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About ESN Groningen

ESN Groningen is a student organisation that is part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). ESN Groningen is focused on the motto “students helping students” and this is achieved by organising over 150 activities for international students throughout the year, including a huge Introduction Week at the beginning of each semester to ensure that new international students have the best possible start that they can in Groningen.

ESN Groningen is organised for students, by students. The ESN Groningen board consists of six students who work full-time in order to provide the best possible experience for international students in Groningen.

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Pelsterstraat 23
9711 KH Groningen
050 363 7176

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesdag
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 13.00 - 16:00
  • 13.00 - 16:00
  • 13.00 - 16:00
  • 14.00 - 19:00
  • 13.00 - 16:00
  • Closed
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Do you have any questions?

How can I be active within ESN?

With an ESN card you can buy tickets for all our events, you also receive the weekly newsletter. You can become active in one of our committees. We usually look for new committee members in May, and January. You can also become a board member if you want to commit yourself to ESN for one year full time. We look for a new board around March. If you don’t want to involve yourself that much into ESN, you can also help out during the Introduction Weeks as an Introduction Guide or Volunteer, become a buddy, or volunteer in SocialErasmus activities.

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How do I become a member?

You become an ESN member by buying an ESNcard for €7.50. This card is valid for one year.

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What are your visiting hours?

Our office is at Pelsterstraat 23 and open from Monday to Friday between 13.00 and 16.00. On Thursdays we are open between 14.00 and 19.00. You can pay at our office only by card.

I feel overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, where can I go?

If you ever feel the need to talk to someone about personal or confidential matters, you can always reach out to one of the confidential advisors of the Executive Board of ESN Groningen:  Mingke Schilstra (Integration Coordinator, +31 6 42256202) or Jelle Haisma (Treasurer, +316 21859119) If you feel more comfortable talking to someone outside of ESN Groningen, we can refer you to All Ears.

All Ears is an initiative that provides a listening ear for students. For most students their student time is a period in which major changes take place, a time when they are confronted with existential questions, a formative time in their lives. But sometimes they hardly get an opportunity to really come to grips with it: many students rush through their courses because of the pressure to graduate with a minimum of delay. It is understandable that students get stuck and feel they are floundering, sometimes leading to unpleasant consequences for their health and their studies.

You may find yourself struggling with problems or questions that require understanding and a “listening ear”. It can be a great help just to be able to talk to someone outside your own circle, e.g. to an All Ears worker. All Ears workers are not students themselves, but they are in close contact with students through their professional or personal background. Hence they have an intimate knowledge of the kind of problems “being a student” entails. These talks are low-threshold and without obligation. You can drop by without an appointment. Everything you discuss remains completely confidential. You can find more information on their website.