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ESN Week February 2021

Welcome to the official page of the ESN Week of February 2021! During this week, you will do a lot of fun activities! Of course, you will not be doing this alone, as you will be assigned into a group of fellow students so you can meet new people and make new friends that will last a lifetime! Therefore, this week is the perfect start of the new semester. Please note that you can only sign up until Friday 29th of January 15:00. Therefore, it is advisable to sign up as soon as possible to not accidentally miss the deadline!

The ESN Week will begin on Friday the 29th of January and end on Wednesday the 3rd of February. Since some lectures already start on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in this week, the activities on these days will only be organised in the evening. This enables you to follow all your lectures without missing any activity! During the week, you will have the chance to test your knowledge during a Pubquiz, show your most sporty side during the Sports Day, join interesting workshops during the Culture Festival, laugh so hard you will get abs during our Comedy Night, enjoy some music during the Music Bingo, and much, much more. Scroll down for the entire schedule per day!


There are two ways to join this ESN Week. Either fully online or via a hybrid version (both online and in-person). In the online version, you will be assigned to an online group and you will join all the activities online. This means you can also join this version of the week when you are not in Groningen, as well as if you are in Groningen but prefer not to meet up physically. A ticket for the online ESN Week costs 10 euros. This includes an ESNcard that normally costs you 7,50 euros. With the ESNcard you can join all of our activities and it provides you with a lot of discounts at our partners! If you already have an ESNcard, you can fill in your card code and you will have a discount of 5 euros on the ticket price (buy the online ticket ESNcard Holder).

In the hybrid version, you will be assigned to a physical group with other students that are comfortable with meeting in person. You can meet up with your group to join the online events, like the Pubquiz, online Music Bingo and Masterclass. You will also receive a goodiebag and a voucher for the cinema, to ensure you can go and watch a movie with your group when the cinema is opened again! Furthermore, for the Online Beer tasting, you will be able to pick up deliciously brewed beers at the Martinus brewery on Tuesday and Wednesday, so you can properly join the Beer Tasting! When joining this hybrid version of the ESN Week, you will meet a lot of new people in person. A ticket for the hybrid ESN Week costs 12,50 euros. This includes an ESNcard that normally costs you 7,50 euros. With the ESNcard you can join all of our activities and it provides you with a lot of discounts at our partners! However, if you already have an ESNcard, you can fill in your card code and you will have a discount of 5 euros on the ticket price, meaning your ticket will only cost you 7,50 euros (buy the hybrid ticket ESNcard Holder).

In both the hybrid and online version, you will be put in a group and your group will be matched with another group. This allows you to meet even more people during the events!

In the sign up form you can indicate whether you want to be a Group Leader or not. A Group Leader only has 2 responsibilities. The first responsibility is to create a WhatsApp groupchat for your ESN group to initiate the first contact. The second responsibility is that you will be in contact with the Executive Board of ESN Groningen in case of an emergency. Easy as that! If you want to be a Group Leader, you can also indicate if you want to be matched to another Group Leader that you might know, so you can get to know their group as well!

There are some great advantages to signing up for the hybrid version of the ESN Week:

  • You will be put into a group with other physical participants with whom you can meet and do all the online activities together. You will be able to pick up a pizza from New York Pizza on the first evening to get to know your group.

  • You will receive an ESNcard in case you did not have one already.

  • You will receive a goodiebag.

  • You will be able to pick up beers from Martinus Brewery and participate in the final beer tasting event.

  • The Sportsday will be a tournament when you can compete with your fellow ESN Groups for prizes. Complete challenges and follow your progress via an online live leaderboard that keeps track of your scores in real-time.

  • The Culture Festival will become an online event where you can follow live streams together with the rest of your group.

  • You will be able to follow the Comedy Night online together with your group.

  • For the Movie Night, you will be able to join the online participants and watch a fun movie online. Besides that, you will receive a Pathé voucher which you can use when the cinemas open up again! This is also a great way to see the rest of your ESN group again once the ESN Week is over!



Hybrid Ticket

Hybrid Ticket (ESNcard Holder)

Online Ticket

Online Ticket (ESNcard Holder)


Important notes

Please note that you will ONLY be able to join the physical version if:

    • You are in Groningen during the ESN week;
    • You do NOT have to be in quarantine during the ESN week;
    • You are comfortable meeting people physically (of course with the measurements taken into account).In case any of these points does not apply to you, please buy an online ticket!

Read more information about the COVID-19 Situation in The Netherlands here.

Also note that you are responsible for yourself, your own health, and following all the COVID-19 restrictions when you sign up for the hybrid ESN Week.


Rali, 21 years old from Bulgaria:

In my first year I joined the Introduction Week of ESN and made so many new friends that I’m still in touch with! It’s a great way to meet a lot of interesting people and to kick-start your time in Groningen! I would advise everyone to join this Introduction Week and make some great memories!

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Friday, 29th of January

We will start the ESN week with the traditional Kickoff! The President of the Executive Board, David Kraandijk, will give a speech to start off the week. This speech will be livestreamed online, after which you can either meet your ESN Group online or in real life while enjoying a great New York Pizza deal.

Online Pubquiz: After you got to know your ESN Group a little bit better, you can put your knowledge to the test by participating in an online pubquiz! This event will be livestreamed.

Saturday, 30th of January

Culture Festival: ESN Meets Usva. On Saturday you still have a chance to relax with some fun workshops! Instead of attending the workshops in person at the USVA building, there will be different workshops that you can follow from the comfort of your own home. We’ll start the day with a Workshop Cartoon Drawing, so get your pens and paper ready!. Next to that, you will also get a chance to learn a new language by following a crash course, stay tuned to find out what language(s) you can learn!

Online Music Bingo: In the evening you can kick back and relax with a fun music bingo! Listen closely and win one of the fun prizes when you have a correct bingo!

Sunday, 31st of January

Sportsday: ESN Meets Aclo. The Sportsday will be a tournament when you can compete with your fellow ESN Groups for prizes. Complete challenges and follow your progress via an online live leaderboard that keeps track of your scores in real-time. Go head to head with another group to (hopefully) claim victory!

Comedy Night: You will be able to enjoy a fun performance by improv comedy group Stranger Things Have Happened!

Monday, 1st of February

Online Masterclass: Recover from this packed weekend by following a masterclass given by Margrethe Jonkman, the Global Director Research & Development at FrieslandCampina and presented by Wilbert van de Kamp!

Tuesday, 2nd of February

Movie Night: You will be able to enjoy a great movie together with the other participants through Kast!

Moreover, the hybrid participants will receive a voucher for Pathé, so they can go to the cinema with their group once Pathé is opened again!

Wednesday, 3rd of February

Online Beer Tasting: During the week you can pick up different kinds of beers at Brewery Martinus. During this evening, you will learn more about the brewing process, the different kinds of beer, and we will explain different kinds of Dutch drinking games to you!

For online participants, we will organise a fun Game Night to end the ESN Week with a bang!