General information

Welcome to the ESN Groningen Introduction Week! The ESN Introduction Week is the perfect way to start your new semester in Groningen.

On behalf of Erasmus Student Network in Groningen, I would like to warmly welcome you to the most amazing student city in the Netherlands: Groningen. With Groningen’s undeniably vibrant and lively student culture, it is considered one of the most student-friendly and welcoming cities in the country. You are very lucky to start your student life here and experience all of what Groningen has to offer! Although student life has changed a little over the course of the past year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with all the activities and possibilities that you get to experience.

I can imagine that coming to a new city might be rather nerve-racking considering all the new impressions, habits, and language barriers. Just two years ago, I myself started my bachelors here in Groningen, not knowing a single word of Dutch or anything about the city. However, very quickly I was made to feel very welcome and integrated into the Dutch culture. There are so many possibilities and activities to get to know many new and amazing people who will make your time here in Groningen unforgettable. I would like to assure you of the same experience and welcome to Groningen as I had. ESN Groningen aims to support you in your process of getting to know the city and making this feel like your new home. We do this by organising a range of different social, cultural, and professional activities such as: parties, excursions, international dinners, student nights at Copas, pub quizzes, movie nights, and many more! Besides that, we also have a Buddy and Clubs Programme, as well as a Language Cafe.

However, ESN Groningen’s biggest event of the entire year is the organisation and hosting of the Introduction Week in September! This week includes many different and fun activities which will help you meet many great friends during your first week in the city. Therefore, make sure to read the booklet thoroughly, in order to be informed of all that is to come and is awaiting you! Furthermore, with the ongoing COVID-19 rules, ESN Groningen will assure you that all regulations will be followed. I am very glad you have signed up and are joining us in a fun week of activities and programmes, you won’t regret your decision!

You may have a lot of questions regarding the Introduction Week, ESN, or more in general, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us! My fellow board members and I are looking forward to meeting you during the Introduction Week or one of our activities during the upcoming semester. I wish you a memorable ESN Introduction Week and hope you settle in nicely!

On behalf of the 34th ESN Groningen Board,

Hannah Jelkmann

President ESN Groningen Board 2021-2022


ESN Introduction Week Overview

Important Introduction Week Information

During the ESN Introduction Week, we will still have to take the COVID-19 measures into account. Ignoring these rules or the instructions of the ESN Board, crew, and volunteers will result in removal from the entire Introduction Week programme.

Please check out for every event if you need to show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of a recent COVID-19 recovery at the entrance. You can find this for every event in the daily programme icons in the menu on the left. Besides this proof, you need to bring your ID Card to every Introduction Week event.

To be able to welcome you to our events, you need a COVID-19 certificate for the following events:

    • Music Bingo on Friday the 3rd of September.
    • Dinner/Comedy Night on Saturday the 4th of September.
    • Movie Night on Tuesday the 7th of September.
    • Final Party on Wednesday the 8th of September.


If you need
to show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of a recent COVID-19 recovery at the entrance, here are the next steps: How to get access to ESN Introduction Week events that require a COVID-19 certificate.

We work with strict arrival timeslots, so we ask you to come to an event in your assigned timeslot. Do not come to events too early or too late. If you do, you might be refused at the entrance!
Find all arrival timeslots here.


General Introduction Week Rules

1. During all ESN events, the use of drugs is prohibited.
BE AWARE: Breaking this rule will lead to removal from the entire Introduction Week programme.
2. During all ESN events, the consumption of alcohol under the age of 18 prohibited.
BE AWARE: Breaking this rule will lead to removal from the entire Introduction Week programme.
3. In case of an emergency or COVID-19 case, contact the ESN Groningen Board as soon as possible. Either Wytske de Jong (+31 6 52329845) or Hannah Jelkmann (+49 1511 5761849). See here the next steps in case of a COVID-19 infection.
4. For confidential matters, you can contact Jelle Haisma (+31 6 21859119) or Mingke Schilstra (+31 6 42256202). If anything happens that you are uncomfortable with, you can contact them by phone.
5. It is not allowed to have dinner with your (entire) group at International Student Houses during the Introduction Week.

Keeping all of this information in mind, we are sure that you will make a big success out of the week!