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Research and study in an international organization

Internationalization is one of the main focus points on the strategic policy agenda of the University of Groningen, and an important instrument in the improvement of quality, innovation and diversity. The University has a strong international reputation and a top position in the international ranking lists.

Degree programmes

The University of Groningen offers a wide, international curriculum, with over 100 English-taught Master’s degree programmes and PhD programmes, as well as more than 20 English-taught degree programmes at Bachelor’s level. Many degree programmes work intensively with international partners including our 8 prestigious Erasmus Mundus programmes and our increasing number of Double degree programmes. The University of Groningen is proud that the European Union has accredited it with both the Diploma Supplement and the ECTS label.

Our community

International students
International students

The University of Groningen has around 5000 international students from over 120 different nationalities – which helps to create a vibrant academic community. Twenty percent of our staff and sixty percent of all PhD students are from abroad.

The University of Groningen has participated in the International Student Barometer since 2007 alongside several other national and international institutions. During this time the University has consistently scored high in how it welcomes international students (94% satisfaction in 2015), quality of the teaching (91%) and institutional reputation (92%). The result has been that many international students are satisfied with the University (92% - above that seen nationally and globally at other participating institutions) and would happily recommend studying here.

Student and staff exchanges form an important part of the internationalization policy. The University of Groningen aims for half of all its students to have gained experience abroad during their studies, and it has made funding available to this achieve this goal.

Strategic partners and networks

As a globally focused institution, the University of Groningen engages in many types of international cooperation throughout both teaching and research. Strategic partners and networks at the University of Groningen include:

  • the U4 network with Uppsala, Göttingen and Ghent
  • the Coimbra network
  • The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities
  • Tsinghua, Fudan and Peking Universities in China
  • Osaka in Japan
  • IT Bandung and Gadja Madah in Indonesia
  • Sao Paulo and UNAM in Latin America
  • UBC and Maryland in North America
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