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BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership

University of Groningen
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2021

Program description

BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership

Established in 2018, University College Fryslân offers a unique and contemporary bachelor degree: the BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership. This future-oriented bachelor is inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and is dedicated to training a new generation of leaders to address global challenges by finding innovative local solutions. These challenges necessitate a move beyond disciplinary boundaries, therefore our programme is fundamentally interdisciplinary. In addition, we offer

In the first year, you study sustainability in the broadest sense of the word: from political science and economics to global health and psychology, to environmental studies and data science. You also make your acquaintance with academic skills such as conducting and presenting research, and the basis of intercultural communication.

In the second year, you further tailor the programme to your own needs, by specialising through one of three Majors: Responsible Governance, Responsible Humanity or Responsible Planet. You additionally follow courses in Ethics and Leadership, and you have the opportunity to put learned theory into practice, by completing a Living Lab research internship in collaboration with one of our non-academic partners.

In the third and final year, you continue following courses in your chosen Major and you have the option to participate in an exchange programme with a university abroad or complete a pre-master in preparation for a Master's degree. You will complete the bachelor with your Capstone, which is a creative project serving as the academic culmination of your degree.

Please bear in mind that the Global Responsibility & Leadership programme is selective, so you will need to pass a selection procedure before you are admitted.

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Admission requirements

As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test and achieving a minimum grade.

Due to the content of some courses, we require students to have achieved a certain level of mathematics during their studies. Students need to attain a grade 7 in VWO Wiskunde A/ passing grade in VWO Wiskunde B or an international equivalent to be admissible to the programme.

After passing the first step of the selection procedure, you will be invited for interview. This can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you may have.

Students are required to have successfully obtained a secondary school diploma which allows entry to an academic university. Therefore, students need to obtain a Dutch VWO diploma or international equivalent before gaining entry to the programme.

When you apply, you will be asked to upload a letter/ video of motivation, CV and reference letter. Once you are deemed admissible based on our admission requirements, we will evaluate these additional documents.

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Program content

1st year

In the first year you take introductory courses in Politics, Economics, Psychology, Earth System Sciences, Global Health.You also complete a skills lab which consists of courses in Academic Communication, Language and Culture and Statistics. At the end of the first year, you choose your preferred major, in close consultancy with your Academic Advisor. The majors are Responsible Planet, Responsible Economy & Politics, Responsible Humanity.

2nd year

As well as completing courses within your Major you undertake a Living Lab project with one of our partners and complete a Leadership seminar.

3rd year

In the first semester, you can choose to go on a semester abroad, do an internship or fulfil pre-master requirements at the UG or another national or international university. You also complete a second Living Lab project. Your final year concludes with a Capstone project. The Capstone meets the standards and requirements of academic research but does not have to take the form of a traditional thesis. For example, you could develop an app, film a public service announcement or design a product.

Tuition fees

  • Full-time EU/EEA Students: € 4299 per year
  • Full-time Non-EU/EEA Students: € 12850 per year


Bachelor of Science in Global Responsibility & Leadership

Career opportunities

Dependant on the Master's programme you chose, you could have a career working within an international organisation, a non-profit organisation or for the local or national government. You make also chose to become an entrepreneur and develop your own sustainable company.

Job examples

  • Policy Advisor
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Consultant
  • Development Specialist

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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,...

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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.

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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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