Radboud University

Radboud University is a broad, international oriented university that aspires to be one of the best in Europe. Together with Radboudumc, we have created an intellectual environment that inspires and challenges our students and staff so that they can extend the scope of academic disciplines and benefit society.

Top reasons to study here

  • International recognition - You will be studying at the fastest rising Dutch university in the international university rankings.
  • Personal approach - Our personal style of teaching offers you plenty of opportunity to work closely with researchers and teachers in interactive, small seminars
  • Extensive freedom of choice - You decide which specialisation and subject choice is most appropriate for you.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (7)
Humanities (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)



Radboud University Nijmegen was established on 17 October 1923 under the name Catholic University Nijmegen. With their own university, Dutch Catholics sought to promote the emancipation of Roman Catholics in the Netherlands, who at that time were strongly underrepresented in public administration, the legal profession, medicine and other sectors.


Radboud University is a place where you are challenged to discover what you need in order to obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited degree. The university challenges its students to actively participate in the academic community and trains them to be critical and committed academics.

The university’s academic staff come from all over the world, and a large proportion of our student population has spent at least some months studying at a university abroad.Radboud University aspires to quality. Internationalisation plays a major role in the quality of our teaching, research and service provision.


The research profile of Radboud University has two main components: an academic and a societal profile. The academic profile covers the academic disciplines in which the University is engaged and the sub-disciplines in which it excels. The societal profile covers the societal themes with which the University is connected through its academic research.

Radboud University Nijmegen is home to several research institutions, including Institute for Management Research (IMR), NanoLab Nijmegen, Donders Centre for Cognition and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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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
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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

Radboud University Nijmegen offers a number of outstanding facilities which makes it increasingly easy for foreign students to study in Nijmegen:

  • Growing number of English-taught programmes
  • Excellent Library with more than one million books available for students to read on the spot or take away
  • State-of-the-art computer and electronic facilities
  • On campus Study Store where students can find all the necessary study materials
  • On campus CopyShop for printing, scanning and copying
  • Modern and large spots centre facilities
All the University buildings, lecture rooms, facilities, research institutes and the University Hospital are situated together on the former Heyendael estate.

Housing services

Most students in Nijmegen live in student complexes and student houses, share an apartment or rent a room in a house with a landlady or landlord. Each student has its own private room and normally shares the kitchen and bathroom facilities.

International students who start an English-taught Bachelor’s or Master's programme will receive assistance in finding a suitable accommodation, provided their request for admission to the Master's programme was received before the deadline for the service package and the International Office has received the letter of acceptance from Student Affairs.

Library services

The Central Library is a place where students can look up information, study, meet up, relax and to work together. The University Library has recently been renovated and expanded. More than 250 workplaces have been added, under which rooms to work in groups and silent workplaces. All in all, there are more than 1,000 seats where students and employees, but also external visitors are able to work. 

ICT services

ICT services provides IT services to the academic community. The university has contracts with several software companies, which enables its students and employees to get ‘free’ (i.e., paid for by the university) software. Besides centrally financed services, it is also possible to make use of a number of services at a charge, for example hosting and workplace support.

Student Life

Campus life

The University is not just for lectures: you can also become acquainted with art and culture. Besides musical performances, cabaret nights and discussion programmes on the CultuurCafé stage, as well as movies, there are also lunch performances, and a daily opportunity to enjoy various exhibitions. Moreover, Culture on the Campus organises festivals in various parts of the campus, as well as working together with the study clubs of Radboud University and the various stages in town.

Sports facilities

The Radboud Sports Centre is the largest and most versatile sports centre in Nijmegen, with indoor facilities that include a 1000m² modern fitness area, four squash courts, four multipurpose rooms, two sports halls, a gym, and indoor cycling room, a dojo, a climbing wall and a boulder wall; and outdoor facilities that include twelve tennis courts, two beach volleyball courts, two artificial turf hockey fields, an artificial turf football and rugby pitch, a 400-metre running track, a climbing wall, a small basketball court and a small artificial turf practice field. The Sports Café, with a spacious roof terrace, is the perfect place to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

Student clubs

Students at Radboud University are very eager to promote international contacts. They also realise that when foreign students come to Nijmegen it is essential for them to feel at home. Foreign students are therefore cordially invited to participate on a fully equal basis in a number of student organizations, for example: social clubs, study clubs, ideological associations and cultural societies.


NVAO is entrusted by law to accredit all existing Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses and to validate new study programmes at government-funded institutions of higher education and at institutions approved (but not funded) by the Dutch government. .

Student Reviews

Great uni
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The support staff is there to advice you on issues regarding settling down, finding a room, cultural differences, and language courses. The professors engage with their students in an attempt to make their courses interesting and relevant to their students. In addition, they enjoy a good discussion with their students.

Radboud offers the ultimate student experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Radboud University allows for you to truly take part in an academic community. Studying at Radboud is at times challenging but extremely rewarding. The Business Administration programme is very interdisciplinary, combining business, economics, psychology and sociology together to form a programme suitable for many interests. I chose this programme due to its many Masters...

Radboud graduates stand out in the job market
Natalia Cervantes rated 5 out of 5 stars

Attending Radboud Univeristy allows you to really be part of an academic community. The university is very much research focused, training you how to understand and analyze academic literature, conduct your own research and take part in the academic world. However, it also trains you in the practicalities of your field. Studying Business Administration, I didn't expect the...