University of Groningen

University of Groningen building



Groningen, Netherlands

Region: Europe

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A message from the University of Groningen

400 Years of Passion and Performance

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen is a leading international research university and academic community for students and researchers with a passion for knowledge.We offer over 100 English-taught degree programmes (Bachelor, Master and PhD) in virtually every field. Located in the north of the Netherlands, in the heart of Europe, we utilize our rich academic history and heritage to generate innovation. 

The degrees awarded have been accredited by the Dutch Government and are internationally acknowledged.

Facts & Figures

  • 30,000 students
  • 4,500 international students (107 countries)
  • 1,500 PhD students (57% international)
  • 5,500 staff (20% international)
  • 10 Faculties & 9 Graduate Schools
  • Over 100 English-taught degrees
    • 15 Double degrees
    • 8 prestigious Erasmus Mundus degrees
  • Rankings

    #82 ARWU (Shanghai) Ranking

    #83 New York Times Employability Ranking

    #90 QS World Universities Ranking

    #117 Times Higher Education Ranking

 Partner universities

  • Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • University of Gottingen (Germany)
  • GadjahMada University (Indonesia)
  • University of Indonesia (Indonesia)
  • Bandung IT (Indonesia)
  • Tsinghua University (China)
  • University of Bejing (China)
  • Fudan University (China)
  • Osaka University (Japan)
  • UCLA (USA)
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico)


Studying at the University of Groningen

The university is home to over 28,000 students - of which 3,800 international - who are welcomed into an inspiring and stimulating atmosphere. Teaching is characterized by small groups and the encouragement of student input, leaving ample room for discussion, the generation of ideas and the creation of knowledge. In a work environment that rewards quality and achievement, the university offers balanced study and research paths that vary in intensity to encourage everyone to develop their individual talents. 

  • Bachelors – With a major/minor structure we offer students choices when compiling our 3-year study programmes.
  • Masters – All our 1-2 year master programmes are grounded in research, giving students the opportunity to share in the best and latest knowledge. For those students with research as a special focal point, we offer two-year Master’s programmes associated with Graduate Schools.
  • PhD/Graduate Schools – With the purpose to ease the transition between the Master’s and PhD levels, the Graduate Schools create a supporting environment with scholars excelling in their expertise. Talented students can write their PhD proposal as part of their Master’s degree. 
  • The University College Groningen offers an English-taught BSc/BA Liberal Arts & Sciences degree. The first year of study has been designed for you to study all of the academic disciplines to provide you with the knowledge to consider different perspectives when dealing with modern day challenges.

Create your own information package:

Honours College (HC)will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities. University Library (UB)consists of one central library and seven faculty and institute libraries at various locations in Groningen. Together they contain a total of three million books and periodicals. 

Next Career Services – Once you have started your studies, it is important to assess your employment opportunities, especially when you are about to graduate. NEXT offers courses, weekly office hours, and workshops.

Student Service Centre (SSC) is the student counselling expertise centre of the University. Our student counsellors, psychologists and trainers work together to provide an integrated package of student support with the aim of helping students with their studies.

Language Centre (TC) offers a variety of language courses of different levels for staff and students of the University. If you are an international degree student at our university (and stay longer than one year) you have the opportunity learn Dutch or to improve it. As a gesture, the University will finance part of it.

The Donald Smits Centre for Technology (CIT) is the university centre for information technology. The CIT is a leading national and European institute in the field of information

The Internal Services Department (FB)provides a total package of products and services the employees and students of the University need daily at their work stations and in their working


Student Life

Groningen City: As the economic and cultural capital of the region, the city enjoys a bustling reputation, while retaining a safe community character. What will probably strike you most when entering Groningen is its youthful population (over half is under 35 years of age!). 

  • 200,000 inhabitants
  • 50,000 students
  • One of the three most innovative cities in Europe
  • Top student city
  • Best city of the Netherlands 2010
  • Best student city of the Netherlands 2006

  • Live music, late night jazz, funk and blues-rock cafés
  • Music festivals like Noorderzon, Eurosonic/Noorderslag andSwinging Groningen
  • Arthouse films in cinema ‘Images’
  • Concerts in the ‘Oosterpoort’
  • Theatre at the historic ‘Schouwburg’


 In Groningen students live throughout the city and among the locals or ‘Stadjers’ as they call themselves. As such there is no campus or campus accommodation, but to help international students to find proper housing, the University of Groningen cooperates with the Housing Office.


Student Organizations: Studying at the University of Groningen is more than just attending lectures and passing exams. Groningen has a rich student life, in which students can become a member of numerous student associations. 


Student Sports: Groningen has a wide variety of sports clubs. So if you want to play a specific sport, join one of the 53 associated sports clubs! The University Sports Centre (ACLO) caters to every need. ACLO was rated best university sports facility in the Netherlands by the International Student Barometer 2011.


The Netherlands in a nutshell

  • Official name: Kingdom of the Netherlands, commonly referred to as Holland or the Netherlands
  • Head of state: The hereditary monarch, currently King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
  • Head of government: The prime minister, currently Mr. Mark Rutte
  • Capital city: Amsterdam
  • Seat of government: The Hague (Den Haag)
  • Currency: 1 euro = approx. 1,26 US Dollar (September 2014)
  • Main airport: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Famous Dutch

  • Rembrandt
  • Van Gogh
  • Anne Frank
  • DJ Tiesto
  • DJ Armin van Buuren
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Heineken International