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Welcome to the Northern Netherlands! Discover everything you need to know to make this beautiful region your new home.
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Checklist: Moving to the Netherlands
Moving to the North soon? Fantastic! It’s a truly special region with plenty of room to grow.
To make sure you’re properly prepared, check out our list of everything that international students need to know before moving to the Northern Netherlands.
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News from the north
Updated: 21:22 Three people were killed after being shot by a gunman in Rotterdam on Thursday, according to Dutch police. In a press conference on Thursday evening, authorities revealed that the two people of the people killed in the attacks were a 39-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man. The man was a teacher at Rotterdam’s […]
Forum Groningen, the iconic cultural center located right next to the Grote Markt, is projected to face a financial shortfall of more than one million euros in 2023. The institution’s director, Dirk Nijdam, attributes this deficit to rising labor costs, increased rent, and an unexpected surge in energy expenses. “Our energy costs this year are […]
From September, students will have the opportunity to sit for their TOEFL iBT exams at the University of Groningen’s Language Center. The institution becomes the first and so far only language center in the North where students will be allowed to take the English proficiency exams. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) […]
Feel at home in the North in just a few steps
We understand there are many things to take care of when getting settled in a new country.
That’s why it’s our mission to provide a welcoming space where you can take care of everything at one convenient location.
We helped 35,000+ international people
“I have lived in several countries (USA, Germany, Russia, Egypt) but I have to say that I have had the best experience at the Welcome Center in Groningen. Thank you again!”
“How happy it makes me to learn that the flowers got there and that they brightened up everyone’s day! This was my goal.
You guys work hard, and I wanted to make sure you guys know that your work is meaningful and very well appreciated in the city.”
“I would recommend the IWCN for new Internationals, who would like help finding their feet, but also for those who have been in the Northern Netherlands, as the information on offer is very extensive!”
“The idea to have such an office to welcome foreigners is a formidable one and this is a good tangible result. I wish there had been such an office, and people like you, 13 years ago when we arrived. It would probably have made our lives so much better, especially the first years!”