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Event Date: September 15, 2021
Check out this link for further information. Now that corona restrictions have loosened, it’s time to consider picking up hobbies again, with live and in person events! Connect International organizes […]
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June 1, 2023Dutch consumer prices jumped by 12.8% in May compared with a year ago, as food inflation continues to grow and the cost of visiting restaurants and cafes increased, official data showed Thursday. Food prices soared 12.8% through the year to May. The [...]
May 31, 2023Saturday the 3rd of June is World Cycling Day, which is the perfect occasion to explore the province of Groningen’s many excellent cycling routes. Marketing Groningen, the city’s marketing department, wants to raise awareness of local bike networ[...]
May 26, 2023Looking for a distraction from the daily grind….a really energetic and loud distraction? Just dig out your baggy t-shirt and those sneakers you never wear. SALLY Dance Company is coming to Leeuwarden Saturday evening. The popular Maastricht dance g[...]
May 25, 2023Heleen van Balen, a Groningen entrepreneur and educator, has been named honorary consul of Sweden to the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. Van Balen was appointed by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and endorsed by the Dutch gove[...]
May 22, 2023Terschelling is surrounded by water, with the Wadden Sea on one side and the North Sea on the other, and it’s set to become a hub of water technology in the coming years: in March, NHL Stenden representative Frank Gort announced the plans of buildi[...]
April 18, 2023
2022 was a year of change for us here at the International Welcome Center North. We had a merger and became a foundation, setting us up for an even stronger […]
April 17, 2023
Getting to know how to navigate the housing market in your own country is already difficult enough, so discovering all the necessary information on finding housing after emigrating can be […]
April 14, 2023
On Wednesday, 12 April, representatives from the municipality of Groningen – public affairs director Gert Willem Hanekamp and economic affairs director Diderik Koolman – signed an agreement formalizing a long-term […]
April 7, 2023
Research commissioned by the province of Friesland and the municipality of Leeuwarden and carried out by IWCN into the creation of international primary and secondary school education in Friesland were […]
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Dear Welcome Center Personeel,
I’m sending this email to thank you for being so friendly and helpful.
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!
Having originally been drawn to the Northern Netherlands by the status of the Zernike Institute, where I studied for my Master’s degree in Nanoscience, I decided to continue researching for my PhD. The Institute, allied to the University of Groningen, is rated as amongst the top ten institutes for research on material science. The IWCN has been helpful throughout, but particularly as a place to get reliable information.
Though I originally came to the Center to pick up a residence permit, I left with quite a lot of printed information (all in English!) that was very helpful when it came to taking the inburgeren (integration) exams for my Dutch residence application. I am currently looking to settle more permanently in the North, I love living in Groningen itself for the bike-friendliness and its young and lively spirit.
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.
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.
Dank voor de mail en de afhandeling. Top service.
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. But better late than never, so please tell your other colleagues, or the people of the Gemeente and RUG who thought about it, that this office has an important function and that it delivers immediate results.
Bedankt voor je snelle en duidelijke reactie.
Waar zou het MKB zonder het IWN zijn? Ben zo blij met jullie!