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IBMS student talks about welcoming events at Hanze UAS

Student stories 19 February 2016, 06:36

New international students at Hanze University of Applied Sciences can take part in a Welcoming Day conducted in Groningen before the fall and spring terms start. The entire week after the initial Welcoming Day features various events organised by current university students at Hanze UAS schools that new students can participate in.

Welcoming Day at Hanze UAS, GroningenNew international students at Hanze University of Applied Sciences can take part in a Welcoming Day conducted in Groningen before the fall and spring terms start. The entire week after the initial Welcoming Day features various events organised by current university students at Hanze UAS schools that new students can participate in.

As a newcomer to the Netherlands, you will have to take care of important practical issues such as opening a bank account, finding accommodation, resolving insurance and immigration matters, registering as a citizen of Groningen, receiving a student card, and more. You will also need to adapt to your new environment, lifestyle, and culture.

A welcoming day and the social introduction week at Hanze UAS, Groningen aim to facilitate the adaptation process, to provide you with useful practical assistance, and to help you kickstart your social life through meeting your classmates and making new friends.

Welcoming events at Hanze UAS make the first months of living and studying in Holland a much more comfortable experience.

Student feedback

Igors Zubarevs is a first year student from Latvia. He enrolled in the International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) programme at Hanze UAS, and came to Groningen 2 days before the Welcoming Day, scheduled on August 29th. Below, he describes his first days spent in the Netherlands and talks about the introductory events he attended at the university.

Railway station in Groningen, HollandFirst impressions in Holland

“I remember my first feeling when we landed in Schiphol. I didn’t show my emotions, but I was very happy and I knew that it was just a beginning. I was travelling from Amsterdam to Groningen by train and it cost me 25 euros to reach my destination point. I must admit that the train was fast and convenient, absolutely opposite to ones I was used to in Riga. In my travel I also met two first-year Hanze students who study the same programme as me.

In Groningen, my first impression was about bikes. It was some kind of craziness. They were everywhere, on every street, in every house. Next thing I noticed was that all buildings are made of bricks, and these buildings look very nice. I also liked Dutch food, and people here are very friendly. I can’t imagine such attitude in Latvia.”

Welcoming Day at Hanze UAS

“During my Welcoming Day I got a lot of positive impressions. I met new people from many countries: USA, China, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, of course Netherlands and 2 girls from Latvia :). The whole atmosphere was wonderful. All new students were divided into classes so they can meet their classmates. Some of them became my friends now and I enjoy spending time with them and hope to make even more friends in the future!”

The university Introduction Week

General night in Groningen“There were several compulsory meetings at Hanze during the introduction week, while other events, organised by the International Business School Union (IBSU), were free. IBSU is a student association which consists of 4th year students. They organise fun events through the academic year. Participating in these events costs 12 euros per year, which is not much for a possibility to find new friends and enjoy your spare time in Groningen!

The first event of the entertainment program was in the evening of the Welcoming Day. We went to the pub and were having fun drinking beer and chilling with each other. Next day we met at the city center and had a wonderful excursion in Groningen. We saw old historical buildings (I was really impressed by the Orthodox Church!), had a boat trip, made some pictures, and then went to an Italian pizzeria. Next days were full of other fun events, including pubs, barbecue, bowling, and more. Now I feel ready to live and study in this beautiful city, and can tell to all future students: come to the Netherlands, you won't regret it!”

Welcoming Day 2016

On January 29th, 2016, Hanze University of Applied Sciences welcomed 200 new international students in Groningen. They came from 34 countries to study in the Netherlands. See student impressions and a video about the event on the Hanze UAS website.

Learn more about Hanze UAS's Welcoming Day 2016

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