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From Cycling to Cheese: Discover Groningen with its Chilly Breeze!

Organized by AEGEE-Groningen

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During the past two years the Summer University organized by AEGEE-Groningen has secured a top 10 spot of the best Summer Universities in Europe! In 2017 we managed to get an 8th spot in the ranking and in 2018, the 7th spot with a score of 9.5/10 from participants and SUCT!!! So, it comes as no surprise that AEGEE-Groningen is ready to improve upon itself by organizing the ultimate & the best Summer of your life!!

Described by The Guardian as one of the best party destinations in Europe and by CNN as one of the best places to visit in Europe & as a winning alternative to Amsterdam, our SU takes place in the North of the Netherlands: Groningen! Although this city is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, its population is young, vibrant and hip. This creates a unique mix of scenic old streets and canals, but also some of the best parties. With students making up a quarter of its population, this northern Dutch city has a host of late-night drinking haunts, ranging from hip brew houses and live music venues to the bars and cafes of Grote Markt and Poelestraat. The canals and classic Dutch buildings are all in evidence, but without the bustling hordes of tourists. And yes, the bike is king here as the routes are flat and easy.

Groningen as the greatest student city of the Netherlands has a youthful and exciting atmosphere. During our Summer University we want participants to leave Groningen with exactly that experience. We have tons of fun activities and exciting workshops planned. We will discuss and enjoy our unique student culture, organise various theme parties and take the participants clubbing in our amazing nightlife. As a participant, you will go on a biking trip exploring the nature on the outskirts of Groningen and visit a Dutch Windmill, visit a seal rescue centre, play bubble football and various Dutch sport activities, celebrate Sinterklaas and go canoeing. Other activities include a city tour, a Dutch language workshop, a visit to a cheese farm, a cocktail workshop, multiple dance workshops, cooking workshop and much much more!!!

Now time talk about one of Groningens specialties and highlights: The Nightlife! Participants will discover Groningens exciting nightlife by enjoying 9 incredible theme parties: Karaoke: Dress as your Idol, Masquerade Ball, Traffic Light Party, Rubik’s Cube Party, Onesie Pyjama Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, White T shirt End Party, James Bond & Bond Girl and Gender in the Blender. Participants will also enjoy the unmissable European Night, a beer & wine tasting, a typical Dutch social drink, a Cantus, a pub-crawl, a movie night, a casino night and typical Dutch drinking games.

Furthermore, you will also spend a weekend on the beautiful island of Schiermonnikoog, where you will enjoy a mesmerizing campfire by the seaside under the stars, walk on the bottom of the sea and go to the beach. If you visit the Netherlands, you have to explore Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and exotic adventures. So, we will spend a full day in Amsterdam where you will have a lot of free time to explore our beautiful capital.

Our workshops revolve around various ethical topics which we will approach from a Dutch perspective and discuss openly. Topics include the EU, racism, student culture, LGBT rights, drug tolerance, nature & wildlife management.

We managed to have our own Summer University house in the city centre, close to the central park. There are private and double rooms, a large common room, and a roof terrace. No gyms, no cold showers. We will make sure that your stay is comfortable and will show off our cooking skills in the kitchen!

The organizers are already very excited and eagerly awaiting your applications. And remember, our country is sinking, this is one of your last chances to go on SU in the Netherlands. Our Summer University is an amazing combination of diverse activities that will take place in different settings, but are all inevitably interwoven in the Dutch culture. Come join and see!

General Information:

From: Wednesday, July 17th
To: Wednesday, July 31st
Starts in: Groningen
Ends in: Groningen
Type: Summer Course info_outline
Thematic categories: Arts, Creativity and Cooking / History and Local Culture
Fee: 196€ info_outline
25 Friends
Accomodation: Student Dormitories (Private rooms)
Confirmation: Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 40€
Used for: Day Trip to Amsterdam, multiple dance workshops, Beer & Wine tasting & Cocktail Workshop
Language: English
Special equipment needed: Sleeping bag, bed linens, cutlery, plate & cup
Suited for disabled people: No


Explore the beauty of Groningen, discover the secrets of its nightlife and experience the diversity of Dutch culture through exquisite Dutch cuisine, ‘gezellige’ student culture and adventurous activities!


Phone: 0611101937

Our ideal participant:

    An open-minded and adventurous participant who loves to party during the night and is also active and engaging at the workshops and activities during the day!


    Day Programme:
  • AEGEE introduction, LGBTQ+ Equal Rights Workshop & European Citizenship Workshop
  • City tour of Groningen & visit to the Martini Tower
  • Visit to the Seal rescue and rehabilitation centre
  • A weekend trip to the island of Schiermonnikoog
  • Mesmerizing Campfire at the seaside on the Island
  • Beach Games
  • A walk on the bottom of the ocean
  • Dutch language workshop
  • Visit to a Cheese farm
  • Casino Workshop & Cocktail Workshop
  • Salsa, Bachata, Rueda de Casino Workshop
  • Day trip to Amsterdam Incl. City tour, visits to various musea & free time
  • Drugs Workshop
  • Bubble Football, Kanoen & Various Dutch outdoor Games
  • Tour of the Student Associations & Workshop Dutch Student Culture
  • Cooking Workshop
  • Black Piet Discussions & Sinterklaas celebrations
  • Cycling Day through Groningens Nature and a Visit to and a tour of a Dutch Windmill
  • BBQ evening
  • Evening & Night Programme:
  • A typical Dutch Social Drink
  • Bar Hopping
  • Theme Party: Traffic Light Party
  • European Night
  • Movie Night
  • Casino Night
  • Theme Party: Masquerade Ball
  • Theme Party: James Bond & Bond Girl
  • Dutch Drinking Games
  • Karaoke: Dress as your Idol
  • Theme Party: Gender in the Blender
  • Cantus
  • Theme Party: Rubics Cube Party
  • Beer & Wine Tasting
  • Theme Party: Onesie Pyjama Party
  • Theme Party: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Theme Party: White T shirt End Party

Course Information:

Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Charley Sjerps, Kirsten Schuttel, Neepan Paramajothy, Arend-Jan Tissing, Kirsten de Haan, Kirsten Broekema, Margriet Visser & Daan van der Schot
Supported by University: Yes

Join the Summer University and visit:


The Student Bike Capital in the North (the Main Location of This Assembly). As a lively university city, Groningen has the youngest average population in the Netherlands. It has a long and turbulent history, which becomes evident from the historic warehouses, courts and buildings. Groningen is also a city with nerve, with the most numerous examples of innovative architecture within its boundaries. In addition, it was once proclaimed the city with the best city centre in the Netherlands because of its charm. Explore the beautiful canals and the bustling nightlife of our university city: Groningen.


The "Tropical" Island in the Wadden Sea. The smallest and "gezelligste" island of the Netherlands. Its stunning beaches, being able to walk there on the bottom of the sea and the sensational campfire make the island amazingly worthwhile. Its single club helps to make this weekend an "unforgettable" experience.


If you haven't visited our capital city Amsterdam, you haven't lived life to the fullest. The city in which you can find sex, drugs and rock 'n roll on the corner of every street. Take a stroll along its beautiful canals and enjoy the pretty sights of its architecture and culture. Of course we can't leave out such an irreplaceable experience from our Summer University.