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Coronavirus pandemic information for prospective students

Is the UG still accepting applications?

No, applications closed on 1st June 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic may affect my application and enrollment. How should I inform the UG?

If you have completed your application but cannot submit some of the required documents, please contact Student Information and Administration via study or by calling: +31 50 36 38004.

I may not be able to satisfy the application criteria. What should I do?

If you have concerns about your application documents, please contact study rug.nlas soon as possible.

Does the UG accept home assessments arranged by the TOEFL and the GRE?

The UG accepts both the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the GRE General Test taken at home.

You can register at the UG without providing an English language certificate, as this is not a determining factor in our decision on admission. The certificate can be sent later. You will, however, need a language certificate if you have to apply for a visa.

The GRE General Test is only a requirement for students applying for a Master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

I have made a request for registration but am not sure whether I want to start now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Can I postpone my starting date until February or September 2021?

If you have applied for registration via Studielink but have not yet been issued with the status ‘registered’, you can cancel your registration via Studielink. You may then submit a new request to register on your chosen starting date.

If Studielink does not show the starting date for your programme, send an email to study, stating your student number, the degree programme for which you wish to register and the starting date. We will let you know what to do next.

For fixed quota degree programmes, cancelling your registration means that you will have used up one of your selection attempts

I have already paid my tuition fees. Can I get a refund if I have changed my mind about starting my degree programme or want to deregister because of the coronavirus?

If you have applied for registration via Studielink but have not yet been issued with the status ‘registered’, you can cancel your registration via Studielink. Your tuition fees will be refunded into your bank account as soon as possible.

If you are already registered and you want to stop or postpone your degree programme, you should submit a request to deregister via Studielink. If you deregister, you are entitled to a refund of one twelfth of your tuition fees for every month of the academic year for which you paid fees while you were no longer registered. N.B. Refunds are not given for the months July and August.

Can I still start my Master’s degree programme if I haven’t completed the Bachelor’s phase due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Since the introduction of the Bachelors-before-masters-rule (the so-called ‘Harde Knip’) it is only possible to start your master’s programme if you have graduated for your bachelor’s programme. Because of the corona crisis, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has decided that this entry requirement can, under certain conditions, be cancelled in the coming academic year. Due to the corona measures, all education is offered online until the end of this academic year. However, this may cause study delay for some students, since not everything can be done digitally.

This exceptional situation requires special measures, which is why the Board of the University of Groningen has decided to introduce an exemption of one of the existing entry requirements for a master’s programme.

From 1 September 2020, students in the final phase of their bachelor's programme can start their master’s programme under certain conditions. This way, students can take master courses while also finishing their bachelor’s programme. Study delay can thus be limited as much as possible.


The conditions for this exemption of the current regulations may differ per faculty and/or study programme. You can only start when you have met the specific conditions of your faculty.

If you meet the conditions, you can be simultaneously enrolled in your bachelor’s and master’s programme, for the duration of one academic year. You must therefore complete your bachelor’s programme in 2020-2021. If you do not complete your bachelor’s programme before 1 September 2021, you cannot re-enroll for your master’s programme the following academic year. This is only possible after you have completed your bachelor’s degree. In the meantime, the results achieved in the master’s programme will of course remain valid.

If you think you are eligible, please contact the education support desk of your faculty. They will decide whether or not you meet the requirements.

Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Faculty of Philosophy
Faculty of Science and Engineering


For more information, please contact the education support desk of your faculty.

Which UG buildings are open?

On 12 March, all events and meetings were cancelled and the University buildings closed. Since then, almost all staff members have been working from home. The University Library, the ACLO Sports centre, and the University Museum reopened its doors , though with limited capacity.

Exceptions can be made for key processes, including taking care of laboratory animals and continuing ongoing research projects and experimental set-ups in laboratories.

Staff members who want to work in a UG building must first register. Consult with your faculty or department for details of when you can work at a university location.
Only come to the university when it is absolutely necessary for your work. Work from home for all work you can perform at home.

As from Wednesday 21 October 2020, everyone is required to wear a face mask when moving through UG buildings, or when queueing (for instance at the University Library, the Aletta Jacobs Hall and/or other busy locations).

Health advice
Health advice and corona rules

It is more important than ever that people adhere to the national general corona regulations for limiting the spread of the virus.

Also the following basic corona rules apply to people entering UG buildings:

  • Only come to the University buildings if this is absolutely necessary.
  • Enrol for lectures in accordance with the arrangements of your faculty.
  • If you have any symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, please stay at home and get tested at the GGD as soon as possible.
  • Always keep a 1.5-metre distance between one another.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Follow the indicated walking routes: red stickers with pictograms have been placed in all buildings to indicate separate entrances and exits, walking routes and the maximum capacity of toilets for example.

