International Café is the name of a group who began organizing events for international students in Groningen. 5 people form the core of this group, who together with helpers try to be a home, a meeting place for students from all over the world.


You as international students are guests in our country and we try to make you feel at home as much as possible while you are abroad.


International Café consists of:
  • Paul Nieboer, ICT worker
  • Hans and JoAnn van Seventer, filmmaker, cook, teachers.
  • Hinke van Abbema and Martin Geertsma , musicians, student and part of the workforce


In the fall of 2008 Hans and JoAnn van Seventer got together with Paul Nieboer to discuss their ideas of organizing a Christmas Dinner that year. The three of them soon found that combined they could do a better job at it. The dinner at Christmas was a great success, the atmosphere was a real wonder in itself and many international students found a warm place to celebrate Christmas. Soon the team was welcoming new members and the idea of doing something structural started to grow. Halfway through the year 2009 a trip to the well-known Dutch painter Henk Helmantel took place and again a Christmas Dinner was organized. Since the beginning of 2010 International Café has organized an event on one Saturday evening each month.