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The International Welcome Center North (IWCN) is a one-stop shop for international people living in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

We offer services in three areas:  government formalities (residence permits and municipal registration); information (practical information and referrals to reliable service providers); and events (a chance to start building a social and/or business network during events).

All of this happens at one location, and we are open five days per week from 10:00 to 17:00 (read more).


International Welcome Day Friesland

International Welcome Day Friesland

  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 […]

News from the North

The Northern Times


  • Survey Cross-cultural Adjustment

    Survey Cross-cultural Adjustment

    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 […]

  • Brexit update 23 September

    Brexit update 23 September

    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 […]

  • New IWCN Welcome Guide

    New IWCN Welcome Guide

    September 26, 2019

    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 […]

  • IWCN Holiday Closures

    IWCN Holiday Closures

    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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