Whether you wear a (non-medical grade) face mask in the UG buildings is up to you. The UG follows the RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) guidelines in this.

Go to for more information.

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I am an international student. How and when can I apply for housing?

You were able to register for SSH housing from 6 May and could book a room from 11 May. Go to the SSH website for more information.

If you would like to look at alternatives to the main SSH housing, please visit, an official website with all of the most important information about student housing in the city.
I have decided to study online and will come to Groningen later. What do I do about my accommodation?

If you have already booked accommodation with SSH, you should refer to their cancellation policy if you decide you would prefer not to move into your room in late August. It is important to know that if you cancel your contract for the first semester, the next opportunity to move in will be January 2021 (the start of the second semester), and you will need to reapply to SSH for this. Please contact SSH for more information: groningen

If you have booked with another provider, you need to contact them directly. Alternatives to SSH student accommodation can be found at
Welcoming events

The KEI-week, general introductory event for all new students in Groningen, begins on 10 August. There will be a mixture of online and offline events.


LEIP!: Leeuwarden First-Year Introduction Programme.

Welcoming events for international students

This includes information about registering with the local municipality, picking up your student card, as well as the official Welcoming Ceremony.

International student blog and Campus Fryslân blog

International student blog and Campus Fryslân blog on how to live in Groningen or Leeuwarden during corona times.

When does the academic year start?

The new academic year will start on Monday 31 August 2020 with this year’s opening being a digital event. Many faculties also have given students the freedom to choose whether to follow part or all of the first semester of studies online.

How do I find out if I have the option to follow the first semester (or part of the first semester) of my programme online?

The University is very decentralised, and education is something managed primarily by the relevant Faculty, of which there are 11. Some faculties have already communicated that they are offering new students the flexibility to choose to start their studies online, and to travel to Groningen once this is more feasible. Other faculties have specified that there are only some study programmes where studying fully online is possible, and other programmes where it will be necessary for students to be on campus for some aspect of their learning.

If you have not heard whether the programme you have applied to is being offered online, please contact the faculty you have applied to study in.

Open days
Are open days being organised?

The Bachelor’s Open Days have now been turned into Online Bachelor’s Weeks.

The Master’s Week, which was planned for 23-27 November 2020, is now an online Master’s Week.
Do I need to quarantine once I have arrived in the Netherlands?

Check the Dutch travel advice for your country (in Dutch only). People coming from countries or areas which are red or orange for health reasons are strongly advised to self-quarantine.

Where do I self-quarantine?

You should quarantine in your accommodation, and as far as possible avoid contact with your housemates during this time. There is no government-controlled quarantine in the Netherlands.

How do I self-quarantine? How is self-quarantine policed? Will I be punished if I breach it?

There is no government-controlled quarantine in the Netherlands, so there are no penalties.

Can I travel by train or bus from Schiphol to Groningen or Leeuwarden even if I am supposed to be in self-quarantine?

You are able to take the train from Schiphol airport, the journey takes just over 2 hours to Groningen or Leeuwarden. Please be aware you are required by law to wear a non-medical face mask in all forms of public transport in the Netherlands.

Although self-quarantine guidance advises against travelling on public transport, this is the final stage of your journey, and is an exception to that rule as the taxi journey will be quite expensive. Once you arrive, you will need to remain in self-quarantine and not use public transport.

You can take a corona-proof taxi from Schiphol to Groningen or Leeuwarden if you feel more comfortable doing that.

Should I plan to come to Groningen or Leeuwarden earlier to do my quarantine before term starts?

This is up to you, depending on your own situation and if this is possible in your case.

Travelling to the Netherlands
Can I travel to the Netherlands?

It is strongly recommended to take extra care two weeks prior to your departure to the Netherlands, by avoiding social activities like visiting bars, parties and large gatherings.

Don’t travel if you do have health complaints prior to departure.

What if I can’t travel to the Netherlands?

If the border is currently closed with your country, please keep checking as this may change in the coming weeks.

If you are unable to travel now, you may need to explore whether you can begin your course online. Please contact your faculty for this information.

I am a non-EU student and I satisfy the admission requirements. How should I apply for a visa?

The deadlines for submission of your visa application and the payment have been relaxed by the Immigration Service Desk (ISD) due to the pandemic. It is imperative that you are in touch with them to keep them updated with your situation, and they will be able to give you dedicated advice based on your individual circumstances. You can contact ISD at isd

UG information about applying for a visa

My faculty has offered me the opportunity to study online, and I am a non-EU passport holder. What do I do about my visa application?

The Immigration Service Desk (ISD) has contacted all students needing a visa to inform them of how the visa application process will change should you decide to enter the Netherlands at a later date. Please refer to this information, or contact the ISD if you still have questions about this.

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