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Coronavirus pandemic information for prospective students

Last updated following the Dutch government press conference on Saturday 18 December.

Applications
When are the application deadlines?
Bachelor's degree programme
  • The application deadline for the September 2022 start for bachelor programmes is 1 May 2022.
  • Important - the application deadline for fixed quota studies is 15 January 2022. Please check the Selection and Placement page for more information about the application procedure.
Master's degree programme
The coronavirus pandemic may affect my application and enrollment. How should I inform the UG?

Please contact Student Information and Administration via study rug.nl or by calling: +31 50 36 3 8004.

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.nl as soon as possible.

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

For students applying for the academic year 2022-2023 we do accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus. We also accept GRE and GMAT home tests.

Buildings
Are the UG buildings open?

The UG has been fully open since 22 March. Organizing and partaking in large-scale events is possible again, as are teaching activities in large groups. Staff members can also return to their offices.

We will, of course, keep a close eye on the situation and prepare for any measures that may have to be taken in the future. 

Health advice
Health advice and corona rules

Like all other Dutch universities, the UG is following the guidelines and measures set out by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the Cabinet concerning the coronavirus pandemic. We are also in regular contact with the Veiligheidsregio Groningen (Safety Region Groningen) and the Municipal Health Service of Groningen and Friesland (GGD).

COVID-19 measures

  1. We ask you to continue to follow the basic rules.
  2. Stay home and get tested if you show any symptoms resembling those of COVID-19.
  3. We are calling on all staff and students to use a free self-test twice a week.
As an international student, am I eligible for a vaccination?

Yes, please see below for more information about getting vaccinated in the Netherlands.

Can I get the first dose of my vaccination after I arrive in the Netherlands?

Vaccination is an important part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see prikkenzonderafspraak.nl for all locations. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

I have already had the first dose of a vaccine, can I get my second vaccination dose once I arrive in the Netherlands?

Have you already received your first dose of an EU-authorized vaccine, and would you like to receive your second shot in the Netherlands? Then you can make an appointment for your second vaccination via the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) website.
Is your first vaccine dose not currently authorized by the EU, such as the Sputnik V vaccine, and do you want to receive your second vaccination in the Netherlands? Please contact your local Municipal Health Service (GGD) for advice. For Groningen city and province, this is GGD Groningen.
For Leeuwarden and Friesland province, this is GGD Fryslân: 088 22 99 222.

Dutch vaccination programme

Looking for more information about the Dutch vaccination programme, including eligibility for a booster vaccination? Please visit the official government website, GGD Groningen or the GGD Fryslân website. Also, please check our information on Health Services. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge.

Can I get my booster vaccination in the Netherlands?

Please find more information about getting your booster in the Netherlands at the Dutch government's website here.

Education
Is education online?

The UG has been fully open since 22 March. Organizing and partaking in large-scale events is possible again, as are teaching activities in large groups. Staff members can also return to their offices.

We will, of course, keep a close eye on the situation and prepare for any measures that may have to be taken in the future.

What if I will have difficulty travelling to the Netherlands due to the pandemic?

If you anticipate that you will have difficulty coming to the Netherlands to begin your studies, please contact the faculty you have applied to study in.

Open days
Are open days being organised?

In 2021-2022, the University will be organising a combination of physical, hybrid and online events. Take a look at the relevant web pages for the most up-to-date information about the Bachelor's Open Days and Master's Week.

Travelling to the Netherlands
Can I travel to the Netherlands?

Please check the official advice for overseas travel requirements, such as the travel advice from the government of your home country. Dutch government advice regarding travel to the Netherlands can be found here:
Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad

Quarantine
Do I need to quarantine once I have arrived in the Netherlands?

Check the current Dutch self-quarantine advice. It is your responsibility to follow the advice given by the Dutch Government.

Last modified:25 March 2022 10.33 a.m.