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Explore Groningen

Groningen is home to nearly 200,000 residents, making it the largest city in the north of the Netherlands. Archeological evidence traces the origins of the city back to approximately 3950 BC, meaning that the city is rife with interesting history.

However, today the city is also very modern. With plenty of museums, galleries, and attractions, students will find the perfect study abroad experience in Groningen. Plus, with nearly 55,000 students living in Groningen, you will have no problem meeting new, international friends with whom you can explore Groningen and the rest of the Netherlands.

As the Netherlands’ “metropolis of the north,” Groningen plays an important role, especially when it comes to art and music. The city hosts several theaters, concert venues, and art galleries, many of which offer steep discounts for students.

On several occasions, the Groningen city center has been voted best city center in the Netherlands, thanks in large part to the students who keep the nightlife in the small Dutch city thriving. On any given night, students can enjoy the multitude of bars, restaurants, and clubs that stay open late and cater to the student crowd.

Given its central location, students studying abroad in Groningen can also easily visit the rest of Europe. Well-connected by plane, train, and bus, students can travel almost anywhere in Europe from Groningen. So, make the most of your time in Europe and see as much as you can!

Things to See When Studying in Groningen

Architecture: Any visitor to the city of Groningen will instantly recognize its stunning architecture. Take the landmark church, Martinitoren, which boasts epic Gothic architecture dating back from 1220. There are also several examples of modern architecture as evidenced by buildings such as the Groninger Museum.

History: In the 13th century, Groningen was an integral trading post. As a regional influence, a wall was erected around the city to signify its significance. Today, the remnants of the city’s history can still be seen in the central Grote Markt, Martinitoren, and Martinikerk. Although, the city suffered tremendous damage during World War II, today it has been rebuilt back to its original glory.

Museums: There are an abundance of museums scattered across Groningen, many of which offer student-friendly discounts. The Groninger Museum hosts a marvelous collection of modern and contemporary art, all housed in a beautiful, futuristic building situated along a canal. There’s also the Northern Maritime Museum which tells the history of the shipping industry, one of the region’s most important industries.

By now, you should already be convinced that Groningen is one of the best places for students to study abroad. Still have your doubts? Check out some photos and explore all the degree program options offered by universities around Groningen!


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