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Global Responsibility & Leadership

The BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership (GRL) programme at University College Fryslân is a scientifically rigorous, inter- and transdisciplinary programme dedicated to addressing global challenges and finding local solutions. Our three year bachelor programme is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and consists of input from Human and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Information Technology.

Our three year Bachelor programme is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is dedicated to addressing global challenges and finding local solutions.

In the first year, you take courses spanning the Human and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Information Technology. Thereafter, you specialise through one of three Majors, which allows you to tailor the programme to your own interest.

In the latter two years of the programme, you have the opportunity to put the theory learned in the classroom to practice by completing Living Lab projects in collaboration with local, national and international partners. In the final year, you also have the option to go on exchange to an international university or complete a pre-master in preparation for a Master's degree.

Please bear in mind that the GRL programme is selective so you will need to pass a selection procedure before you are admitted.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Global Responsibility and Leadership
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
59327
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Campus Fryslân
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Leeuwarden?
  • Inspired by the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Small-scale and personal education
  • Residential college
Programme

In the first year you take introductory courses in Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Earth & Environment, Global Health and Information Technology. You also complete a skills lab which consists of courses in Academic Communication, Language and Culture and Statistics. At the end of the first year, you choose your preferred major, in close consultancy with your Academic Advisor. The majors are Responsible Planet, Responsible Economy & Politics, Responsible Humanity.

As well as completing courses within your Major you undertake a Living Lab project with one of our partners and complete a Leadership seminar.

In the first semester, you can choose to go on a semester abroad, do an internship or fulfil pre-master requirements at the UG or another national or international university. Your final year concludes with a Capstone project. The Capstone meets the standards and requirements of academic research but does not have to take the form of a traditional thesis. For example, you could develop an app, film a public service announcement or design a product.

Curriculum

To view a listing of the Bachelor programme course descriptions, please visit https://www.rug.nl/cf/university-college-fryslan/pdfs/studyguide19-20.pdf

Programme options
Responsible Planet (major)
Responsible Governance (major)
Responsible Humanity (major)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test and achieving a minimum grade.

assessment interview

After passing the first step of the selection procedure, you will be invited for an interview. This can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you may have.

language test

As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test and achieving a minimum grade. Some exemptions will be made for demonstrating English proficiency: Applicants with a VWO diploma and a grade of 7 or higher in English Applicants with a secondary school diploma fully taught and assessed in English. This includes applicants with a IB/EB diploma.

math test

Students need to attain a passing grade Wiskunde A, B or C or an international equivalent to be admissible to the programme.

previous education

Students are required to have successfully obtained a secondary school diploma which allows entry to an academic university. Therefore, students need to obtain a Dutch VWO diploma or international equivalent before gaining entry to the programme.

reference letterNo further information

Registration procedure

As our programme is selective, students must pass a two-step selection procedure in order to be offered a place on the programme.

1. Apply via Studielink and OAS (Online Application System).  When you apply through the OAS system, you will be asked to upload a letter/ video of motivation, CV and reference letter. Once you are deemed admissible based on our admission requirements, we will evaluate these additional documents. If we think you are a promising candidate for our bachelor programme, you will be invited to take part in the second part of the selection procedure which is in the form of an interview.

2. After passing the first step of the selection procedure, you will be invited for an interview. This can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you may have.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test and achieving a minimum grade.

assessment interview

After passing the first step of the selection procedure, you will be invited for an interview. This can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you may have.

knowledge minimum

Due to the content of some courses, we require students to have achieved a certain level of mathematics during their studies.

language test

As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test and achieving a minimum grade. Some exemptions will be made for demonstrating English proficiency: Applicants with a VWO diploma and a grade of 7 or higher in English Applicants with a secondary school diploma fully taught and assessed in English. This includes applicants with a IB/EB diploma.

math test

Students need to attain a passing grade Wiskunde A, B or C or an international equivalent to be admissible to the programme.

previous education

Students are required to have successfully obtained a secondary school diploma which allows entry to an academic university. Therefore, students need to obtain a Dutch VWO diploma or international equivalent before gaining entry to the programme.

reference letterNo further information

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 4130full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12350full-time

At the moment, first-time 1st-year EU students of programmes such as GRL, get a tuition fee reduction of around 2040 euros (50% of 4085 EUR.) More information can be found here: https://www.government.nl/topics/secondary-vocational-education-mbo-and-higher-education/plan-to-halve-higher-education-tuition-fees

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Depending on the Master's programme you chose, you could have a career working within an international organisation, a non-profit organisation or for the local or national government. You make also chose to become an entrepreneur and develop your own sustainable company.

Job examples

  • Policy Advisor
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Consultant
  • Development Specialist
Research

Our programme focuses on interdisciplinary research related to the Sustainable Development Goals. You will learn to combine theories, methodologies and insights from the Human and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Information Technology. In addition, you are trained to communicate and collaborate with various private and public partners and translate non-academic, stakeholder problems into questions for academic research.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Global Responsibility & Leadership, please contact:

  • Admission Office ( For questions related to application and admission, kindly contact)
    Email: ucf.bsc.admission@rug.nl
  • Student Service Desk Ucf (For questions related to selection and the degree programme, kindly contact)
    Email: ucf-grl@rug.nl

Studying at University Campus Fryslan is inspiring me every day

Studying at UCF is inspiring me every day. In the first half a year I have already learned many new things about the world but also myself. The program is very broad and introduced me to many new interesting subjects such as programming and global health. We learn to think about problems from different perspectives: economic, political, environmental, social, local, global, etc. In such projects, we can really apply our broad knowledge to local issues.

Ellis Mourits.

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Student profile

In order to study at UCF you need to be interested in global issues, intellectually curious and willing to take on a challenge. Students are socially engaged, internationally minded and ambitious.

(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 60 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme. You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.