Study associations like they exist in the Netherlands are a unique concept and can in such a form hardly be found in other countries. Study associations begin where your study program stops and consist out of students following the same study, while trying to build a bridge between study-related tasks and social activities. With more than 1600 members, VIP is currently the largest study association in Groningen!
The purpose of a study association can be divided into three main objectives:
- Connection to the study program
- Gaining practical insights into the field
- Main purpose: Having a great time together!
In order to stick to all these objectives, VIP offers you the following possibilities:
Connection to the study program:
In coooperation with the teachers, VIP provides additional features for all members which will make your life during your study a lot easier! We offer for example tutoring for statistics or a large discount on your study books!
Gaining practical insight into the field:
VIP provides you with the opportunity to broaden your knowledge about psychological topics and to gain practical insight into different work fields of psychology by organizing several study related activities such as lectures, conferences, workshops or daytrips. For example, last year we organized a daytrip to a center for victims of domestic violence, a laugh workshop, an interactive lecture about criminal profiling and, in collaboration with the other study associations from our faculty, the Conference of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Next to all the study related activities, VIP also organizes events that have the single purpose of having a lot of fun! An example for that would be cocktail workshops, the yearly hitchhiking contest, the student exchange, or the participation at the world’s longest relay race, the Batavierenrace! Since we Vippers really enjoy hanging out together and having a great time, don’t miss out on joining us for our monthly “borrels”, the Dutch version of having relaxed drinks together. A “borrel”/ to “borrel” means coming together in a bar, enjoying a great atmosphere and having beer with a large discount. Furthermore, several times a year VIP organizes creative theme parties which you don’t want to miss!