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The International Welcome Center North (IWCN) is a one-stop shop for international people living in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

We offer services in three areas:  government formalities (residence permits and municipal registration); information (practical information and referrals to reliable service providers); and events (a chance to start building a social and/or business network during events).

All of this happens at one location, and we are open five days per week from 10:00 to 17:00 (read more).

The IWCN will be open for limited services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY starting Tuesday 2 June 2020.
Formalities appointments will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If we can’t assist you via telephone, e-mail or live Chat, then face-to-face information appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays can be made by calling the IWCN.
Business appointments can be made for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Information about public health, business information, official matters and FAQs concerning the Coronavirus can be found at this link.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Entrepreneurship and Innovation WEBINAR

Entrepreneurship and Innovation WEBINAR

  Event Date: May 28, 2020

Topic #4: Trivia:  Learn more about the details you must look out for when starting your business and all the information you must be aware of.  We will see if you have […]

News from the North

The Northern Times

  • The Northern Times

    Improv comedy group considers putting audience members in giant hamster balls

    June 2, 2020
    Stranger Things Have Happened is an English-speaking improv comedy group in Groningen. The group’s members have been rehearsing online and are now streaming a weekly improv comedy show via YouTube. We sat down with the group’s musician/tr[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Solidarity sit-in: Gemeente Groningen says only 800 people allowed on Grote Markt

    June 2, 2020
    The protest is this evening A maximum of 800 demonstrators are welcome on the Grote Markt this evening, says the Gemeente Groningen. The Grote Markt will be hosting a ‘Solidarity Sit In’, in protest at various systemic racism in place aro[...]

  • The Northern Times

    Mobile theatre takes to Drents streets

    June 2, 2020
    Bringing the theatre to the audience in Eelde A cultural first is taking place in the village of Eelde in Drenthe, with actors performing on a stage pulled by a tractor. The idea is from a group of Drents actors, that wanted to bring the magic of the[...]

  • The Northern Times

    First day of terrace opening in Groningen has no rush as feared

    June 2, 2020
    The Gemeente Groningen has pronounced itself ‘satisfied’ with the trial opening It was pleasantly busy on the terraces on the Grote Markt in Groningen yesterday on the first day of a limited re-opening for hospitality businsesses, with th[...]

IWCN News

  • IWCN re-opens for limited services on Tuesday 2 June

    IWCN re-opens for limited services on Tuesday 2 June

    May 27, 2020

    After being closed for the Corona crisis since 16 March, the IWCN will re-open for limited services by appointment only starting on Tuesday 2 June. Due to the Corona safety […]

  • Free ONLINE Introduction to Dutch course starts 8 June

    Free ONLINE Introduction to Dutch course starts 8 June

    May 14, 2020

    If you don’t speak Dutch and would like to learn, take a look at the Future Learn Language Centre Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “Introduction to Dutch”. The next […]

  • ONLINE Support Groups for Students from Inter-Being

    ONLINE Support Groups for Students from Inter-Being

    May 13, 2020

    Inter-Being Psychologists are happy to announce the start of an Online Support Group for STUDENTS: Life during and after Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown Student Support Group: Facilitated by: Lana Kortokova & […]

  • ONLINE Support Groups for Expats from Inter-Being

    ONLINE Support Groups for Expats from Inter-Being

    May 13, 2020

    Inter-Being Psychologists are happy to announce the start of an Online Support Group for EXPATS: Life during and after Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown Expat Support Group: Facilitated by: Dr. Marja Kuzmanic […]

 

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