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The award
BA

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

All study options

About History at University of Groningen

Have you ever thought about what connects the past with the present? And would you like to learn more about the background to various historic events? If so, this is your programme!

As a student in the international track of the Bachelor's degree programme in History, you search for explanations of events that took place in the past and are still relevant today. You learn about the connections between various developments, and you're encouraged to dig deeper and ask critical questions.

The programme takes three years. In the first year, you are given an overview of history from Antiquity to the present day, and you study Dutch history. In the second year, you examine history on the basis of various themes, such as economic and social history,political culture and cultural history. The third year, whichincludes a course unit on the theory of history, is used to deepen your knowledge. Your Bachelor's programme is rounded off with athesis. As a history student, you are free to compile part of the programme yourself.

You can study for a Bachelor's degree in History on a full-time or a part-time basis, but there is no specific part-time programme.All classes in the international track of the Historyprogramme are in English.

Ben je nieuwsgierig naar de samenhang tussen heden en verleden? Wil je je verdiepen in de achtergronden van historische gebeurtenissen? Dan is deze opleiding iets voor jou .

Tijdens de bacheloropleiding Geschiedenis zoek je naarverklaringen voor ontwikkelingen in het heden en het verleden. Ookleer je hoe verschillende gebeurtenissen met elkaar samenhangen. Jedurft diep te graven en stelt kritische vragen.
De opleiding duurt drie jaar. In het eerste jaar krijg je eenoverzicht van de geschiedenis van de Oudheid tot nu en bestudeer jede Nederlandse geschiedenis. In het tweede jaar onderzoek je degeschiedenis aan de hand van thema's, zoals economische en socialegeschiedenis, politieke cultuur en cultuurgeschiedenis. In hetderde jaar verdiep je je kennis, onder andere met een college overgeschiedtheorie. Je rondt de opleiding af met eenscriptie. Als geschiedenisstudent kun je een deel van jeprogramma zelf samenstellen.
Naast het Nederlandstalige onderwijs kun je in de bachelorGeschiedenis kiezen voor de International Track, waarin hetonderwijs volledig in het Engels aangeboden wordt. Je kunt debachelor Geschiedenis zowel in voltijd als deeltijd volgen. Eris echter geen apart deeltijdprogramma. Specialiseren doe je in demasterfase.

After your studies

Job prospects

After completing your degree in History, you will be able tothink critically, with a focus on problems. You will also be ableto process large amounts of information and present the resultsclearly. Historians often find work in journalism and in museums,cultural institutions or publishing houses. Many of them go intopolitics, the government or business.

Na je studie Geschiedenis kun je kritisch en probleemgerichtdenken. Je bent in staat grote hoeveelheden informatie te verwerkenen kunt de uitkomsten goed presenteren. Historici vinden vaak werkin de journalistiek, bij musea, culturele instellingen ofuitgeverijen. Ook gaan ze regelmatig aan de slag in de politiek,bij de overheid of in het bedrijfsleven.

Job examples

  • Government policy officer
  • Spokesperson for a mayor
  • Exhibition organizer
  • Journalist
  • Reseacher
  • Lecturer or teacher
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300
  • The awardBAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 1517International course feesEUR 4550

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • HBO-p

    Students who want to follow the English-taught track need tomeet the language requirements as mentioned in the teaching andexamination regulations.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on allitems), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items. LanguageCentre English Test (LCET) B2 on all items (preferably C1).

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an InternationalBaccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diplomathat is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Studentswith a Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma also need to meet thelanguage requirements mentioned above.

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

Wil je in september 2017 beginnen met een bacheloropleiding aande Rijksuniversiteit Groningen? Meld je dan uiterlijk op 1 mei aanin Studielink. De opleiding nodigt je vervolgens uit voor eenmatchingsactiviteit, om te zien of jij en de studie bij elkaarpassen.

Hoe een matchingsprogramma er precies uit ziet, verschilt peropleiding. Na de activiteit krijg je een advies waarin staat of jepast bij de studie. Aanmelden op uiterlijk 1 mei en deelnemen aande matchingsactiviteit is verplicht.

Heb je vragen over matching? Kijk dan op www.rug.nl/matching

What students think about University of Groningen

    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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