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ESN Introduction Week

Introduction Week September 2023

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The ESN Introduction Week is the biggest Introduction Week for international and internationally-oriented students in Groningen! It is the best way to kickstart your life in your home away from home. Join in and discover Groningen with over 1,800 other new students! 

The Introduction Week will take place from Friday, September 1st, to Wednesday, September 6th. Throughout this week, you will be able to discover everything that Groningen and its student life have to offer, while also getting to know many other students! In short, it will be an unforgettable and valuable beginning to your stay in Groningen.

During the Introduction Week, you will be put in a group with students from different countries. Your group will be guided by two Dutch or international Introduction Guides: these are students who have already lived in Groningen for a while. They will lead your group during the entire Introduction Week programme, help you get to know the city, and answer any questions you might have.

Sign-Up Days

In order for you to participate in the ESN Introduction Week, you have to come by during one of these days to pick up all the necessary items:

  • Date 1 T.B.A. 
  • Date 2 T.B.A.
  • Date 3 T.B.A.





The Programme

Since your courses will start on Monday, the events on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are taking place in the evening so you don’t miss out on anything!

A detailed programme is available below, but you can expect a lot of partying as well as sports- and culture-oriented activities! 

This is a perfect way to make new friends, explore Groningen, and learn about the Dutch language and culture! 

To get a good understanding of what the ESN Introduction Week is like, watch our Aftermovie from September 2022!

Get your Ticket now!

A ticket for the Introduction Week includes:

  • Access to the entire Introduction Week programme;
  • An ESNcard (worth €8,50) that gives you access to events organised by ESN Groningen throughout the whole year, next to local and international discounts;
  • A goodie bag filled with useful information, goodies and discount vouchers.

Price and ticket sale are not available yet.


Do you have any questions about the ESN Introduction Week or about ESN Groningen in general? You can always send us an email at

Become an Introduction Guide!

Are you a student who has already lived in Groningen for a few years? Do you know your way around the Poelestraat, the Binnenstad, and the maze of university buildings? If the answer is ‘Yes’ – become an ESN Introduction Guide and give a group of around 16 students the best start to their new life in Grunn!

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Become ESN Crew!

Are you a team player who loves a fast-paced and fun environment? Do you enjoy working in the field of events? Become part of the ESN Crew and help us organise one of Groningen’s biggest introduction weeks!

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Friday, September 1st - Meet & Eat, Opening Party

The Introduction Week will start with a Meet & Eat at your Introduction Guide's home or somewhere outside! This is a great opportunity to get to know your group and guides because soon after you will attend the Opening Party at the Suikerfabriek. There, the President of ESN Groningen will give an opening speech, and popular DJs and artists will perform.

Saturday, September 2nd - Culture Day & Comedy Show, Pub Crawl

The Saturday is devoted to culture! You will have three hours to attend a dozen of workshops at our Culture Day in different buildings in the centre of Groningen. In addition, you can also attend one of three shows by the improv comedy group Stranger Things Have Happened. In the evening, it's time to explore the Dutch student party culture by going on a Pub Crawl!

Sunday, September 3rd - Sports Day & Full Moon Party

Striking a balance in your student life is more important than you might think. Join us at the Student Sports Centre ACLO where you can try a wide variety of sports! We will celebrate the last day of your summer break with a Full Moon Party in the evening, so make sure to wear neon colors!

Monday, September 4th - Dutch Language Lessons & Band Night

Spreek jij al een beetje Nederlands? On Monday, you'll have the opportunity to learn a few extra words and sentences in Dutch that will help you get around. Once you're done with your Dutch class, we will have a chill evening with live music at the Band Night.

Tuesday, September 5th - Movie Night

Now that your classes have started and you're officially a student, it's time to relax a bit. On Tuesday, a must-watch movie will be screened exclusively for you at Groningen's biggest cinema. This is a great opportunity to recharge for the final event of the Introduction Week - the Final Dutch Party.

Wednesday, September 6th - Final Dutch Party

On the last day of the Introduction Week, we're going to end it with a blast: the Final Dutch Party! Party one last time with your Introduction Group and celebrate the start of your time here in Groningen. Make sure you're dressed in as much orange as possible! Having the Dutch flag on you is an undeniable advantage.