Welcome to the North

Moving to a new country can be overwhelming. Trust us, we know: many of us on the IWCN team are internationals ourselves! That’s why we’re here to help you make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

But who are we, really? 👇🏼

About Us

At the International Welcome Center North, we recognize that integration goes beyond just the practical matters and formalities of moving to a new country. To feel at home, you need a sense of community. That’s why we also offer a range of social events, clubs, and activities to help you meet your new social circle and feel at home in the Northern Netherlands.

  • Need to collect your residence permit? You can do it right here.
  • How about your municipality registration and BSN number? Yep, also here.
  • Opening a bank account? We can facilitate that, too.
  • Learning about Dutch culture and language? We’ve got you covered.
  • Want to meet new people? Just sign up for one of our many events!

Our welcome center is equipped with everything you need to make your transition to life in the Northern Netherlands. Whether you are a student, professional, or an expat spouse, we are here to welcome you and help you make the most of your time in our beautiful region.

Our Story


Launch of new website marks official merging of IWCN, Connect International and City Central

After successfully merging three northern organisations for international residents – International Welcome Center North, City Central, and Connect International – the new and improved IWCN is proud to announce the launch of our new and improved website.

Let us help you

We've got the answers to your questions about living in the northern Netherlands. With more than 35,000 internationals helped since opening our doors, we promise you're in good hands.

Founders and Supporters of IWCN