International Student Organisations in Groningen
I think what makes student organisations
very important is that it’s a really easy way to get to meet people and
it’s easy, because you get to know people who have a similar interest as you have.
So, you at already have something in common.
There are actually a lot of foreign associations in Groningen, for example
the Korean Association and the Indonesians Association and the African Student
Association. So there are a whole lot of different kind of organisations, for example, sports organisations like swimming, soccer, hockey, all those kind of things.
Cultural organizations, like drama, improv comedy or dancing.
There are also study associations and they organide more study related
events, like career events how to work on your motivation, and your CV , and things like
that. Then there are also student associations and they are more focused
on the social aspect of student life. Okay, I think the Chinese Association
helped me when I had just gotten my offer from the school, before I came here,
I didn’t know anybody and the Chinese Association contacted me through
social media. They provided me with a lot of help, such as information about
renting a house and also about how to enroll in classes. I am the president of the
Erasmus Student Network Groningen and we are the biggest international student
organisation here in the city. We organise a whole lot of different
activities, so at the beginning of every semester we organised an Introduction
Week for international students that arrive here in Groningen and we want
to show them the whole city, so all of its organizations and its association
life. We offer a great opportunity for you to make friends and make great
memories. So for the Chinese Association, our goal we’re trying to build a bridge
between the Chinese students, the Dutch students and also other
international students. For all the Chinese students, we are trying to build
a second home in Groningen and we are trying to give them all the support
they might need. We also provide them with enough information about the school, and for
their lives. I think my nicest memory of that it was
during the final party of the Introduction Week.As a board it’s sort
of your final moment, like, okay we organised this whole week and we just
really hope that people had a good time. At first you’re very much in
the background but then at some point we just joined everyone was partying there,
And there were so many people that came up to me, and to the rest of my board,
saying: Thank you so much for organizing this like I already made great friends
here and I’ve been only here for a week so it that was really nice.