Show educations.com as: Mobile

Are you interested in attending a free virtual fair where you can meet universities and chat with recruiters? Spaces are limited, so  learn more and reserve your free ticket today!

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. We are a research intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master and PhD programs in all fields, completely in English. Currently we have a student body of 30,000 - almost 5,000 of which are international. We are proud to have won the prestigious International Student Satisfaction Excellence Award for the last two years running.

Many international students are attracted to Groningen predominantly for the world class education offered at the university however, our location is second to none. Groningen is the Netherland’s best kept secret, based in Northeast of the country, approximately 2 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, safe, fun vibe of the city.

Our bachelor graduates can continue their studies by studying a master degree with us in Groningen or at another university around the world. Some individuals will decide to go further still and earn a PhD in their field of expertise. Notable alumni include the first-ever female graduate in the Netherlands 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 path you wish.

  • Top 100 world ranked university
  • 180+ English taught programmes
  • 10 faculties and 9 graduate schools
  • Earn an additional 45 credits at the Honours College
  • 400 years of experience
  • Global exchange partnerships
  • International environment
  • Learn Dutch - 50 hours of free lessons


Programs

Bachelor's degree
Art & Design
Urban Design Delivery method Length Location
BSc Spatial Planning and Design On campus 36 months Groningen
Business
International Business
BSc International Business On campus 36 months Groningen
Computer Science & IT
BSc Computing Science On campus 36 months Groningen
Software Engineering
BSc Artificial Intelligence On campus 36 months Groningen
Engineering & Technology
Chemical Engineering
BSc Chemical Engineering On campus 36 months Groningen
Industrial Engineering
BSc Industrial Engineering and Management On campus 36 months Groningen
Health & Well-Being
Public Health
Medicine, Global Health Profile On campus 36 months Groningen
Humanities & Culture
BA/BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences - University College Groningen On campus 36 months Groningen
Economics
Economics and Business Economics On campus 36 months Groningen
International Studies
BA American Studies On campus 36 months Groningen
Political Science
International Relations and International Organization On campus 36 months Groningen
Psychology
Psychology On campus 36 months Groningen
Religion & Theology
BA Religious Studies On campus 36 months Groningen
Sustainable Development
BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership On campus 36 months Leeuwarden
Languages
English
BA English Language and Culture On campus 36 months Groningen
Law
International Law
International and European Law On campus 36 months Groningen
Science
Astronomy
BSc Astronomy On campus 36 months Groningen
Chemistry
BSc Chemistry On campus 36 months Groningen
Geography
BSc Human Geography & Planning On campus 36 months Groningen
Mathematics
BSc Applied Mathematics On campus 36 months Groningen
BSc Mathematics On campus 36 months Groningen
Physics
BSc Applied Physics On campus 36 months Groningen
BSc Physics On campus 36 months Groningen
Master's degree
Art & Design
Masters in Arts, Culture and Media On campus 12 months Groningen
Business
Business Administration
MSc Business Administration: Management Accounting and Control On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc in Business Administration On campus 1 year Groningen
MSc in Business Administration: Change Management On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc in Business Administration: Small Business & Entrepreneurship On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc in Business Administration: Strategic Innovation Management On campus 12 months Groningen
Entrepreneurship
MSc in Sustainable Entrepreneurship On campus 1 year Leeuwarden
Finance
MSc Finance On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc in International Financial Management On campus 12 months Groningen
Human Resources
MSc in Human Resource Management On campus 1 year Groningen
International Business
MSc in International Business and Management On campus 12 months Groningen
Marketing
Double Degree Strategic Marketing Management Oslo On campus 24 months Groningen
MSc Marketing On campus 12 months Groningen
Real Estate & Property
MSc Real Estate Studies (RICS accredited) On campus 12 months Groningen
Computer Science & IT
MSc Computing Science On campus 2 years Groningen
Data Science & Analytics
MA in Datafication and Digital Literacy On campus 18 months Groningen
Software Engineering
MSc Artificial Intelligence On campus 2 years Groningen
Engineering & Technology
Biomedical Engineering
MSc in Biomedical Engineering On campus 24 months Groningen
Chemical Engineering
MSc Chemical Engineering On campus 2 years Groningen
Industrial Engineering
MSc Industrial Engineering and Management On campus 2 years Groningen
Health & Well-Being
Medicine
MSc in Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment On campus 2 years Groningen
Social Work
