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BA, BSc

How long you will study
36 months

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full-time

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About Liberal Arts and Sciences at University of Groningen

The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at University College Groningen educates ambitious and multi-talented students to develop creative and innovative solutions for the challenges of society.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at UCGenables you to study a wide variety of academic disciplines and tobuild your own programme to fit your individual skills, interestsand ambitions. Whether you're interested in physics or economics,psychology or philosophy, you can study a broad range of subjectswhilst developing specialist knowledge in your major discipline. In the first year you will eplore the LAS disciplinary fields(Sciences, Social Sciences andHumanities) before choosing one of those fields as a major for your second and third year. You can also choose a freemajor. The programme focuses on interdisciplinary knowledge, andteaches you to apply creative approaches to complex problems in aseries of integrative projects that address real-world societalchallenges. You'll also studyResearch and Methodology courses (including logic, math andphilosophy of science) and have the option for an internationalexperience (e.g. study abroad) in your thirdyear. The programme prepares youfor Masters degrees and careers in many different fields includingBusiness, the Arts, Scientific research, GovernmentalOrganizations, NGO's, and more.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at University College Groningen educates ambitious and multi-talented students to develop creative and innovative solutions for challenges of today's society.

The Liberal Arts andSciences programme at UCG enables you to study a wide variety ofacademic disciplines and to build your own programme to fit yourindividual skills, interests and ambitions. Whether you'reinterested in physics or economics, psychology or philosophy, you can study a broad range of subjects whilst developing specialistknowledge in your majordiscipline.In the first year you will eplore theLAS disciplinary fields (Sciences, SocialSciences and Humanities) before choosingone of those fields as a major for your second and third year. Youcan also choose a free major.The programme focuses oninterdisciplinary knowledge, and teaches you to apply creativeapproaches to complex problems in a series of integrative projectsthat address real-world societalchallenges.You'll also study Research andMethodology courses (including logic, math and philosophy of science) and have the option for an international experience (e.g.study abroad) in your thirdyear.The programme prepares you forMasters degrees and careers in many different fields includingBusiness, the Arts, Scientific research, GovernmentalOrganizations, NGO's, andmore.

After your studies

Job prospects

Successful completion of the LAS programme leads to either aBachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. Both degreesreflect the same level; it is the content of the academic fieldthat you have chosen which determines the difference between thetwo degrees.

A Bachelor of Science degree is awarded to students completingthe programme with a major orientation in Physics of Energy, Healthand Life Sciences, and Cognition and Behaviour.

A Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded to students completing theprogramme with a major orientation in Reflecting on Culture:History and Criticism, or Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Students will have broad knowledge and understanding of thespectrum of academic disciplines combined with specializedknowledge of a disciplinary field and a strong competence to solvecomplex societal problems.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme will provide thegraduate with knowledge, skills and competences that will qualifyher or him to enter high-profile research Master's programmes in achosen academic discipline. Job opportunities will depend on thechosen Master's programme, but LAS graduates in the past haveprogressed to careers in a variety of fields including business,politics, the arts, scientific research, NGOs', and more.

Successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences programmeleads to either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree.Both degrees reflect the same level; it is the content of theacademic field that you have chosen which determines the differencebetween the two degrees.

A Bachelor of Science degree is awarded to students completingthe programme with a major orientation in Physics of Energy, Healthand Life Sciences, and Cognition and Behaviour. ABachelor of Arts degree is awarded to studentscompleting the programme with a major orientation in Reflecting onCulture: History and Criticism, or Philosophy, Politics andEconomics. Students will have broad knowledge and understanding of the spectrum of academic disciplines combined with specializedknowledge of a disciplinary field and a strong competence to solvecomplex societal problems. The Liberal Arts and Sciences programmewill provide the graduate with knowledge, skills and competencesthat will qualify her or him to enter high-profile researchMaster's programmes in a chosen academic discipline. Jobopportunities will depend on the chosen Master's programme, but LASgraduates in the past have progressed to careers in a variety offields including business, politics, the arts, scientific research,NGOs', and more.

