Groningen University: ranking

University of Groningen: Admission, ranking and cost of living

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Discover more about the University of Groningen, the second oldest university in the Netherlands: this guide explains Groningen University's ranking, the admission process and the cost of living.

The University of Groningen is one of the largest universities in the Netherlands. It is a leading research university found in the north of the country.

This guide introduces students to the University of Groningen, including information about Groningen's cost of living, facts and figures about the university and its student population, available courses, the University of Groningen admission process and Groningen University's address and contact details.

Students at the University of Groningen

Total number of students enrolled (2016): 29,407

Total number of international students enrolled (2016): 5,990

Groningen University ranking (2016)

Times Higher Education: #80 in the world.

ARWU (Shanghai): #72 in the world.

Groningen University: awards

Professor Frits Zernike – Nobel Prize in Physics (1953)

Professor Ben Feringa – Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2016)

Professor Ben Feringa won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the development of molecular machines. Feringa has been a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Groningen since 1988 and his 1999 discovery of the 'molecular motor' – a light-driven rotary molecular motor – is widely recognised as a spectacular scientific breakthrough. He is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the field of molecular engines.

Ben Feringa is regarded as one of the best scientists of our time, both within the Netherlands and worldwide. His research performance is exceptional. This is mainly due to the many breakthroughs he has achieved in various fields of chemistry, including organic synthesis, catalysis, supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. He is generally regarded as one of the world’s most creative and productive chemists.

The history of the University of Groningen

The University of Groningen has a long academic tradition extending back to 1614, which makes Groningen the oldest university in the Netherlands after Leiden. Many talented people from a variety of disciplines have studied or worked at the university during its 400 years of existence, including two Nobel Prize winners, the first female university student in the Netherlands, the first female lecturer, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank. They share their academic roots with more than 120,000 others who have attended the University of Groningen as students, lecturers or research workers. Today, nearly 30,000 students from more than 120 countries study at the university, where more than 150 degree programmes are taught in English.

The 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 Science and Engineering is 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 northern Netherlands, offers much in the way of shopping, nightlife and entertainment.

The University of Groningen in the Netherlands

The University of Groningen's curriculum

The University of Groningen offers 48 Bachelor's degree programs, 29 of which are taught entirely in English, and 167 Master’s degree programmes, of which 126 are English-taught.

Groningen University is divided into 11 faculties:

  • Philosophy
  • Arts
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Law, Economics and Business
  • Medical Sciences
  • Science and Engineering
  • Spatial Sciences
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • University College Groningen and Campus Fryslan.


Groningen offers a varied range of interesting, top-rated degree programmes. Students receive high-quality, small-scale supervision and have many options to choose from. In terms of research, Groningen is among the top universities in Europe. The University carries out award-winning, ground-breaking and socially relevant research, and builds bridges between disciplines. Students are typically involved in this research.

University of Groningen admission

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

Tuition fees at Groningen University

Tuition for Dutch, EU, EEA and Surinamese students, studying a first bachelor's or master's degree, is EUR 2,006 for the 2017/2018 school year.

International student fees for Bachelor’s degrees are approximately EUR 8,200, with the exception of Medicine and Dental studies each costing EUR 32,000 per year. Master program fees for international students range from EUR 11,400 to EUR 14,200 and are again dependent on the chosen major.

Groningen cost of living

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 university attendance.

Foreign students will need to prove they can cover these costs when applying for a Dutch residence permit. While both European and international students are permitted to work while studying, restrictions and rules apply (read about Dutch work permits). Scholarships and grants may be available to help students with the cost of study.

The University of Groningen's address

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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