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Event Date: September 17, 2019
Do you want to improve your English? The Language Centre of the University of Groningen is offering a brand new course at the Pre-intermediate level starting 17 September! There are […]
Event Date: September 23, 2019
Event Date: September 25, 2019
September 23, 201920-year-old Kim from Winschoten is the lucky winner of 100,000 euros in the “Postcode Loterij Miljoenenjacht” game show, which was broadcast on Sunday evening. After Kim managed to overcome another 499 candidates, she won the amount of mo[...]
September 23, 2019Dirk Visser, a member of Leeuwarden’s council for the Labour Party (PvdA), has asked the council to consider the future of the slippery slate paving stones, which have caused several accidents in recent weeks Translated by Thomas Ansell Four we[...]
September 23, 2019Solar parks unexpectedly prove to be very attractive to insects, according to an initial study into the effects of the construction of a large solar park in Groningen. Alderman Philip Broeksma (GroenLinks) made the news public: numerous flower specie[...]
September 19, 2019Awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Ben Feringa launched the start of the full-speed construction work of the Feringa Building of the University of Groningen. New premises for the Faculty of Science will be located at Nijenborgh 4. ‘A histor[...]
September 13, 2019
The IND updated it’s information page on Brexit on 12 September 2019. UK citizens living in the Netherlands can read about what will happen with regards to their right to […]
August 30, 2019
Startups, Jedis and wizards wanted! Groningen is looking for ambitious startups to come up with new and innovative ways to tackle societal issues and urban challenges. Find your challenge, pitch […]
May 23, 2019
The IWCN will be closed on the following dates in April, May and June: Friday, 19 April – Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag);Monday 22 April – Easter Monday (Paasmaandag);Thursday, 30 May […]
May 15, 2019
The most recent edition of the IWCN Welcome News newsletter is now available! To view the newsletter, see this link.
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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.