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Introduction Week

February Introduction Week 2020

The Introduction Week of ESN Groningen is the best way to start the spring semester! It is a week full of fun activities for new international students to explore Groningen! With 600 new international students it will be an incredible beginning of your stay.

During the introduction week, you will be put in groups of ca. 15 international students, guided with the help of Introduction Guides. These guides are Dutch or international students who have lived in Groningen for a longer period of time. They will help and guide you during the entire Introduction Week.

The ESN Introduction Week will start on Friday the 31st of January and will finish with an amazing final Dutch party on Wednesday the 5th of February. Since lectures will start on Monday the 3rd, ESN Groningen will only offer an evening program on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so you can still attend your lectures.

During the week you and your group will participate in our pub crawl, culture day, sports day, band night, comedy show, Dutch language lessons, a movie night and of course a couple of great parties! It’s the perfect way to meet new people, explore your new hometown, learn about the Dutch language and culture, and take care of practical issues such as getting a bicycle. Don’t forget to put yourself on attending at the Facebook event here.

You can find the Introduction Week programme below on this page. 

Want to participate? One ticket costs 35 euros, it includes: access to all the events of the Introduction Week, 2 dinners and an ESNcard!*
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Want to become an Introduction Guide? Click here.

Want to become an ESN Crew member? Click here.

For any questions, feel free to send an email to: or message us via Facebook! Go to the Facebook event here. 

*For more information about how to pick up your ESNcard and ticket to the ESN Introduction Week, click here.

Friday, 31st of January

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 center of Groningen, the final destination will be Club Kokomo where the opening party will be!

Saturday, 1st of February

On Saturday we will start with a hangover lunch with some nice pizza to cure your hangover. Afterwards, we will have a Culture Day in which you can follow several workshops. The day ranges from city tours, dance, arts and visiting a museum!

Sunday, 2nd of February

On Sunday, it is time to get fit during the Sports Day! You will try out different sports with your group. After all the work outs there will be a dinner and an information market. This will be followed by the Comedy Night, which is a fun evening where you can sit back and enjoy the show of Stranger Things Have Happened!

Monday, 3rd of February

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

Tuesday, 4th of February

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

Wednesday, 5th of February

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