Job examples

  • Policy Advisor
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Economist
  • Psychologist
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Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • academic propedeuse
  • HBO-p

Admission requirements

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assessment interview

Upon receiving your full application and motivation to study atUCG, you will be informed within 2 weeks whether you have beenoffered a place at University College Groningen. Because you willneed to make an informed decision whether UCG is your next bigstep, we would like to invite you to one of our monthly OfferHolder Days (dates t.b.c.). This day is your chance to visit theacademic and residential campus of UCG, talk to one of the membersof the UCG Board of Admissions, meet our Student Association Cearusand experience Groningen by yourself with other UCG Class of 2019Offer Holders. (Alternative arrangements can be made forinternational candidates, but they are more than welcome to attenda UCG Offer Holder Day).

math test

In addition to being proficient in English, another minimumrequirement for studying at UCG is proficiency in Mathematics. Wemeasure proficiency in Mathematics by having passed maths as agraduating course in your secondary education. For students formthe Netherlands, this means that you have to have passedMathematics A, B or C as a graduating course. If you do not meetthat requirement we would advice you to choose an alternativecourse / test to complement your application:

Course VWO Mathematics A (e.g. probability, statistics,calculus) or Mathematics B (e.g. differentiation, integration,trigonometry, geometry) offered in Dutch and English at theBoswell-Beta institute in Utrecht (the Netherlands) throughout theyear and during the summer months; Dutch VWO Wiskunde A or WiskundeB certificate (Dutch pre-university Mathematics A or B), obtainedat: CCVX (http://www.ccvx.nl/);AP Calculus AB or BC with a College Board examination; AS-level orA-level certificate in Mathematics (via one of the British A-levelexamination boards); IB certificate Mathematics Standard Level orHigher Level.

previous education

UK - 3 A Levels at Grade B; Germany - Abitur at Grade 2.0 orhigher; USA - 4 Advanced Placement Tests at Grade 4.0 or higher;International Baccalaureate Diploma - 32 points or higher. Allapplicants are also required to demonstrate proficiency in Englishand mathematics (see English and Maths sections for details)

written request

Video or letter of motivation - we would like you to presentyourself, your motivation to study LAS at UCG, and to tell us whatyour personal aspirations are during your time at UCG.

Admission requirements

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additional subject

Proficiency in English and Mathematics

assessment interview

Upon receiving your full application and motivation to study atUCG, you will be informed within 2 weeks whether you have beenoffered a place at University College Groningen. All students willbe interviewed, either in-person or via Skype.

language test

As English is the official language of UCG, all applicants arerequired to take an English proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, orEnglish Language Test from the University of Groningen LanguageCentre).

Please note some people will be exempt from the languagerequirement:

  • Native English speakers
  • Applicants with an IB/EB diploma taught and assessed inEnglish
  • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma and a 7 or higher inEnglish
  • Applicants with a German Abitur Diploma and a 10 or higher for the English Kurs
  • Applicants with a secondary school diploma from an Englishspeaking country (United States of America, Canada, Australia, NewZealand, United Kingdom, Ireland)
math test

Next to being proficient in English, another minimum requirementfor studying at UCG is proficiency in Mathematics. We measureproficiency in Mathematics by having passed maths as a graduatingcourse in your secondary education. For students from theNetherlands, this means that you have to have passed Mathematics A,B or C as a graduating course. If you do not meet that requirementwe would advise you to choose an alternative course / test tocomplement your application:

Course VWO Mathematics A (e.g. probability, statistics,calculus, logarithmics) or Mathematics B (e.g. differentiation,integration, trigonometry, geometry) offered in Dutch and Englishat the Boswell-Beta institute in Utrecht (the Netherlands)throughout the year and during the summer months; Dutch VWOWiskunde A or Wiskunde B certificate (Dutch pre universityMathematics A or B), obtained at: CCVX (http://www.ccvx.nl/); AP CalculusAB or BC with a College Board examination; AS-level or A-levelcertificate in Mathematics (via one of the British A-levelexamination boards); IB certificate Mathematics Standard Level orHigher Level or Mathematics studies

written request

Video or personal statement - we would like you to presentyourself, your motivation to study LAS at UCG, and to tell us whatyour personal aspirations are during your time at UCG.

Registration procedure

1 - Apply via Studielink and OAS (Online Application System) Youneed to submit your personal information, details of your prioreducation, and your video/letter of motivation. 2 - If you are madean offer you will be invited to visit UCG at an Offer Holder Day(dates TBC) where you can talk with a member of the Board ofAdmission, meet our study association Caerus and experienceGroningen. Check www.rug.nl/ucg for further details

Apply via Studielink and OAS (Online Application System) Youneed to submit your personal information, details of your prioreducation, and your video/personal statement.

Check www.rug.nl/ucg for further details

Choice of degree programme check

Prospective students can request a meeting to discuss their choice of degree programme.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

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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