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VIP Study Association Psychology

Study associations begin where your study program stops and consist of students following the same study while trying to build a bridge between study-related tasks and social activities. The purpose of a study association can be divided into three main objectives: Connection to the study program, gaining practical insights into the field and its 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 cooperation 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, inhouse days, workshops or day trips. For example, last year we organized a day-trip to a center for victims of domestic violence, a laugh workshop, an interactive lecture about criminal profiling and an Inhouse day to Lentis to get a better insight at the labour market.

Social aspect:

Next, to all the study related activities, VIP also organizes events that have the single purpose of having a lot of fun! An example of 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 a beer with a large discount. Furthermore, several times a year VIP organizes creative theme parties which you don’t want to miss!

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Datum opgericht:1981
Doelgroep / instituut:Psychology students at the University of Groningen
Aantal leden/contribuanten:1854
Url website:website
Sociëteit- of borrellocatie:Het Pakhuis
Bestuur / kantoorlocatie:Heymans building, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, Hv.0402
Openingstijden Sociëteit / borrellocatie:The board of VIP is present every day from 11:00 until 15:00 at the office (Hv.0402). You can always step by for questions, a cup of coffee or just a little chat. Every first Tuesday of the month, we have our monthly VIP drinks. They take place at het Pakhuis.
Prijs contributie:15


VIP was founded in 1981. Even before the 80’s though, the K.I.P, Kommissie Introductie Psychologie (Committee Introduction Psychology) already existed. This committee had no official status and was ran by a couple of students who were trying to give first-year students of Psychology a proper and fun introduction. This was also when the first introduction camps were organized. To make sure these camps could also be organized in the future, the K.I.P. had to transform into an association. As said, this took place in 1981. From this time, it was possible for students to become a member of the Vereniging Introductie Psychology (VIP, Association Introduction Psychology) for only 5 guilders.

Since the official start in 1981, VIP has grown enormously. Where we once started with organizing an introduction and some Psychology parties, we slowly added more and more activities to our calendar. In 1982, movie nights and sporting events were organized. The association grew slowly in her first years. Only one person showed up at the ‘perpernotenpingpongtoernooi’, a table tennis tournament in the spirit of ‘Sinterklaas’. In 1986 we saw the first book market, as well as the first Christmas dinner. There were ideas for lectures and excursions, which were carried out later as well. In the early 90’s VIP started with some new and important activities. For example, the first book sale which took place in 1990. This gave members the opportunity to get a 10% discount on their book prices. Besides this, VIP also slowly started organizing some more socially related activities focused on students, like a beer relay race in cooperation with the study association of English Languages in 1991. The number of members grew faster and faster, and the same can be said about the number of activities VIP was organizing. Although VIP grew more and more into an acknowledged association, this was not immediately recognized by the faculty who took away the rooms VIP used at that time. As a protest, VIP occupied two rooms in the Munting building in 2002. Right after this, the association merged with among others the STOSO (the association for students of Social- and Organisation Psychology), which became a committee of VIP. At this moment VIP has two rooms of her own, around 2000 members, more than 170 active members, spread over more than 30 sub organs (committees, communities, and structures).


VIP organizes a broad spectrum of activities aimed at Psychology students, all with a social as well as a study related aspect. Some examples are the student exchange (the trip to a university in a foreign country) which takes place every year, the well-known Psychology parties, the annual Diesweek in which we celebrate VIP’s birthday and of course, the introduction weekend! More study related are our lectures, movies, and workshops with a psychological aspect, two yearly conferences and our career nights where you can learn where you can end up with a specific master. By the means of congresses and career days, VIP also tries to give their students a good view of the (future) labor market. The association also takes care of book sale. Besides this is our yearly play and of course Zwemfest, a music festival that is organized yearly in cooperation with Ubbo Emmius (study association of History) and GLV Idun (study association of Life sciences). The majority of Psychology students of the RUG are a member of VIP.

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Interested in becoming a member of VIP and profit from a discount on your books and visits to activities? Please mail us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! If you have any questions left, you can also send us an email or step by at our office!

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