Radboud University


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Welcome to Radboud University

A message from Radboud University

Science is about discovering new borders. To either progress and cross them or to respect and guard them. At Radboud University, we do this every day. With our multi-disciplinary approach and blend of cultures, ages, disciplines and beliefs we know perspectives can only alter, broaden and become more relevant. We invite you to change perspective.

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. It is a place with a personal touch, where top-notch education and research take place on a beautiful green campus, in modern buildings with state-of-the-art facilities.

International network

Our academics are at the forefront of international research. This is one of the reasons why an increasing number of people from around the world choose to study and work at Radboud University. We have over eighty nationalities on campus, both students and staff. The University cooperates closely with more than 500 universities worldwide in the fields of research, joint programmes and exchange of staff and students.


Best general University in the Netherlands

Recently, a survey among all the university students in the Netherlands showed that students at Radboud University are again the most satisfied with their university. The survey included aspects such as the quality of education, the guidance provided by teachers, and the quality of study facilities. Radboud University has been awarded ‘Best General University in the Netherlands’ four times in the past five years.


Nijmegen, a student-friendly city

Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, has a rich history dating back to Roman times. Today,  it’s a modern, green university city with lots of culture, restaurants and cafés. The city has nearly 170,000 inhabitants, 30,000 of whom are students. Students appreciate the beautiful green surrounding countryside and the many opportunities that the city offers for relaxation and entertainment. It’s a safe, friendly place to live and study.

A warm welcome

International students and staff can expect to receive a warm welcome. The University's International Office helps students and staff from abroad to organise practical matters such as arranging a visa and finding accommodation. In addition, the office organises many activities,  tointroduce international students and staff to the University, the city, its students and its other inhabitants.


Study programmes 

Radboud University is student-oriented and strongly focuses on research. It has seven faculties and enrols over 19,000 students in more than 100 study programmes. The University is constantly strengthening the international character of its programmes.

Like most European universities, Radboud University uses the BA-MA and BSc-MSc structure. This makes Bachelor's and Master's programmes at Radboud University compatible with most other European universities. 


Bachelor’s programmes

Radboud University offers more than forty Bachelor's programmes, of which two are taught in English:

  • International Business Administration

  • International Economics & Business   


Master's programmes

Radboud University offers a full range of Master's programmes taught in English. In addition to the regular Master's programmes, the University offers two-year Research Master's programmes. These two-year programmes are highly selective and betters a great preparation for a PhD. All Master's programmes have been internationally accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).


Radboud University offers the following International Master's Programmes:

  • Anthropology and Development Studies

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Behavioural Science

  • Biology

  • Biomedical Sciences

  • Business Administration

  • Chemistry

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Comparative Politics, Administration and Society

  • Computing Science

  • Creative Industries

  • Economics

  • European Law

  • European Master in System Dynamics

  • European Spatial and Environmental Planning

  • European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development

  • Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies

  • History

  • Human Geography

  • Information Sciences

  • International Business Communication

  • Language and Communication

  • Linguistics

  • Mathematics

  • Medical Biology

  • Molecular Life Sciences

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

  • Natural Sciences

  • North American Studies

  • Pedagogical Sciences

  • Philosophy

  • Philosophy and Science

  • Physics and Astronomy

  • Political Science

  • Social Cultural Science

  • Theology 


PhD Candidates

Research and education at Radboud University benefit from an international approach and PhD candidates play an important role in the process. Earning a doctorate normally takes four years and consists of conducting independent research and writing a dissertation. In general, a tuition fee is not requested. The most common way to become a PhD candidate is by applying for an official vacancy.