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ESN Introduction Week

Introduction Week February 2023

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 700 other new students! 

The Introduction Week will take place from Friday, February 3rd, to Wednesday, February 8th. 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:

  • February 2nd 
    • MartiniPlaza (Leonard Springerlaan 2, 9727 KB Groningen) at the University of Groningen Welcome Day, 11:00 – 13:00. (UG students only)
  • February 3rd
    • Hanze University Groningen (Zernikeplein 7, 9747 AS Groningen) at the Hanze UAS Welcome Day, 10:45 – 13:30. (Hanze UAS students only)





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!

During the week, you have the opportunity to attend the grand Opening Party, our Culture Day and Sports Day, a Comedy Show and a Pub Crawl, Dutch Language Lessons, Band Night, Movie Night, and the Final Dutch Party! 

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

Still not convinced? Watch our September 22 Aftermovie!

Get your Ticket now!

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.

Get your ticket now!

We hope to see you at the Opening Party!

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

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Friday, February 3rd - Opening

The Introduction Week will start with a Meet & Eat at your Introduction Guide's home. This is a great opportunity to get to know your group and guides, as soon after you will attend the Opening Party at PALACE - Groningen's biggest night club. There, the president of ESN Groningen will give a special welcoming speech. Being at the Opening Programme is a mandatory part of the programme.

Saturday, February 4th - Culture Day

After a long night at PALACE, we'll start Saturday nice and easy with a New York Pizza lunch. After that, you will have three hours to attend a dozen of workshops and a Comedy Show during our Culture Day. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to experience Groningen's crazy nightlife to the fullest during our Pub Crawl.

Sunday, February 5th - Sports Day

Striking a balance in your student life is more important than you might think. We have dedicated the entire Sunday to our Sports Day, when you will have the opportunity to join many sports classes, meet student sports associations, and roam the sports facility of ACLO - Europe's biggest student sports organisation. To wrap everything up, we've prepared a big Salsa Workshop at the end of the day.

Monday, February 6th - 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've set up a live music performance at one of Groningen's best venues, located in the heart of the city, so make sure to join us for the Band Night!

Tuesday, February 7th - Movie Night

Now that your classes have started, it's time to relax a bit. On Tuesday, a must-watch movie will be played 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, February 8th - Final 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.