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General Information

On this page, you can find the Introduction Week Programme Overview, How to Reach Us, Emergency Contacts, Practical Information, Rules, and our Confidential Advisors. 

Welcome to Groningen!

On behalf of ESN Groningen, I’m thrilled to introduce you to this city that combines academic excellence with an energetic student life. Here, Dutch culture blends with traditions from around the world, creating a vibrant city where 1 in 4 people are students. Get ready to make new friends, explore personal growth, and have an amazing time!

When I arrived in Groningen from my German hometown three years ago, I faced the challenge of navigating a new city during a pandemic. Over time, I not only became an expert at maneuvering through the Groningen bike jungle but can now proudly call this place my home. As president of ESN, I aim to extend this sense of belonging to as many of you as possible.

ESN Groningen plays a crucial role in making your experience here unforgettable. We strive to offer you a wide range of cultural, social, and entertaining events, providing you opportunities to grow and socialize. From international dinners and excursions across the country and Europe to pub quizzes and music events, we want to immerse you in Dutch culture and student live. Explore our Buddy Programme, Disputen Programme, and Ambassador Programme, all designed to help you integrate smoothly.

Now, it’s time to kick off your stay with the most memorable Introduction Week! We’ve curated a week filled with exciting activities to help you connect with like-minded students, both international and Dutch. Please read this manual carefully to know what to expect and discover the other amazing offers we have in store. We can’t wait to share this experience with you!

If you have any questions about the upcoming week or ESN Groningen in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us. The 36th Board of ESN Groningen is eager to meet you during this week and throughout the entire year. For now, we wish you the best start to your time here and all the luck in your studies in Groningen.

On behalf of the 36th Board of ESN Groningen,
Linda Zeitz
President ESN Groningen Board 2023-2024

Programme Overview

How to Reach Us

Introduction Week Questions:
Facebook: @groningen.esn
Instagram: @esn_groningen

ESN Introduction Week Information Points

Friday, September 1:
ESN Groningen Office (Pelsterstraat 23), 20:00-22:00
Saturday, September 2:
Harmony Building (Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26), 14:00-17:00
Sunday, September 3:
ACLO Sports Centre (Blauwborgje 16), 13:00-16:00
Monday, September 4:
ESN Groningen Office (Pelsterstraat 23), 12:00-15:00
Tuesday, September 5:
ESN Groningen Office (Pelsterstraat 23), 13:00-16:00
Wednesday, September 6:
ESN Groningen Office (Pelsterstraat 23), 13:00-16:00

Don’t forget to bring your ID card. Card payments only.

In case of Emergency, immediately contact the ESN Board:

Douwe Kreeftenberg (Secretary of the Board) at +31 631283335 or Linda Zeitz (President of the Board) at +49 17662756903. The national number for urgent assistance in life-threatening situations and crime is 112.

Practical information

  1. Do not take off or cut off your Introduction Week wristband! Doing so voids your ticket and you will not receive a new wristband.
  2. For the latest updates make sure always to check the Introduction Week Platform and our Instagram. In your confirmation e-mail, you received your personal sign-in information for the Introduction Week. You can use this information to sign into the Platform. You can find a link to the Introduction Week platform on the Introduction Week page on the ESN Groningen website ( The information on the Platform will also be available in the ESN Groningen App, once you are logged in with your personal sign-in information.


  1. The use of drugs is strictly prohibited during the entire ESN Introduction Week. Breaking this rule voids your ticket and you will be banned from participating in the Introduction Week as well as any events organised by or on behalf of ESN Groningen.
  2. The consumption of alcohol by underage participants (<18 years old) and the purchasing of alcoholic beverages for them is strictly prohibited. Breaking this rule voids your ticket and you will be banned from participating in the Introduction Week.
  3. It is not allowed to have dinner with your (entire) group at international student houses during the ESN Introduction Week.
  4. By participating in the ESN Introduction Week, you automatically agree to the Terms & Conditions and the Code of Conduct of Stichting ESN Groningen.

Confidential Advisors

Did something you’re uncomfortable with happen? Or do you need someone to talk to about a confidential matter? Do not hesitate to reach out to one of our four Confidential Advisors:

  • Elli Winetsdorfer: +49 1627434022 or
  • Ewan Brett: +31 682452275 or
  • Hannah Müllers: +49 1772488764 or
  • Jan Willem Leeuwma: +31 630835526 or

Their contact information is also available in the Introduction Week Participant Manual and on our Instagram.