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Event Date: September 15, 2021
Now that the summer is over and corona restrictions are loosening, it’s time to consider picking up hobbies again, live and in person! Connect International organizes many different activities each […]
Event Date: October 27, 2021
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Event Date: October 30, 2021
Event Date: November 2, 2021
October 28, 2021World-famous photographer Chas Gerretsen will be giving a lecture on November 2 about his life as a well-travelled war photographer and photojournalist. The Groningen Forum will host an evening with world-famous photographer Chas Gerretsen and writer[...]
October 25, 2021Make it in the North invited Alice Karmelita to share her knowledge as a successful career coach and discuss common challenges internationals face on the Dutch job market. Entering the job market can be challenging, especially for internationals who [...]
October 21, 2021The Northern Maritime Museum sets the mood for a blood-curdling Halloween weekend by organizing a murder mystery to be solved by crime enthusiasts. Crime related podcasts, documentaries, and exit games are as popular as never before. No wonder Gronin[...]
October 20, 2021Make it in the North is hosting a series of career-related events for internationals who seek to land a job and settle in the Northern Netherlands. How to kick-start & develop a career Starting one’s career in a new country or after graduating [...]
October 19, 2021
Healthcare in the Netherlands is ranked amongst the best in the world. Some things, however, may work differently from what you’re used to. For example, the GP (general practitioner, ‘huisarts’ […]
September 21, 2021
Updated 18-10-2021 – Telephone number for making an appointment in Groningen for registering a foreign vaccination certificate Updated 13-10-2021 – GGD Groningen may become second location for registering foreign vaccination […]
September 15, 2021
August 24, 2021
The Anti-Discrimination Center in Groningen is the place to go for support and advice if you feel like you might be the victim of discrimination. Whether it’s at your place […]
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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!