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University of Groningen executive board pleased with continuation of International Welcome Center North

University of Groningen executive board pleased with continuation of International Welcome Center North

  News posted on: January 25, 2023

In a statement shared on the University of Groningen’s intranet for academic and support staff, the executive board of the RUG announced their vote in favor of IWCN’s new status […]

Introducing: Lekker Kletsen!

Introducing: Lekker Kletsen!

  News posted on: January 11, 2023

Apetrots? Doodmoe? Say what now? Does learning Dutch drive you bananas? No worries: Lekker Kletsen is here for you! Deze spreekvaardigheidsgroep is voor iedereen die Nederlands op niveau A2 of […]

Website and social media changes in 2023

Website and social media changes in 2023

  News posted on: January 9, 2023

Happy New Year! Over the course of 2023, City Central and Connect International will officially become part of International Welcome Center North. All of the members of our international team […]

IWCN closed for the holidays

IWCN closed for the holidays

  News posted on: December 8, 2022

The IWCN will be closed from Wednesday 21 December 2022 through Tuesday 3 January 2023 for the Christmas and New Year holidays. We will re-open on Wednesday 4 January 2023. […]

Ukrainian interpreters now available for Social Hygiene exam

Ukrainian interpreters now available for Social Hygiene exam

  News posted on: November 15, 2022

Ukrainian citizens in the Netherlands can now access a special procedure to open a bank account through ING and Rabobank. Dutch alcohol law requires owners of such establishments (mostly cafes, restaurants and […]

Energy compensation for all Dutch households

Energy compensation for all Dutch households

  News posted on: November 1, 2022

In the coming weeks, all Dutch households will be eligible to receive two payments of 190 euros in compensation for rising energy costs. According to NOS, energy providers must ensure that […]

Ukrainians now able to open Dutch bank accounts

Ukrainians now able to open Dutch bank accounts

  News posted on: October 28, 2022

Ukrainian citizens in the Netherlands can now access a special procedure to open a bank account through ING and Rabobank. ING and Rabobank have opened specific offices in their branches to receive […]

Welcome to NL relocation app is live!

Welcome to NL relocation app is live!

  News posted on: October 26, 2022

Are you or someone you know planning to move to the Netherlands sometime soon? Then be sure to use Welcome to NL, a just-launched relocation app to help you every […]

Groningen Alliance Strategic Agenda 2022-2026

Groningen Alliance Strategic Agenda 2022-2026

  News posted on: October 20, 2022

The Akkoord van Groningen/Groningen Alliance is pleased to present the new strategic agenda. In this strategic agenda, we establish the Groningen Alliance’s direction for the next four years. In doing […]

Costs of living in Groningen – how expensive is it?

Costs of living in Groningen – how expensive is it?

  News posted on: October 10, 2022

Our service partners at EHN made a blog post about the costs of living in Groningen. What’s the average rent price, which municipal taxes do you need to pay and […]

IWCN – Closed for the holidays

IWCN – Closed for the holidays

  News posted on: October 6, 2022

The IWCN will be closed from Wednesday 21 December 2022 through Tuesday 3 January 2023 for the Christmas and New Year holidays. We will re-open on Wednesday 4 January 2023. […]

Get to know the north through Welcome to NL platform

Get to know the north through Welcome to NL platform

  News posted on: September 19, 2022

Welcome to NL is a platform designed to inform people considering moving to the Netherlands from abroad about what working and living here is really like for internationals. For the […]

Connect International introducing student membership

Connect International introducing student membership

  News posted on: September 12, 2022

As part of a closer working relationship between International Welcome Center North, Connect International and City Central, IWCN is introducing a discounted student membership option for bachelor and master’s students […]

Changes are coming to IWCN!

Changes are coming to IWCN!

  News posted on: September 7, 2022

We have some exciting news here at the IWCN, we are going to be joining forces with Connect International and City Central to form one organization! What this means, is […]

Join us!

Join us!

  News posted on: September 1, 2022

Welcome to the north! 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 […]

Take a Dutch or English summer course at the RUG Language Center

Take a Dutch or English summer course at the RUG Language Center

  News posted on: June 28, 2022

Do you have some spare time this summer? Then consider an intensive summer course in Dutch or English at the Language Centre! Over the course of two or three weeks, […]

Most International Companies in the Netherlands

Most International Companies in the Netherlands

  News posted on: June 28, 2022

Data collected by IWCN and all the other expat centers in the Netherlands show which are the 15 companies that employed the most internationals in 2021. We were very pleased […]

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IWCN Partners Meeting on the 7th of July!

IWCN Partners Meeting on the 7th of July!

  Event Date: July 7, 2022

We will be hosting our annual Partner Meeting on the 7th of July at ASTRON! If you are a partner or supporter of IWCN but didn’t receive an email inviting […]

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IWCN closed Monday 6 June for Pentecost

IWCN closed Monday 6 June for Pentecost

  Event Date: June 3, 2022

The IWCN will be closed on Monday, 6 June, for Pentecost. We will be open again on Tuesday 7 June and look forward to seeing you then!

Updated information for proof of residency for Ukrainian refugees

Updated information for proof of residency for Ukrainian refugees

  News posted on: May 17, 2022

The IND has updated it’s website on how Ukrainian refugees can obtain proof of residence in the Netherlands. Please read the information at this link.

Free CV critique sessions from MiitN and Boost

Free CV critique sessions from MiitN and Boost

  News posted on: May 16, 2022

Make it in the North and Boost – CV & Cover Letter Writers have teamed up to offer four free 1-on-1 CV critique sessions. Make it in the North makes […]

Recognized Sponsors of IND must file new form due to EU sanctions

Recognized Sponsors of IND must file new form due to EU sanctions

  News posted on: April 12, 2022

​The European Union has introduced various sanctions against Russia and Belarus. This may also have effects on companies in the Netherlands that have ties with Russian and/or Belarusian companies. The […]

Free online Dutch course

Free online Dutch course

  News posted on: March 31, 2022

As reported by The Northern Times, the University of Groningen has decided to make its online Introduction to Dutch beginners’ course free and permanently available. The Language Centre was moved […]

IWCN closures in April, May & June

IWCN closures in April, May & June

  News posted on: March 17, 2022

Please note!  The IWCN will be closed on the following dates: Good Friday, 15 April Easter Monday, 18 April King’s Day, 27 April Liberation Day, 5 May Ascension week, 23 […]

Lapse of statutory holidays: far-reaching obligations for the employer

Lapse of statutory holidays: far-reaching obligations for the employer

  News posted on: March 14, 2022

Article by Pallas Advocaten Please be aware that holidays do not simply lapse after the statutory expiry date. This follows from recent case law: holidays only lapse if the employee […]