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Event Date: November 18, 2019
Please note: Change of Venue! Come to the free International Welcome Day Friesland for all “new” internationals in the province of Friesland! Enjoy socializing with other internationals, tour through the […]
Event Date: November 13, 2019
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Event Date: November 25, 2019
November 12, 2019But what do the new regulations mean for the North? The Dutch government announced a plan on Tuesday to reduce nitrogen emissions. An important measure is to introduce a maximum speed of 100 km on the motorways across the country. The Netherlands is [...]
November 12, 2019A schism is developing in Dutch society According to many, Zwarte Piet is an outdated symbol, and a caricature with racist tropes that has absolutely no place in a country that enshrines human rights as readily as the Netherlands. Supporters of the &[...]
November 12, 2019For the 16th time, the editors of Drenthe newspaper Emmer Courant organise the readers’ choice award to select the best resident of the municipality of Emmen. Anyone can nominate a local candidate who has done something important in 2019: from [...]
November 12, 2019The city will take its place in the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), along with Den Bosch Translated by Thomas Ansell As reported in the GIC, Groningen and Den Bosch are the first Dutch cities to be accorded the title. There are around 260 c[...]
October 9, 2019
A Dutch Master’s student in Groningen is currently working on his thesis for the Double Degree Master Program in International Business. For his thesis, he is researching the relationship between […]
September 26, 2019
The IND updated it’s information page on Brexit on 23 September 2019. UK citizens living in the Netherlands can read about what will happen with regards to their right to […]
We are proud to announce that the 2019-2020 issue of the IWCN Welcome Guide to the North is hot off the presses! Come get your free new guide, full of […]
September 25, 2019
The IWCN will be closed for the holidays on the following dates:Monday 23 December 2019 through Sunday 5 January 2020.During this time, we will not be able to respond to […]
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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.
(Onze medewerker) heeft zijn verblijfsdocument en BSN nummer bij u in ontvangst genomen.
De gehele procedure is zeer soepel verlopen: ook voor uw bijdrage wil ik u nog hartelijk bedanken.
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.