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University of Groningen

4.2 out of 5 (248 ratings / 171 reviews) Groningen, Netherlands
The University of Groningen is a top-100 ranked university and provides students with high-quality education, is internationally oriented and ranks among the best universities in Europe. Our research is top-notch and socially relevant. Finally, our vibrant student city has the youngest population in the Netherlands - it never sleeps!

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (12)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Engineering & Technology (3)
Humanities (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Education & Training (1)
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart.


  • Bachelor's degree programmes
  • Master's degree programmes
  • PhD Programmes
  • Double degrees
  • Exchange programmes
  • Honours College
  • Teacher education
  • Summer/Winter Schools
  • Online courses: MOOC
  • Other study opportunities


The University provides high quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines. We distinguish ourselves in the international market through a close link between education and research and by focusing on three key elements: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.

Not only are our education and research programmes socially relevant, but our researchers also collaborate with business partners, public institutions and the government. In addition, the University of Groningen stimulates current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues by providing convincing perspectives and fresh ideas, based on the latest scientific findings.


Groningen and its university offer facilities for development and talent. As our student, you will be able to fully develop your abilities and make a contribution to research and society. Your professors and teachers will be there to guide you every step of the way. You can also visit our Career’s Centre for advice. Groningen is the place to be after you have graduated; you can find employment at the University or in one of the many companies in the City of Talent! Want to move? Groningen is an internationally well-respected institute: you will be able to find employment all over the world both in scientific as well as corporate fields.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
66 -7
59 13
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
79 4
83 -3
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
120 -7
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
101 -7
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The University has several Service Desk for diverse questions. Our employees of the International Service Desk, the Mobility Desk and the University Desk are present daily to help with questions about visa's, finances and moving to Groningen.

If you have any questions about studying and being a student which are not directly related to your programme, come to the Student Service Centre (SSC). We can help you to look for answers and remove any obstacles that are blocking your study path.

Housing services

In Groningen students live throughout the city and among the locals. As such there is no campus or campus accommodation. To help international students to find proper housing, the University of Groningen has reserved accommodation with the SSH: an independent non-profit organization providing student housing in Groningen. The University has reserved more than 1550 rooms for new international students with the SSH in order to offer each new international student a furnished room.

Accommodation with SSH consists of single rooms or double rooms and studios. Prices for these rooms in the year ’17-’18 will cost around € 360. The rent includes all utilities (room, heating, electricity, furniture, internet, etc).

Library services

The University Library which consists of the UL City Centre and three specialist libraries is responsible for academic information provision for the University of Groningen. The UL City serves as an information centre for the entire academic community, whereas the other libraries are information centres for faculty-specific research. There are plenty study places available in the libraries in town

ICT services

We provide the following ICT facilities:

  • Wireless internet around campus
  • CIT IT Support
  • Computer Work-spaces
  • Digital study portals
  • Electronic databases
  • Student mail
  • Printing facilities
  • Ocasys: Digital Course Catalog

Medical services

When moving to the Netherlands, you must get private health insurance and register with a general GP. For mental health problems, you can make an appointment with on-campus psychologist trained in helping students from different cultures and backgrounds with a wide variety of problems.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Groningen is located in several beautiful buildings all over the city of Groningen. Our main building - the Academic building - is located in town centre opposite the university library. Our Sciences and Economics departments are located at the Zernike Campus - a large student campus with two gyms, a supermarket and more than 10 university buildings in different bright colors. Speaking of sports, our student sport centre is the largest of the Netherlands and offers more than 85 different sports and supports 49 sports clubs.The city of Groningen is our campus: you will never have to bike far!

Sports facilities

Our University Sport Centre the ACLO is the biggest university sport centre in the Netherlands. Whether you want to try out for a team, go to an occasional Zumba class or try out rock-climbing, the ACLO is the place to be. The ACLO offers more than 85 different sports and supports 49 sports clubs. In addition to our sport facilities, the University offers special arrangements for top athletes to adapt their study programme to their athletic programme.

Student clubs

The University has a broad range of student associations for international students, ranging from political to event-planning and more! The USVA is an organization which organizes cultural classes and events - so you can develop your creative skills and meet new people. The Exchange Student Network is the biggest of its kind in Europe and organizes a host of events for International Students - including parties and teaching new students to ride a bike!


The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU and the THE World University Rankings. We are ranked as the Best Traditional University of the Netherlands. Furthermore, 9 of our bachelor degree programmes are ranked as Top Programmes by Dutch awards.

Accreditation and assessment:

  • NVAO
  • QANU

Student Reviews

Being abroad helped me to develope my personality
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Studying in the Netherlands was a great experience. Not only were the courses of really high quality but the people in the country were really friendly and made my time abroad enjoyable. Living abroad helped me to develope my social skills and to build my personality. I would recommend the participation in the Erasmus programme to anyone who wants to extend there views and...

Psychology bachelor review
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University it's self is great University however the learning type is not for everyone. It's mostly multiple choice exams that require you to self study and read a lot. In this program there is very little access to hands on experience but if you get in contact with professors they are more than willing to help and work with you. The best part of the University is...

Uni life
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Being a uni student is completely different from high school! you learn how to solve your problems on you own and how to deal with almost everything! Life becomes different in many aspects, sometimes much more difficolt, sometimes it actually gets easier! You cook you own meal, clean your house, go grocery shopping, if something happens you must resolve it, otherwise...