University College Groningen

University of Groningen

University College Groningen, one of the ten faculties of the University of Groningen, offers a bachelors degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences and is taught entirely in English. Being a demanding and intense degree where you get to enjoy the freedom to think outside of the box, your studies will focus around these important themes of our times: Energy, Healthy Ageing and the Sustainable Society. In your second year of studies, you will pick your major specialisation within the areas of Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

You will study in a beautifully renovated building with plenty of learning space, equipped with the latest technology, as well as a library, self-catering kitchen and lounge area to relax in.

The University of Groningen ranks in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU and the World University Rankings and is a recognised provider of top-quality education and high-quality research.

Groningen has a very youthful population, where students make up around one quarter of the city's 195,000 residents. With the city’s many bars, restaurants, theatres, museums and sports facilities, you will never be bored. But if you do feel like leaving the vibrant city life, the countryside is never far away. Take a breath of air and clear your head while enjoying the flat landscape and limitless view in all directions when you get nearer to the ‘Wadden Sea’.

As a student at University College Groningen, you will spend the first year of your studies in UCG accommodation, which will cost about €480 per month (depending on your room) - all inclusive.

Beyond your first year, you may choose to stay within UCG accommodation, the Frascati International Students House, or find alternative accommodation. The Frascati International Students House is located conveniently close to the city centre, a brief walk from the UCG campus building and right next to Groningen train station.

University College Groningen values ambition, talent and diversity, and understand that going to university is an important financial decision. UCG's scholarship and grant programme is committed to helping highly qualified students become part of the UCG community. UCG offers several grants to students enrolling onto the BA/BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences in September 2017. They are awarded on the basis of academic merit, social engagement, and financial need and the scholarship grantees will work for and with UCG to share their experiences of studying in Groningen.

USP Scholarship (for Non-EU students)

The USP Scholarship is a grant towards study and living costs (not a tuition waver). The value of the USP scholarship is €12,000 and this amount will be paid in monthly installments. The USP scholarship is intended for students with an excellent academic profile, but who require financial assistance to study. Evidence of social engagement and extracurricular activities will support your request for funding. UCG aims to reward students with great ambition, but who also have a great passion for social engagement and who are determined to make a positive impact during their studies at UCG. There are two USP scholarships available for the academic year of 2017/2018. The BA/BSC Liberal Arts and Sciences is a 3-year programme and therefore the scholarship is in principle a 3-year scholarship. However, the awarding of the scholarship in the second and third study year depends on the academic achievenements and grades in the previour study year. Application deadline 1 February 2017

How to Apply for the USP Scholarship

1. Submit a letter of motivation to explain why you believe you should be considered for a scholarship. This should:

  • Be a maximum of 500 words in a Word document.
  • Explain why you believe you deserve a scholarship and why you need financial assistance for your studies (this is not why you want to apply for the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree as you will have already explained this in your application).
  • Explain your experiences with social engagement and extracurricular events. Explain how you want to contribute to society in the future, what issues are important to you and why it is important for you to be awared the USP scholarship. Also explain your ambitions and how you would like to achieve these ambitions and goals during your studies at UCG.
  • Be emailed to newstudents.ucg@rug.nl no later than 1 February 2017 - the email title must be: 'Letter of Motivation - USP Scholarship'.
  • In order to be eligible for this scholarship you must complete your application in OAS before 1 February 2017 as well.

2. The final funding decision will be communicated to you by the Admission & Selection Coordinator.

Stepping Stone Scholarship (for EU students)

The Stepping Stone Scholarship is a grant towards study and living costs (not a tuition waver). The value of the Stepping Stone Scholarship is €4,000 and this amount will be paid in monthly installments. The Stepping Stone Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of commitment to community service and UCG aims to reward students with great ambition, but who also have a great passion for social engagement and who are determined to make a positive impact during their studies at UCG. There are two Stepping Stone Scholarships available for the academic year of 2017/2018. Application deadline 1 April 2017

How to Apply for the Stepping Stone Scholarship

1. Submit a letter of motivation to explain why you believe you should be considered for a scholarship. This should:

  • Be a maximum of 500 words in a Word document.
  • Explain why you believe you deserve a scholarship and why you need financial assistance for your studies (this is not why you want to apply for the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree as you will have already explained this in your application). Explain your ambitions and how you would like to achieve these ambitions and goals during your studies at UCG.
  • Be emailed to newstudents.ucg@rug.nl no later than 1 April 2017 - the email title must be: 'Letter of Motivation - Stepping Stone Scholarship'.
  • In order to be eligible for this scholarship you must complete your application in OAS before 1 April 2017 as well.

2. The final funding decision will be communicated to you by the Admission & Selection Coordinator.

Please note: these scholarships are intended solely for students applying for the BA/BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at the faculty University College Groningen.

University College Groningen encourages students to spend a period of time abroad. One of the options to have an 'international experience' is through a student exchange programme or joining a summer or winter school at one of partner universities. We believe that studying abroad broadens the perspective of our students, both academically as well as on an interpersonal level. Moreover, the incoming exchange students, together with the many international degree students, add to the international and intercultural atmosphere of UCG.

Study Abroad offers you the experience of a different culture (both for living and studying) and gives you the opportunity to find interesting academic challenges outside of the UCG curriculum at top universities around the world. Moreover, this experience will add to your employability since potential employers generally value 'international experience'. There are scholarships for all students who wish to study a semester abroad during their degree.

  • Year institution founded: 2014
  • Total enrolled: 137
  • Men to women ratio: 35/65

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Jacky Yuejie Wang

Testimonial from Jacky Yuejie Wang, student at University College Groningen

Studying at UCG allows me to explore numerous academic disciplines which has really broadened my horizons. For example, the world of mathematics becomes so vivid and interesting when combined with philosophy. I really enjoy seminars with my fellow students from various countries and religiong - we exchange opinions based on our diverse backgrounds, and that's where you really learn about the world. 

Jack Dignam

I chose University College Groningen because it offered me a wide range of subjects which I could tailor to my interests and ambitions, along with being able to learn from a variety of disciplines before having to narrow my study. I also love the international setting of UCG; learning about other cultures and experiences unique to my classmates has been an amazing experience that is hard to find elsewhere. 

Cairo Geha

Testimonial from Cairo Geha, student at University College Groningen

I chose to study at UCG because it seemed like the perfect university for me. Through this program I was able to explore all of my interests year one, grow as a community with my class, and have a large influence over many aspects of the education and regulations of the building. Through UCG, you are able to do whatever you want with your education. The possibilities that this program offers is beyond anything I ever imagined for a university setting.

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