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Middle East and North Africa

The University of Groningen has established long-term relationships with partners in the Middle East and North Africa. We cooperate on curriculum and staff development, and joint research.

UG welcomes many students from the Middle East and North Africa every year in its English taught Bachelor, Master, and PhD programmes.

Scholarship students

Several MENA countries offer government scholarships. As a top-100 university, UG is a possible destination for these students. For scholarship students who want to enrol in the Bachelor of Medicine, there is a one-year Pre-University Programme at the University Medical Center Groningen. For more information, please contact

Transfer of Good practices & Reinforcement of Internationalisation Strategies in Kurdistan (TIGRIS)

The UG is partner in the TIGRIS project (2017-2020), which has been awarded EU co-funding within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme “Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education”. Goal is to support the modernisation, accessibility, and internationalisation of higher education in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in Iraq.

Middle Eastern Studies semester abroad

Students from the UG bachelor Middle Eastern Studies go abroad in their second year, through UG cooperation with the Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR, Morocco), the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (Egypt), and the Ben-Gurion University (Israel).

King Saud University

UG cooperates with the King Saud University (KSU) from Riyadh in KSU’s External Joint Supervision Programme.  

The Saudi Student Club Groningen

Contact Maaike Wagenaar for more information about our engagement in the region.

Last modified:13 March 2020 12.50 a.m.