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Faculty of Arts

Welcoming Ceremony

Attending this programme for all new international students at the University of Groningen will help you arrange a lot of practical and legal matters in one day. The programme includes a university fair featuring information on social, cultural, language, sports, housing office, computer and other facilities. Participants will be: City Hall, AON health insurance, Immigration Authorities and many more.  

Welcoming Ceremony '19-'20 Fall Semester:

To be announced

See here for more information.

Faculty introduction

In addition to the Welcoming Ceremony, there is a welcoming event especially for exchange students of the Faculty of Arts. We will inform you about studying and student life at the Faculty of Arts. After that you can enjoy a comedy theater performance, and of course, have a drink with us and fellow (international) students at the bar.

Faculty introduction '19-'20 Fall Semester:

Wednesday, August 28

Check your official invitation for the location of the introduction.

Final course registration

In addition to the fun introduction events, you have to finalise your course registration, find out your timetable and register for seminar groups. During the introduction week, we will organise special office hours for these matters.

During these office hours you can visit us:
- if you are having problems finalising your timetable (i.e. overlapping courses, location problems etc.)
- if you have questions about adding or dropping courses.

Academic skills lecture

During the Introduction Week all exchange students at the Faculty of Arts attend our mandatory Academic Skills lecture. In this interactive lecture we'll tell you about the skills you need in order to be successful in your studies here. Topics will include: Dutch social norms, cultural differences, planning your studies, critical thinking and academic writing. We will also discuss course and exam regulations and some common mistakes exchange students make when studying in the Netherlands and at our Faculty. All in all, this lecture will give you an important last minute preparation for your exchange period!

Thursday, August 29

Check your official invitation for the location of the academic skills lecture.

Learning Agreement/Before Mobility form

If your Learning Agreement/Before Mobility form has not been signed yet, have it signed by the Mobility Office during the introduction week.


We sincerely hope you will make every effort possible to attend the introduction week.

Please realise that arriving late and missing one of the events will have serious consequences as:

  1. you may have overlap in your timetable. Solving this after the introduction week will be difficult;
  2. lecturers will not allow late arrivals to their courses;
  3. you will need to take care of the many practical and legal matters by yourself which is much more time consuming and difficult.

Students who are genuinely delayed by illness, accident, travel difficulties, bureaucratic errors or any other problems should always inform the Mobility Office well in advance!

Last modified:22 February 2019 3.33 p.m.