University of Groningen

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence.
  • From art history to the art of international business, the University of Groningen is the place to be.
  • While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people h

Bachelor's programmes

Education & Training (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (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.


The University of Groningen provides top-quality educational programmes. We offer a wide variety of interesting, highly regarded degree programmes that rank well both nationally and internationally. 

  • Bachelor's degree programmes
  • Master's degree programmes
  • PhD Programmes
  • Exchange programmes
  • Summer/Winter Schools


The University of Groningen is among the European top in the field of academic research. We are successful because we apply fundamental academic research in an innovative way when dealing with social and individual problems. Groningen-based researchers collaborate with colleagues from all over the world on a daily basis and University of Groningen lecturers actively involve their students in research.


Studying is about more than just gaining a degree certificate. It is also about preparing for a successful career, and Career Services is here to help students of the University of Groningen do this. Career Services helps students to make well-informed choices and gives them the opportunity to realize those choices. We do this by offering workshops and training courses, and by providing help with writing a CV and letter of application. You can also come to Career Services for personal careers advice.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
65 1
66 -7
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
73 6
79 4
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
96 5
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.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
114 6
120 -7
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

The Student Service Centre is the University’s expertise centre for student guidance and supervision. Student counsellors, student psychologists and trainers talk to and advise students with complex personal problems, coach them and provide short-term counselling, training courses and workshops aimed at enhancing academic skills and personal development. The SSC also uses its expertise to support the student advisors in the programme departments.

Housing services

Groningen is a lively student-city with around 50,000 (international) students. It’s no wonder then that the city’s slogan is “Nothing tops Groningen” (in Dutch: “Er gaat niets boven Groningen”). The high student population in Groningen brings the average age of the town down to 36; this makes Groningen the youngest city in the Netherlands. With one in four people being a student, there are a lot of festivals and events in the city such as the ESN introduction week geared towards students and our bars have no official closing times.

Library services

As part of the library facilities, the university offers access to more than 80,000 e-journals, one million ebooks, three million printed books, and 5,000 magazines. The university houses three different libraries, the University Library (UB) in the city centre, the Zernike library, and the central medical library. Smartcat is the university’s online library catalogue which you can use to access all books, e-books, magazines, journals, DVDs etc. available through the University Library. 

ICT services

  • Online workspace
Students of the UG receive a student number and password, with these it is possible to log in and make use of services such as the student portal (which gives an overview of all personalised study information), university email, progress and Smartcat.
  • Wireless Internet
The university has wireless internet provided by Eduroam. In many of the buildings, students and employees of the UG and other educational institutions can access and use the wireless network Eduroam.
  • Printing Facilities
Students can print at the university using their student number. Credit can be topped up online using iDeal, VISA, or Mastercard. If you have loaded credit on to your card, you can upload the document you want to print, go to the university printers, and using either your student card to log-in or by manually logging-in, you can access your print job.

Medical services

The Health, Safety & Sustainability (AMD) employs a variety of experts in the fields of work and organization, sick leave, staff welfare, occupational health and hygiene, ergonomics, the environment, occupational safety and radiation safety.

Student Life

Campus life

In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away. And, because it’s relatively affordable here, students live across the city, making all of Groningen your campus. Groningen is also a safe and green city to live in, with the quiet countryside only a short bike-ride away.

Student clubs

Student life is about so much more than just preparing you for a lifetime of achievement. During your time in Groningen, you’ll get to experience everything the city has to offer, from a vibrant art and music scene to a unique, student-inspired nightlife.


Accreditation and assessment:

  • NVAO
  • QANU

Student Reviews

From the nest to the best
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had to take a pre-master programme before being accepted into the TDC master track, but it was totally worth it! Professors and other professionals care about you and your future, they really try to give you all the necessary tools for achieving YOUR stairway to your future. The subject, nevertheless, are inspiring and useful even in everyday life. University of...

Supply chain management master review (RUG)
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Generally it was ok and courses were very helpful. I would like to state that the thesis was a complete and utter waste of my time and would have preferred to do more courses instead. Students should be given an option to not do the thesis and take more courses instead as it only contributes if you want to go for an academic career.

A little about Electrical/Electronic Engineering
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My field exposed me to the importance of electricity to human lives, i love the course because it aids development. Electrical Engineering is very vast, it touches so many aspect of life eg health, transportation, Communication etc making life easier. It is subdivided into four specialization, which include; power system engineering, electronics, communication and control....

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