Universities in the Netherlands

University of Groningen: Facts & figures

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If you're planning to study in the Netherlands, the University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in 1614.


Total Students Enrolled (2013): Approx. 29,407

Overall Ranking (2013)

Times Higher Education: #98 in the world.

QS World Rankings: #97 in the world


The second oldest university in the Netherlands, the University of Groningen was founded in 1614. The school grew swiftly for its first 75 years, with many of its students coming from abroad. However, in the 17th and 18th centuries, the university went through a difficult period of transition based in differences of theological opinion, conflict with local governing bodies, and political strife. Though the university earned recognition as a national college of higher education in 1815, it was threatened with closure until its place in Groningen was affirmed with the addition of a main university building in 1850, though it burned down just 56 years later. However, the school thrived in the coming decades, dedicating itself to research and expanding its student body.

Campus and setting

The buildings comprising the University of Groningen are spread throughout the city, from its historic centre to the outskirts, where the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are found. Like elsewhere in the Netherlands, students typically commute from one university building to the next via bicycle, and the school offers new international students a special course in safe riding. The city of Groningen has a youthful feeling thanks to its large student population, and as the main urban centre of the Netherlands' north, offers much in the way of shopping, nightlife and entertainment.


The University of Groningen offers 58 bachelor's degree programs, nine of which are taught entirely in English and 83 English-language master's degrees. The university is divided into nine faculties: Philosophy, Arts, Law, Economics and Business, Medical Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Spatial Sciences, Behavioural and Social Sciences and Theology and Religious Studies. The mission of the university is to 'provide high quality teaching and research, be internationally oriented, respect differences in ambition and talent, works actively with business, the government and the public, and rank among the best universities in Europe'.


Admissions standards at the University of Groningen vary for each faculty, but all programs require a secondary school diploma. There are also varying requirements in concern to Dutch and English language capabilities, some of which require proficiency testing. Non-EU residents also need residency permits, and possibly visas, in order to study at the school.


Tuition for Dutch, EU, EEA and Surinamese students, studying for a first bachelor's or master's degree, is EUR 1,771 for the 2012/2013 school year. International student fees range from EUR 7,500 to EUR 10,000, with dental studies costing EUR 32,000 per year. Master program fees for international students range from EUR 9,600 to EUR 13,000 and are again dependent on major.

Living Expenses

The University of Groningen estimates the average student will require EUR 500 to EUR 700 a month for rent and food. Books, insurance and other fees will add to the price of attendance. Foreign students will need to prove they can cover these costs when applying for residence permits. Though both European and international students are permitted to work while studying, restrictions and rules apply. Scholarships and grants may be available to help students with the cost of study.

Postal address
International Service Desk
University of Groningen
PO Box 72, 9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands

Visiting address
International Service Desk
Broerstraat 5
Academy Building, 1st floor, room 133A

Email: isd@rug.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)50 363 8181
Fax: +31 (0)50 363 7100
Website: www.rug.nl

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