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SIB-Groningen is an international student association. All our activities are in English and we are the most diverse student association of Groningen. With about half Dutch, half international members, the SIB combines the opportunity to meet students from all over the world with the best aspects of Dutch student life: disputen, committees and borrels.

Think!

We organize weekly lectures, symposia and conferences. Recent speakers include Samantha Power, Rutger Bregman, and Bas Eickhout.

Socialise!

After every lecture, we have drinks or parties that can last late into the night! Our disputen meet weekly.

Organise!

Join one of our 18 committees and project groups to arrange a lecture with a big speaker, plan a theme party or coordinate an international trip!

Travel!

Explore the world on our trips! We’ve been to places like Brussels, Morocco, or even Russia. We visit interesting local or international institutions.

SIB during KEI

Interested in learning more about Groningen and the SIB? Grab some friends, download the free app “Actionbound”, scan this QR Code and follow our Scavenger hunt! Not only will you be able to get to know your new home and the SIB, but you will also get a chance to win an amazing prize! Sounds good? Kom hangen!

Testimonials about Disputen

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Actually, the SIB is designed to be something additional to and not instead of your studies. You can be as active or as inactive as you want. So feel free to take a break from it all during your exams, for example.

Additionally, SIB brings you those experiences that are just as crucial for you in your student life, but that you might not find in your study program. As part of the SIB, you will be able to visit interesting (international) institutions, develop all kinds of skills in joining a committee, and explore new interests by meeting a diverse crowd of people.

Yes! We understand that you might feel very different and possibly even estranged due to the current situation. However, SIB membership can greatly improve your student life, even in these times. Signing up will help you to find your way in student life, when your study is online and you cannot explore all possibilities as you would have expected from a first year. SIB will offer you the opportunity to meet a lot of people, make friends, broaden your intellectual horizon, and just have a ton of fun, even if some or all of it happens online!

Only €10!

Becoming a member of SIB-Groningen is not expensive at all, the yearly contribution is only €35. Because you sign up now, you profit from our KEI deal: the first half year only costs you €10, and we will send you a small gift! If you decide that SIB is not for you and cancel your membership before 2021, the other €25 will not be due.

Indeed, our lectures are open to everyone, and we are always glad to see the broad audience that our lectures attract.

However, there is much more to the SIB than the lectures. If you become a member, you can join our drinks, theme parties, social activities and more exclusive activities such as our Diplomats Dinner and all of our trips.

Moreover, being a member of the SIB is mainly about being part of a community. As a member, you will be able to enjoy all kinds of socials and not only make friends there but join committees and a dispuut as well.

No. At the SIB, nothing is mandatory. Of course, we encourage you to attend our activities, mainly the introductory ones, as they are designed for you to find your place within the SIB. But we will never force you to do anything: you can be as involved and active as much or as little as you want.

We know that our name might be confusing sometimes, but we are not related to the IRIO program. However, we do have a lot of members that do study IR, and the topics of our intellectual events often are related to international relations.

The IR program has its own association, CLIO. Many people are a member of both SIB and CLIO.

Other questions? Just ask! Find our details at the top of this page.

Become a member!

Please fill out the form below to become a full member of SIB Groningen. During the KEI-week, you only pay €10 for the first half year!

Not sure yet? Feel free to join us at one of our activities – or contact the board for more information.

If you are already a member, but would like to apply an account on the website, please follow this link.

Conditions

  • The contribution (35 Euros for a regular membership and 10 euros for a half year KEI membership) will be collected around 1 November of the association year. Members sign the mandatory ‘algemene machtiging’ (financial authorisation), with which they authorise SIB-Groningen to collect all financial obligations towards SIB-Groningen from the above stipulated bank account. Within four weeks of signing the ‘algemene machtiging’ a member can cancel this authorisation at their bank. If you become a member after 1 November of the association year or you did not cancel your KEI membership, the (remaining) contribution will be collected around 1 June.
  • Cancellation of the financial authorisation is only possible by ending the membership in writing to the Secretary.
  • Cancellation of the membership is due in writing before 1 September of the association year. Cancellations that are received after 1 September will mean the contribution of that association year is still due.
  • Changes of address have to be submitted to the Secretary of the Board as soon as possible.
  • Membership will automatically be extended, unless you sign out before January 1st, 2021. The membership fee for the second half of the year will be €25,-.

Privacy Policy

  • SIB-Groningen collects your personal data to comply with its legal obligation to keep a members administration. Furthermore, your data are used to keep you updated about our association and its activities.
  • The Board of SIB-Groningen is responsible for the protection of your personal data.
  • We collect and store the information you have provided us with on your membership registration form, both digitally and on paper. This consists of your name, address, date and place of birth, study, student number, phone number, email address, and IBAN.
  • During your membership, your contact details might be shared with Disputen, committees, and other entities within our association to help them in finding new members and in executing their tasks. The Board only shares your contact details within our association if they deem this strictly necessary for the attainment of the entity’s goals.
  • Your student number is shared with the University and the Hanzehogeschool in order for us to qualify for funding. Your student number is only used by these partners to determine the number of members in our association, and is deleted after this has been established.
  • Once your membership ends, your personal data are stored for two years. After this, all of your personal data will be deleted.
  • To request a copy of your personal data, please send an email to secretary@sib-groningen.nl.
  • If you would like to change or erase any part of the personal data stored by us, please send an email to secretary@sib-groningen.nl.

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