General Information

With well over 300 members and its affiliation with the United Nations, the studentassociation SIB is the largest international oriented student association in Groningen!

The SIB is open for all students and offers an unique combination of
on the one hand informal and social activities and on the other hand intellectual activities.
This can be found in the weekly lectures we organize, combined with several conferences , trips and visits to important institutions.

At the SIB you can visit our weekly activities such as lectures and workshops, have a drink with other members, join us on trips to the rest of Europe or beyond, enjoy our parties and broaden your student life with joining committees and so called “Disputen”.

For the last 66 years the SIB has offered numerous possibilities to develop yourself as a student in Groningen, make friends and give you that few extra things in your student life. Do you want to whitness the perfect combination of social and intellectual aspects? Or do you want to develop yourself by joining one or more committees or project-groups? Than the SIB is the place to be!

You can find us every monday evening at the Hardewikerstraat 7, where all our activities take place, if not told otherwise. Feel free to stop by once in a while, since our evenings are open for everyone!

New Board Members

Want to spend a year working full-time or part-time for the largest international oriented student association in Groningen? Want to have dinner with former Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans one moment and organize an amazing trip to somewhere like Georgia or Armenia the next? Then apply to join the SIB Board of 2015-2016!
As a Board member of SIB you will be in charge of SIB. You will work in close co-operation with your fellow Board members in order to ensure that the organization keeps functioning the way it does. This is something that will help you for the rest of your life and forms a unique learning experience next to your studies.

If you want more information or want to apply for a Board position (the deadline is April 7th), then visit our website or send an e-mail to our President via!

Vote for SIB!

SIB has been nominated for the Rabobank Stimuleringsfonds so we can get new microphones! It's now up to the inhabitants of Groningen to vote for their favourite project and SIB is one of them. Do you want to help out your association? Do you enjoy our lectures and want SIB to keep on organizing them? Then vote for us! You can vote via:

SIB Awards

For the first time in SIB history you can vote for the SIB Awards! Here you can choose which member you think is the most creative person, best drinker and some others! These awards will be announced after SIB on Stage on the 11th of May and the winners will win prizes! To vote, click the link below:

Event calendar

Batavierenrace 2015!
24 04 2015 00:00
26 04 2015 00:00
Batavierenrace 2015!

Every year the Batavierenrace takes place, a student relay race from Nijmegen to Enschede. In a team students will run all day and all night to run the entire distance. When reaching Enschede, the largest student party of Europe will take place. In other words: a weekend you don't want to miss!

To participate, send an email to

A Lecture on Global Arms Trade by Andrew Feinstein
07 05 2015 20:00
A Lecture on Global Arms Trade by Andrew Feinstein

On the 7th of May, SIB-Groningen will have the pleasure of organizing a lecture with mr. Andrew Feinstein, author of the book ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade’ and an expert on the topic of global arms trade. During his lecture, mr. Feinstein will introduce us to the topic of global arms trade and the many shady aspects that surround it. The trade in arms is a huge economic flow around the world. In 2010, the global military expenditure was $235 for every person on the planet.

One of the essential methods used in arms dealing is bribery, payoffs on a grand scale that enrich both the elites in the buying country and the arms makers in the selling country. Around 40% of all corruption in all world trade is linked to the trade in weapons. Further, many of these arm traders are very closely linked to national governments, sometimes even at the highest levels. The military-industrial complex is very powerful, especially in some of the worlds’ most prominent democracies like the US and the UK, undermining the way our democratic institutions function. Unfortunately, transparency and scrutiny is often lacking in these realms. Tonight, mr. Feinstein will shed light on this underexposed global trade in arms with his grasping storytelling, his in-depth knowledge and his own experiences.

Andrew Feinstein is a member of Corruption Watch UK and a former South-African parliamentarian on behalf of the ANC. In 2001 he resigned from the party when it refused to launch a corruption investigation into a major South African arms deal worth $6 billion, conducted in a time the country claimed to be too poor to purchase antiretroviral drugs for the six million people living with HIV and Aids. Later, it was uncovered that around $100 million was paid in bribes to ANC politicians to get the weapons deal through. Ever since, Andrew Feinstein has been on a mission to expose the lies, corruption and death-dealing at the heart of the modern arms trade.

Join us tonight for this interesting lecture on global arms trade! The lecture is in English, free for everyone and will take place at the Senate Chamber in the Academy Building. It commences at 20.00 and afterwards there will be enough room for any questions you might have.

7th of May, 20.00, Senaatskamer, Academy Building


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