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University of Groningen

4.0 out of 5 (260 ratings / 247 reviews) Groningen, Netherlands
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.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (8)
Medicine & Health (2)
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. 


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. 


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. Y

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
64 5
69 -4
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
128 -14
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
80 -7
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
92 4
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 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. 

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. 

ICT services

  • Online workspace
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing Facilities

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

Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

It was fine so far. But housing issues are a big problem for me, and the prices of the rent are getting higher and higher as there is not enough housing. Also, the teachers are not available for many of our questions and they prefer to "get rid of us" when we come up with questions than help.

Just NO.
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

I would definitely not recommend it. There is a comment on Quora on why this university should be avoided and the person who wrote it hit the bullseye. Everything is confusing, the study plans and the way of conducting individual tasks, writing papers and proposals etc. There is no compromise with the professors unless they really like you, usually they stick to their plan...

A good master's program in an internationally-oriented university
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I began my studies at University of Groningen in 2021, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. I am happy with my choice of university and the program, particularly how the university handled the difficult situation of online teaching. I believe that the International Relations program offers it's students a wide range of opportunities and a chance to be independent in...


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