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ESN Introduction Week

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Introduction Week of September 2022

The ESN Introduction Week is the biggest Introduction Week for international and internationally oriented students in Groningen! It is the best way to start your time in this city. Discover Groningen with 2000 new students, get to know each other and have an incredible beginning of your time in the Netherlands.

From Friday, the 2nd of September, until Wednesday, the 7th of September 2022, ESN Groningen is organising the ESN Introduction Week for all international and internationally oriented students!

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 of 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 1 or 2 Introduction Guides: these are Dutch or international students that have lived in Groningen for a longer period of time. 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:

  • Wednesday, the 31st of August (for all students) 
    • 10:00-16:00 at the Academy Building (Broerstraat 5)
  • Thursday, the 1st of September (for University of Groningen students at the Welcome Day)
    • 14:00-16:00 at Martiniplaza (Leonard Springerlaan 2)
  • Friday, the 2nd of September (for Hanze University of Applied Sciences students at the Welcome Day).
    • 10:45-13:30 at Van OlstBorg (Zernikeplein 7)



The Programme

Since your courses will start on Monday the 5th of September, ESN will just offer an evening programme on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so you can still attend your lectures without missing anything from the programme!

During the week, you and your group will participate in our Pub Crawl and Opening Party, Culture Day, Sports Day, a Comedy show, Dutch Language Lessons, a Band Night, a Movie Night and a closing night including a fun Dutch Party! 

It’s the perfect way to meet new people, explore your new city, and learn about the Dutch language and culture! 

This after movie shows you what the ESN Introduction Week experience is like:


A ticket for the Introduction Week costs €37,50 which 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; 
  • And most importantly, a great time while meeting a lot of new people!

The ESN Introduction Week is SOLD OUT! 

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

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Friday, 2nd of September

The Introduction Week will start with the Kick-Off on Friday afternoon where you will meet your group and Introduction Guides! The President of ESN Groningen will give a lovely speech and afterwards you will have dinner with your group. After that, there is a Pub Crawl where you will visit several bars in the city centre of Groningen, the final destination will be PALACE where the opening party will be!

Saturday, 3rd of September

During the day programme of Saturday, you can get fit during the Sports Day or attend many fun cultural activities during the Culture Day. At night, you will attend a delicious dinner before enjoying a great comedy show!

Sunday, 4th of September

During the day programme of Sunday, you can get fit during the Sports Day or attend many fun cultural activities during the Culture Day. In the evening you can enjoy a fun theme party at the PALACE Club.

Monday, 5th of September

On Monday afternoon there will be Dutch Language Lessons which can be very useful for your time here in the Netherlands! Afterwards, the evening will be filled with live music at the Band Night! During this night there will be performances by two bands who will play many fun songs for you to sing along to and enjoy!

Tuesday, 6th of September

On Tuesday evening you can relax at the Movie Night at Pathé. A fun movie will be played and you can recharge for the final day of the Introduction Week!

Wednesday, 7th of September

On the last day of the Introduction Week, we end it with a blast: the Final Dutch Party! You can party one last time with your introduction group and celebrate the start of your time here in Groningen. There is no better way to do this than in full orange!