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Top reasons to study at University of Groningen

  • Top 100 university
  • 180+ highly-ranked Bachelor’s and Master's degree programmes offered across 11 faculties
  • Excellent PhD-programmes offered across 10 graduate schools
  • Groundbreaking research
  • Over 400 years of reputation
  • Vibrant student city
  • Global community of 120+ nationalities 

About University of Groningen

Country the Netherlands
Number of courses 207
Year founded 1614
Number of students 36000
Number of part-time students 15


The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614. The institution is research-intensive and offers a range of highly regarded bachelors, masters and PhD's in all fields, completely in English.

International Admissions

The university has a student body of over 36,000, of which more than 9,000 are international students. An international curriculum has been developed to produce graduates who are ready for a career in a global environment.

International admissions to the University of Groningen can be made online. Entry requirements to courses will vary depending on the level of study and course chosen. General entry requirements will also include English language proficiency, however, these will also vary depending on the faculty of the chosen course.

Subject Areas

Courses are offered at the University in the following subject areas:

  • Economics and Business
  • Arts
  • Law
  • Religion, Culture and Society
  • Philosophy
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Science and Engineering
  • Spatial Sciences

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Courses at University of Groningen

There are 207 courses listed from University of Groningen. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Student reviews of University of Groningen

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If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at University of Groningen

The university is committed to recognising 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.

Besides scholarships awarded by the University of Groningen, a number of grants awarded by the Dutch government, the EU and (inter)national organizations, such as World Bank or the Ford Foundation, can be used for study or research at the University of Groningen as well.

Find out what is available through our grant finder page.

Services Offered for International Students

  • Airport pickup and reception services
  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • International student clubs and associations
  • Religious Facilities - combined facilities
  • Social Activities
  • Sporting facilities
  • Sporting facilities - variety of clubs
  • Sporting facilities - Gym
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports

Accommodation Information for Students

Being an international student in Groningen means you’ll be living in this amazing city. Universities in the Netherlands do not tend to have a campus and that means there is no on-site accommodation. However, you’ll find most students live amongst the locals or ‘Stadjers’ across the city. To help you find a place to live, the university has partnered with SSH Housing which has a list of halls and student accommodation available. Apply early to ensure you secure a room.

Facts about University of Groningen

  • Year institution founded: 1614
  • Total enrolled: 36000
  • International to domestic ratio: 85

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