Studying abroad is a rollercoaster of fun. The prospect of meeting new friends, a new environment, and a different country can be a little daunting, but there’s nothing to worry about; you’re not on your own. This happy stage of basking in excitement should not be tempered by concerns over practical matters, so that’s why the RUG and Hanze UAS both have international offices that can make your transition to Groningen as smooth as possible.
Once you’ve made a decision between the RUG and the Hanze UAS, you can start preparing your arrival in Groningen. If you decided for one of the Hanze UAS’ many programs, the place to go is the International Student Desk (ISD). This award-winning office can be contacted via email and phone, and they can assist you with everything you need to get from your current location to your doorstep and first classes in Groningen. The ISD deals with all questions, from what clothes to bring and where to buy a pet to more technical questions concerning labour regulations or visas. Non-EU students are guided through the entire process, from visa to insurance to housing, while EU students are recommended to contact the office themselves should they require assistance. Personal assistance is the keyword of the ISD’s service; you are assigned your own contact person, who will answer all questions for you and who will be the first person you meet when you come to the office upon arrival. This short line of communication ensures that you won’t have to wait on a response for ages. See their convenient FAQ for an overview of questions and answers you might have!
The RUG also has international offices, one for each faculty which ensures that you get all information appropriate to your specific program. Similar to the Hanze UAS, the RUG’s International Offices can assist you with all practical matters: if you need up-to-date information about health insurance, visa regulations, or if you would like to be put in touch with a current student of your program of interest, they can send you the appropriate documentation and information. And the best thing is that you don’t even have to leave your faculty building to get in touch, as there are offices for all faculties with people on site to assist you. Questions that students ask range from tips where to go horseback riding to Dutch customs to information about immigration.
Simply click on the faculty of your program to be directed to the appropriate webpage:
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Spatial Sciences
- Faculty of Economics and Business
- Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
- Faculty of Medical Sciences
- Faculty of Philosophy
- Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- University College Groningen
It’s like a famous slogan in the Netherlands, of our Tax Department: we can’t make it any more fun, but we can certainly make it easier!