MSc Youth 0-21 Society and Policy On campus 12 months Groningen
Humanities & Culture
MA Cultural Leadership On campus 24 months Groningen
Masters in Euroculture On campus 24 months Groningen
Masters in Humanitarian Action On campus 24 months Groningen
Research Masters in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies On campus 24 months Groningen
Economics
Econometrics, Operations Research, & Actuarial Studies On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc Economic Development and Globalization On campus 1 year Groningen
MSc in Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies On campus 1 year Groningen
MSc in Economics On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc Technology and Operations Management On campus 1 year Groningen
Research Master in Economics and Business On campus 2 years Groningen
History
Masters in Modern History and International Relations On campus 24 months Groningen
Linguistics
Masters in Clinical Linguistics On campus 24 months Groningen
Research Masters in Linguistics On campus 2 years Groningen
Literature
Research Masters in Literary and Cultural Studies On campus 2 years Groningen
Philosophy
Masters in Philosophy On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) On campus 12 months Groningen
Research Masters in Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development On campus 24 months Groningen
Political Science
MA in American Studies On campus 12 months Groningen
Masters in International Relations and International Organization On campus 12 months Groningen
Psychology
Educational Sciences On campus 12 months Groningen
Environmental Psychology On campus 12 months Groningen
MA in Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology On campus 24 months Groningen
MSc Applied Social Psychology On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology On campus 12 months Groningen
MSc in Psychology On campus 12 months Groningen
Research Master Behavioural and Social Sciences On campus 2 years Groningen
Research Masters Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences On campus 24 months Groningen
Talent Development and Creativity On campus 12 months Groningen
Theory and History of Psychology On campus 12 months Groningen
Religion & Theology
MA in Theology and Religious Studies: Religion and Pluralism: Ancient & Modern On campus 12 months Groningen
MA Theology & Religious Studies: Religion, Conflict and Globalization On campus 1 year Groningen
MA Theology and Religious Studies: Religion and Cultural Heritage On campus 12 months Groningen
Theology & Religious Studies M.A. (Research) On campus 2 years Groningen
Sociology
MSc in Population Studies On campus 12 months Groningen
Languages
Masters in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT) On campus 2 years Groningen
Law
European Economic Law On campus 12 months Groningen
Business Law
Masters in International Commercial Law On campus 1 year Groningen
Criminal Law
Masters in Global Criminal Law On campus 1 year Groningen
Environmental Law
Masters in Energy and Climate Law On campus 1 year Groningen
International Law
Master of Law in Public International Law On campus 1 year Groningen
Masters of Law in International Human Rights On campus 1 year Groningen
Media & Communications
MA in Social Media and Society On campus 18 months Groningen
MSc Computational Cognitive Science On campus 2 years Groningen
Film & Media Studies
MA in Media Creation and Innovation On campus 18 months Groningen
Journalism
Journalism M.A. On campus 18 months Groningen
Science
MSc in Human Movement Sciences On campus 2 years Groningen
MSc Nanoscience On campus 2 years Groningen
Astronomy
MSc Astronomy On campus 2 years Groningen
Biology
Evolutionary Biology M.Sc On campus 24 months Groningen
MSc Biology On campus 2 years Groningen
MSc Biomedical Sciences On campus 24 months Groningen
MSc Biomolecular Sciences On campus 24 months Groningen
Chemistry
MSc Chemistry On campus 2 years Groningen
Environmental Science
MSc Ecology and Evolution On campus 24 months Groningen
MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences On campus 24 months Groningen
MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning On campus Groningen
Geography
Research Master in Regional Studies On campus 24 months Groningen
Marine Science
MSc Marine Biology On campus 24 months Groningen
Mathematics
MSc Applied Mathematics On campus 24 months Groningen
MSc Mathematics On campus 2 years Groningen
Physics
MSc Applied Physics On campus 24 months Groningen
MSc Physics On campus 2 years Groningen
Teaching & Education
MSc in Pedagogic: Communication and Congenital Deafblindness On campus 1 year Groningen
MSc Pedagogical Sciences: Ethics of Education, Philosophy, History and Law On campus 12 months Groningen
TESOL
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Foreign Language On campus 12 months Groningen
Masters in Applied Linguistics: TEFL On campus 12 months Groningen
Summer / Short course
Health & Well-Being
Medicine
Medical Sciences Summer School Translational Neurosciences On campus 10 days Groningen
Medical Sciences Summer School: Health Aging On campus 5 days Groningen
Medical Sciences Summer School: Translational Pediatrics On campus 2 weeks Groningen
Medical Sciences Summer School: Transplantation Medicine On campus 4 days Groningen
Public Health
Medical Sciences Summer School Global Health On campus 10 days Groningen

