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Prepare for your studies

To ensure that you are ready to start your chosen programme at the University of Groningen you should find out as much as you can about your course and how to make the most of your time at the University.

Programme information

You should find out as much as you can about the programme that you will be studying. The programme webpages on the University website have a great deal of guidance and you can also look for your programme using Ocasys.

Register for courses

You should receive information from your faculty detailing how and when you can register for your courses. Please ensure that you follow these instructions and if you have any questions, you should contact your faculty's Education Desk.

Student card

The University of Groningen student card (known as the 'RUGpas') is your evidence that you are a student at the University and will be used throughout your time as a student here. It will contain your name, ID number, a photograph and the fact you are a student.

Once you have uploaded your photo and are completely enrolled for your study programme, your student card will automatically be created. This takes approximately two weeks.

The address that you have filled out in Studielink is leading in how you will receive your student card. If you have filled out an address in the Netherlands, your student card will automatically be sent to you by post. If you have not yet updated your information and Studielink only has your address abroad, your student card will be sent to your faculty.

Welcoming Ceremony

The University of Groningen has two Welcoming Ceremonies every year - one in February and another in September. As a new international student it is strongly recommended that you attend as you will learn more about your new city, student associations, and you will get the opportunity to meet other new students.

Faculty introductions

All faculties will have an introduction programme to tell you more about what to expect when you start and also give an insight into your programme. Details can be found here:

Welcome events

ESN introduction week
The ESN introduction week is the best way to start off your time in Groningen. It's a fantastic way to meet Dutch and international students! Get to know your way around Groningen, find out where the best bars and clubs are, learn about Dutch history, watch a comedy act and learn everything about the transport (even how to ride a bike!). You can sign up online!

ESN is a student association offering several events throughout the year for both Dutch and international students.

KEI-Week
The city of Groningen has 50,000 students (roughly a quarter of the population) and there are a number of events that take part at the start of the academic year to help you get to know others who have recently arrived in the city. KEI-Week is the biggest student introduction week and takes place from the 15th - 19th August 2016.

Academic calendar

The Academic calendar runs from September 1st to July 30th and all faculties follow a semester calendar with the first semester lasting from September to December and the second semester starting in February. You should check your faculty's academic calendar for specific dates as these can differ.

2016-2017 Academic Calendar

University closure days

The University will be closed on the following days in 2016-2017:

  • Season's holidays: December 25th to January 1st
  • Good Friday: April 14th
  • Easter Monday: April 17th
  • King's Day (Koningsdag): April 27th
  • Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag): May 5th
  • Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag): May 25th
  • Whit Monday: June 5th
  • Christmas Day: December 25th
  • Boxing Day: December 26th

Academic Rules

Regulations
The University of Groningen Regulations covering all the institution's activities can be found here.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a serious offence which involves stealing somebody else's work and claiming it is your (original) work without crediting the other person. The University of Groningen wishes to actively identify and prevent this and considers it a serious offence.

Committing plagiarism can have serious consequences for students who present someone else's work as their own. Some guidance on how to properly provide citations for you work and more information on plagiarism can be found here.

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