About MESA

MESA (Media Studies Study Association) is the study association tied to Media Studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. As a study association, we welcome everyone that is a part of Media Studies and wants to enhance their time at University. Our goal is to support students and offer various things to them that can be beneficial and a great addition to their study period. We furthermore aim to promote and introduce the bachelor programme to both new and prospective students. To give you a minor insight into how our association works, here is a structure of our association:

  • Our active members consist out of the board and the committees
  • The board runs the association and makes sure our association runs smoothly
  • Our committees organise and run different parts of the association, dependent on their committee’s tasks
  • All other members profit from the advantages of a regular membership


The Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) has offered the programme Media Studies since 2015, and MESA was subsequently established in 2016. A group of enthusiastic students, together with the study department, made sure that the association was properly established – and a lot has changed since then to become a well-known association. Every year, MESA is becoming a bigger and more established association. With over 250 members, we are an association that continues to grow each year.

What MESA has to offer

We organise activities for and offer help to everyone that is a part of Media Studies. As a member, you can join our monthly drinks and catch up with other people from media studies whilst enjoying a drink. We furthermore have various events, such as a yearly excursion abroad, fun activities such as bowling, and educational events with guest speakers that give an insight into the working field and help you orient on your future. If you’re a MESA member, nothing is obligated, but a lot is possible if you’re interested. MESA also offers free summaries of most courses to its members, which will help you boost through the year and support your learning process.

In short:

  • Get free summaries of every block (currently, only most bachelor courses);
  • Join the monthly drinks;
  • Get a 10% discount on most media studies books at Studystore.nl;
  • Meet new people;
  • Possibility to take part in the annual MESA trip;
  • Follow extra lectures and join study-related events.

Becoming a member

Becoming a general member is possible throughout the whole academic year. If you want more information about the membership or want to become a part of MESA, click here. On this page, you can also find more information about becoming an active member. There is a certain period each year during which the applications for the committees open, so keep an eye open for that!


If you become a part of a committee, you can not only make new friends, but also learn new skills such as planning and organising events, taking part in committee meetings, and in general making sure that your committee is doing its job. Since we offer a variety of different committees, you can always find something that’s right up your alley. You’ll not only develop a new set of skills, you will also get to know a group of people that are passionate about the same things as you. To learn more about our committees, click here.


Within our faculty, MESA aims to hold close ties with other associations to extend our network and make sure we are always on top of everything that is happening within the faculty. This also means that we sometimes organise events with other study associations.

What is a study association?

A study association is an association run by students, for students; often tied to a certain study. Being a part of a study association holds various advantages, such as discounts on books, being able to join activities organised by the association, and meeting with other people from the study. When you are a member of a study association, it is much more non-committal than a student association, and combining both is not unusual.

Contact information

MESA Groningen

Oude Kijk in ’t Jatstraat 26

9712 GR Groningen


General / board: board@mesagroningen.nl

External Affairs of our board: communications@mesagroningen.nl

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