Study associations in Groningen fill a very important niche in student life. All study programmes have their own association which organises events and support specifically for students enrolled in the study programme to which they are related.
First of all, the association related to you study programme offers educational support. For example, they usually collect and provide summaries of books needed for a course and have contact with the educational staff to provide extra question hours before difficult exams. As an additional study bonus, attending activities means socialising with others who follow the same courses and with older students who have done them already. Discussing subject matters together can be of tremendous help!
In between recreation and study related activities, a study association usually organises readings and congresses on interesting up-to-date topics, inviting talented academics to share their perspective on the matter. Or you could visit an interview training to increase your chances on the labour market. These activities provide a valuable addition to your study, but more importantly, study associations organise recreational or social events like parties, hitch-hike contests, beer tastings or excursions to other countries in Europe. Everything you need to distract you from studying every now and then. The most valued activity is the introduction weekend at the start of the year; this brings the first years together on a weekend in the countryside, creating friendships for life!
How do they achieve all this? With your help! All associations have a board and various committees run by students, they are responsible for organising all these fantastic events. Joining a commission will give you a lot of organisational experience and is a social event in itself, because it usually requires teamwork. Don’t hesitate to offer your service!