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University of Groningen

University of Groningen

University of Groningen

Introduction

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a top 100 research university with a global outlook. We are currently ranked 75th in the Times Higher Education ranking and offer over 30 English-taught Bachelor's programs and over 125 Master's programs. Founded in 1614, the university is one of the oldest research universities in the Netherlands. We are a truly international university, with over 36,000 students and 9,000 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 programs. 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 sports 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 programs in cooperation with other large European universities.

Bachelor's programs

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

Master’s programs

At the moment the University of Groningen offers over 125 English-taught Master's programs, 18 of which are rated as “Top Rated Program” in the Netherlands.

Faculties

Research and education at the University of Groningen are organized within 11 different faculties. These faculties are:

Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Faculty of Philosophy
Faculty of Science and Engineering
University College Groningen
Campus Fryslân

Campus Features

The University of Groningen has three campuses spread out over two cities. In Groningen, 11 faculties are based in 150 different buildings around the city, across two campuses.

If you study within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, or the Faculty of Economics and Business, you will probably attend classes at the Zernike campus in the north of the city.

For the faculties of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Theology and Religious Studies, Arts, Medical Sciences, Law, Spatial Sciences, Philosophy, and University College Gronigen, the buildings are spread out across the centre of the city.

In Leeuwarden, a city nearby Groningen, you can find Campus Fryslân. This is a unique faculty as multiple disciplines are represented within the faculty.

Have a look at our website for more information on our faculties!

Groningen is a city with a large student population which can often make finding accommodation a challenge. Students live throughout the city in different types of accommodation. These vary in price and include shared housing with other students, individual studios or apartments and with SSH - the city's independent student housing provider. The University of Groningen is not a campus university and does not offer campus accommodation. Therefore, you will need to find your own accommodation. The earlier you find accommodation, the better.

For more information on accommodation in Groningen, visit our website and look for the information for prospective students section!

    Scholarships and Funding

    The university is committed to recognizing excellence in academic achievement by offering a number of scholarships for international students and researchers. Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. programs, as well as for exchanges, short courses, and research stays at our university.

    The university is committed to recognizing excellence in academic achievement through offering a number of scholarships for international students and researchers. Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.


    For more information, or to see what scholarships you may be eligible for, please visit the institute website or click on Information Request.

    Rankings

    The University of Groningen

    Why study at University of Groningen

    We're a Top 100 University

    Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

    Our groundbreaking research

    As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

    400 years of reputation

    The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

    Vibrant Student Life

    While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

    Global Community

    The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

    Awards & Accreditations

    QANU

    Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities

    NVAO

    Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

    AACSB

    ranks Faculty of Economics & Business best 5% of business schools in the world

    Campus Life & Facilities

    • Library with study spaces, access to more than 80,000 e-journals, one million ebooks, three million printed books and 5000 magazines
    • Career services which prepares students for the job market with CV checks, workshops, and personal career advice
    • Language centre with courses ranging from French and Italian to Japanese and Hebrew, as well as Dutch
    • Student Service Centre offering support on study skills, psychological problems, financial matters, and studying with a functional impairment
    • ACLO, a large sports association offering up to 100 different types of sports you can participate in

    Student life is about so much more than just preparing you for a lifetime of achievement. During your time in Groningen, you’ll get to experience everything the city has to offer, from a vibrant art and music scene to a unique, student-inspired nightlife.

    Join Clubs

    Whether you want to follow your passion, try a new hobby or simply make new friends, you can join one of our many student-run sports, study and student associations! From sports to culture, politics to parties, you will no doubt find an association that suits your interests. You can find information about study, student and sports associations on our website!

    Party Town

    As the quintessential Dutch student town, Groningen offers an unparalleled nightlife, with over 150 bars and entertainment venues attracting people from far and wide. Free entrance is standard and student discounts are common, making the city the perfect place for those on a student budget. Find out about the world-class festivals, the street art installations and internationally renowned museums that Groningen has on our website.

    Young City

    While Groningen is an old city with roots that can be traced back to the Iron Age, population-wise it’s one of the youngest in Europe. With an average age of 34 years, the city has a unique vibe that you won’t find elsewhere. Recently named the “biking capital of the world” it’s no surprise that Groningen has a fantastic biking infrastructure - everything is just a short bike ride away. The city itself has everything you need, from open-air street markets to popular fashion chains. Find out about what else Groningen has to offer on our website!

    Great Base

    Groningen makes an ideal base from which to launch your travel adventures. For open space and fresh air, you can go and explore the seaside or one of the Dutch islands - located just 40 km from the city centre. Most of the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, and several large German cities such as Hamburg, Bremen and Dortmund are reachable by train, car or bus in just a few hours. With Belgium, France or Denmark mere hours away by train, car, ferry or bus, and our very own Groningen-Eelde airport, you're a perfect location to travel!

    University of Groningen is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad

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    Program Admission Requirements

    Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

    Download the GMAT mini quiz to get a flavour of the questions you’ll find in the exam.

    Locations

    • Groningen

      University of Groningen PO Box 72

      • Leeuwarden

        Wirdumerdijk 34, CE Leeuwarden Netherlands, 8911, Leeuwarden

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