University profile

University of Groningen

2017/18 edition

About University of Groningen


The University of Groningen is a top 100 research university with a global outlook. We are currently ranked 80 on the Times Higher Education ranking and offer over 30 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and over 125 Master's programmes. Founded in 1614, the university is one of the oldest research universities in the Netherlands. We are a truly international university, with over 30,000 students and 6,000 international students from over 120 different nationalities.

Why choose Groningen?

Top-quality education: the University of Groningen offers a varied range of interesting, highly regarded degree programmes. As a student, you will receive high-quality supervision and have many options to choose from. The University of Groningen has been awarded the ‘Best Traditional University in the Netherlands’ quality label.

Top-notch research: we are among the top research universities in Europe. In 2016, our professor Ben Feringa won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The University carries out ground-breaking and socially relevant research and our research builds bridges between disciplines.

Vibrant student life: Groningen is a vibrant student city. Its population has the lowest average age in the Netherlands. One in four of the 200.000 inhabitants is a student. Students can be seen everywhere: studying in the park, enjoying the nightlife and working various part-time jobs. Groningen is a safe and green city to live in and was chosen as one of the happiest cities in Europe.

400 years of reputation: The University of Groningen has a rich history and an excellent reputation. Many very talented people in a variety of disciplines have studied or worked at the university during the 400 years of its existence, including four Nobel Prize winners, the first female University student in the Netherlands, the first female lecturer, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Truly international: We are known for our large international community. Nearly 6,000 international students study in Groningen annually from over 120 countries. Living in Groningen without speaking Dutch is not a problem; you will be able to order food, shop for clothes and even take sport classes in English. The University of Groningen has strong international connections, which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. We also offer several unique international Master’s programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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Bachelor's programmes

We offer over 30 English-taught Bachelor's programmes. Nine of our bachelor's programmes have been awarded the "Top Degree Programme" quality label.

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Master’s programmes

At the moment the University of Groningen offers over 125 English-taught master's programmes, 18 of which are labeled as a “Top Rated Programme” in the Netherlands.

How to apply

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.

Tuition Fees 2017/18

Postgraduate: EU €2,006 / Non-EU €11,400 – €14,200 (depending on the programme)

Estimated Monthly Living and Studying Costs

  • Accommodation private furnished room gas, water, electricity, Wi-Fi Approx. €250 - €500
  • 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

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.

Contact details

0031 50 363 9111
Broerstraat 5
9712 CP Groningen
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