Show all

Videos

International students at the University of Groningen experience the Dutch concepts of punctuality, the Dutch climate, style of communication, Queens Day, and Dutch food.
         

Events

Online Bachelor’s Week

University of Groningen events allow you to learn about the university experience by hearing from current students and staff. At the Online Bachelor’s Week (2nd to 6th November) you will be able to get an idea of what it is like to study here, explore our programmes, hear about our campuses and student life - all by speaking with our academic staff and students.

Join our Online Bachelor’s Week and explore the University of Groningen by getting your questions answered and learn more about our programmes.

What to expect:

  • Find out about programmes in your chosen subject by attending a virtual talk
    • You'll be able to hear about the programmes in detail as well as have the opportunity to ask questions about subjects you are interested in.
  • Join one of our live talks by members of staff to learn about the University
    • There will be live talks on a range of different topics including admissions, student support services, careers, sports and also student life - so come prepared with your questions.
  • Talk to current students and staff about life at the UG
    • Get an idea of what it is like to live and study here by speaking with our students and staff.
    • Themed international student presentations (in German and English) and an international parents presentation will offer the chance to find out about accommodation, binding study advice and general information.

Request Information

Want to know more about University of Groningen? Fill out the form and include any questions you have. This information will be sent directly to the school, and a representative will respond to your enquiry.

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

Student services & 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

Campuses

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!

Student lifestyle

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!

Accommodation

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 & funding

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.

Reviews

Average rating 4.2

Based on 4 reviews

Danique
(4)
Having come from the BA International Relations and International Organisation, the MA programme is a great way to specialise in a specific topic within the field. Where the BA degree is very broad and you learn about the general themes of IR, the masters allows you to go deeper into a specific field of interest, but still in a very interdiscipl...
Show more
Abigail
(4)
I really enjoyed studying BSc Psychology at the University of Groningen! I loved that we had practical courses where we learnt interview techniques, communication skills and group dynamics, as well as having a large focus on research methods and skills. I enjoyed the variety of really unique courses in the third year. However, my cohort was larg...
Show more
Jessy
(4)
I completed the MSc Human-Machine Communication (which is in the department of Artificial Intelligence) at the University of Groningen in 2016. It's a great program because it's flexible in allowing you to take the master in a number of different directions, whether you're more interested in cognitive neuroscience, modelling, engineering, lingui...
Show more

Contact

University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

 Show phone number
www.rug.nl


Request information

Want to get more information about this institute and its programs? Fill out the following form and we'll pass it on directly to a representative from the school, who will respond to your enquiry.

Reviews
School rating
(4.2)
Based on 4 reviews

Career test - find your perfect career

Take our free career test that will match you with programs and careers based on your interests and personality.

Take the test