EPU organizes a vast array of activities, ranging from monthly (themed) drinks to study trips abroad.


Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe, founded in 1989 for supporting and developing student exchange.

ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing the student exchange from different levels and providing an intercultural experience also to those students who cannot access a period abroad (“internationalization at home”)

ESN Groningen is a foundation, which means that they are a non-profit organization. ESN Groningen does not have members, which means that everybody can join their activities. Just sign up at their office!


Esperia is the study association for students following the programme European Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen. The aim of Esperia is to combine academic activities which will help the students with their studies, with social activities that connect all the students in the association. Esperia frequently collaborates with other organisations in Groningen in order to provide a vast array of activities to its members.

Activities organised by Esperia include socials, company visits, pub lectures, sport related activities and an annual trip abroad. For new first year students Esperia organises all kinds of introduction activities throughout September and October, starting off with an introduction camp from the 1st - 3rd of September. For more information on the introduction period and Esperia, or to sign up for our introduction camp, you can look on our website.

GHD ubbo Emmius

GHD Ubbo Emmius is the study association of the History department at the University of Groningen. Ubbo Emmius is an association in which leisure activities and professional events are combined. For example, GHD Ubbo Emmius has set up a career committee to advise and inform its members in the field of study, internships and professions. Each year this committee organizes two trips to institutes or companies, such as the European Parliament in Brussels. In addition, every year a career conference is organized with speakers from different fields and alumni who can familiarize history students with their life after graduation. On the other hand, Ubbo organises themed parties, monthly social drinks, and cultural travels to e.g. Berlin or Prague. You can be as active within our association as you like; ranging from only participating in a specific event each year to joining one of our committees. Ubbo Emmius also allows you to have a discount on books, which is already profitable in the first block of your study. If you’re going to study History, this is a great place to make new friends, get your study material at a great price, and participate in historical & social activities in your free time!


IK stands for Instituutsvereniging Kunsten, Cultuur en Media (Institute Society of Arts, Culture and Media). It is the study association for Arts, Culture, and Media. At IK, we organise study and non-study related events. Our aim is to create an ACM community where students can meet each other and have the best experience through their studies. We want our members to feel like they belong.

Max L. Snijders

Max L. Snijders is a study association for students and former students of the master in Journalism at the University of Groningen. The main aim of Max L. Snijders is to enhance the already close ties between students during their study, which is realized by organizing lectures, monthly socials and excursions. These activities also provide members the opportunity to meet senior students and alumni.


MESA is the study association of the bachelor of Media Studies at the University of Groningen. The association aims to help the cultural and academic growth of its members as well as improve contact between them. Our goal is to support students and offer various things to them that can be beneficial and a great addition to their study period. To achieve our goals, MESA provides comprehensive study materials, including summaries, and organises various educational and social events. These events include workshops, monthly drinks, and an annual trip abroad. Furthermore, MESA plays a crucial role in promoting the Media Studies bachelor's program to both current and prospective students. This involvement extends to organising an introductory camp at the beginning of the first year, creating a welcoming experience for first-year students.


Multi is the study association of the bachelor programme Minorities & Multilingualism at the University of Groningen as well as the master Multilingualism at Campus Fryslân. Multi aims to create an atmosphere in which students can enjoy both study-related activities and undertake various leisure activities. The main activities are Coffee & Cookies sessions with lecturers, the Christmas dinner, our craft club meetups, and parties. The highlight of the year is our annual trip abroad!


For over 50 years, NUTS has been the study association of English Language and Culture and its associated masters programmes, and we are still going strong! As a member of NUTS, you unlock a whole new side of studying English. We offer something for every student: poetry, game, and movie nights, pub quizzes and lectures, arts and crafts, and career and study events! In addition to the social activities, our association offers you a listening ear, the opportunity to buy books at a reduced rate, discounts around the city, and an annual international trip! Join NUTS and live your student life to the fullest!

Check out our website or follow us on instagram (@svnuts)!

Siduri is the study association for both Bachelor and Master students of Middle East Studies at the University of Groningen. Siduri aims to create a unifying environment for its students by organizing study related activities, such as symposia, lectures and trips to various Middle-Eastern countries, but also socials and an annual Christmas dinner.


Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.

Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.


ZaZa Instituutsvereniging Nederlands is de studievereniging van de studie Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur en Taalwetenschap aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Als studievereniging voor Nederlands en Taalwetenschap kan het niet anders dan dat ZaZa naar het ons zo geliefde alfabet is vernoemd: zonder letters geen Nederlandse) taal. Neem de eerste en de laatste letter van ons alfabet, verdubbel ze, voeg een vleugje creativiteit toe en daar is onze naam: ZaZa. ZaZa heeft als doel om studenten met een passie voor de Nederlandse taal/literatuur en de taalwetenschap samen te brengen door middel van zowel studiegerelateerde als niet-studiegerelateerde activiteiten.

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