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.
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 (ESNcard Holder)
Online Ticket (ESNcard Holder)
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!