University profile

University of Groningen

2016/17 edition

About University of Groningen


The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 the university ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world in all of the top global listings.

We are a research intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master and PhD programmes in all fields, completely in English. We are proud to have a growing number of international students at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level and we also have strong exchange agreements with universities around the world.

Currently we have a student body of 30,000 - almost 5,000 of which are international students. We have won the prestigious International Student Satisfaction Excellent Award for the last two years and to maintain our international agenda, we have been developing an international curriculum to ensure we produce graduates who are ready for a career in a global environment.

Faculty of Philosophy

Future career prospects:

Graduates from the University of Groningen have gone to work in various sectors across the globe from governmental organisations to NGO’s or have become researchers or academics. Some individuals will continue their studies and earn a PhD in their field of expertise.

Notable alumni from the University of Groningen include the first-ever female graduate in the country and we also produced the first Dutch space traveller Wubbo Ockels. Whatever your journey, by obtaining a degree at the University of Groningen you’ll be in a strong position to take any route you wish.

Check out the NEXT Careers Service for support and advice regarding your future career prospects.

The University of Groningen have a dual language policy so don’t be worried if you cannot speak Dutch. All first year international students will be able to participate in a free 50 hour beginners' course in Dutch which will allow you to get to grips with the basics if you wish.

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 - no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) 92 - no less than 21 on each section
  • TOEFL CBT (Computer Based Test) 237 - no less than 21 on each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test) 580 - no less than 55 on each section
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English CAE (certificate of Advanced English)
  • English Language Test - University of Groningen Language CentreSection scores C2 or C1 and one section score B

Please note some people will be exempt from the language requirement:

  • Native English speakers
  • Applicants with an IB/EB diploma in English
  • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma and a 7 or higher in English
  • Applicants with a German Abitur Diploma and a 10 or higher for the English Kurs
  • Applicants with a secondary school diploma from an English speaking country
Groningen old building

As a student at the University of Groningen, you can use a large number of supporting facilities. There is the University Library, where you can find your study books and a place to study. Or the Language Centre of the University of Groningen, where you can follow courses in many different languages.

Other facilities and support arrangements include:

  • Wireless Internet
  • Study areas
  • Faculty libraries
  • Food Halls
  • Extensive Student Support Services
  • Honours College
  • University Newspaper
  • Sports (ACLO)
  • Housing (SSH)
  • Student Associations
  • Short Courses and Lectures (SSG)
  • Careers Services (NEXT)

Tuition Fees 2015/16

Postgraduate: EU €1,951 Non-EU €11,000 – €13,600

Estimated Monthly Living and Studying Costs

  • Accommodation Private furnished room Gas, water, electricity, Wi-Fi Approx. €250 - €500 Plus €275 one off cost
  • Study Items Books Stationery (You will be expected to bring your own laptop) €60
  • Food and Drink Weekly shopping Dining Out Social Nights €250
  • Additional Costs Insurances Clothing Hairdressers, Cinema etc...€250
  • Sports ACLO €52 per year
  • Bike Second-hand €60 one off cost

Financial Support

Student Loan:

If you are under the age of 30 and are registered in full-time or dual education, you can apply for student finance. You must be a Dutch national or have the same rights, depending on your residence permit or your nationality.

Other grants/scholarships:

There are of course also other means to receive financial help to cover your tuition and other study costs. Search for grants through the University of Groningen or Nuffic websites.

Groningen is the Netherland’s best kept secret, based in Northeast of the Netherlands, approximately two hours by train from Schiphol Airport, the city is home to almost 200,000 people with one in four being a student! Groningen is a buzzing student city and a very safe place to live, as soon as you arrive at you’ll notice the youthful, fun vibe of the city.

Being an international student in Groningen means you’ll be living in this amazing city. Universities in the Netherlands do not tend to have a campus and that means there is no on-site accommodation. However you’ll find most students live amongst the locals or ‘Stadjers’ across the city. To help you find a place to live, the university has partnered with the Housing Office which has a list of halls and student accommodation available. Apply early to ensure you secure a room.

Walking around in Groningen, you can still feel a medieval atmosphere in some areas, while in other parts you can admire groundbreaking modern architecture.

The university has a visible presence: the historic buildings in the inner-city tell the tale of a rich academic tradition, while the University Medical Center Groningen is an example of contemporary architecture. The city parks allow you to see the signs of spring arriving, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, or watch the first autumn leaves falling.

With the city’s many bars, restaurants, theatres, museums and sports facilities, you will never be bored. On arrival there will be many opportunities for you to meet lots of new people during the KEI-week, the ESN introduction week or at any general night out in the city. However another good way to meet new students is to join one of the several student associations in Groningen. There is a significant amount of choice ranging from sports to cultural to religious associations - we’re certain you’ll be able to find something that suits your interests.

If you do feel like leaving the vibrant city life, the countryside is never far away. Take a breath of air and clear your head while enjoying the flat landscape and limitless view in all directions when you get nearer to the ‘Wadden Sea’.

How to apply

Groningen new building

To apply you need to use Studielink which is the national application system for higher education in the Netherlands. We have a handy step-by-step guide that you can reference when you are applying.

Please check the programme of your choice for the exact application deadline!

  • Arts: Deadline Non-EU 1st March 2015 Deadline EU 1st May 2015
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences: Deadline Non-EU 1st March 2015 Deadline EU 1st May 2015
  • Theology and Religion: Deadline Non-EU 1st March 2015 Deadline EU 1st May 2015
  • Philosophy: Deadline Non-EU 1st April 2015 EU 1st June 2015
  • Economics and Business: Deadline Non-EU 1st May 2015 EU 1st May 2015
  • Health and Life Sciences: Deadline Non-EU 1st May 2015 EU 1st May 2015
  • Science and Engineering: Deadline Non-EU 1st May 2015 EU 1st May 2015
  • Law: Deadline Non-EU 1st June 2015 EU 1st June 2015
  • Spatial Sciences: Non-EU DDM 15th July 2015 EU 1st August 2015

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