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Information for Cypriot students

The University of Groningen has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 30,000 students more than 6000 are international, coming from 120 different countries. This makes Groningen a truly international study city. Over 25% of the population are students.

Each year more students from Cyprus are considering taking their higher education in the Netherlands. With a school-leaving qualification varying from the Apolytirion to A-levels, Cypriot students can enter Bachelor programmes at Dutch universities quite easily and benefit from the statutory EU tuition fee regulation. Flying from Cyprus to the Netherlands is a mere four hours.

There are currently around 30+ Cypriot students enrolled at the University of Groningen, the majority in a Bachelor programme. Popular subject areas are International Business, Computing Science and Medicine.

The Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences, offered by the University College Groningen is gaining more popularity each year with its interdisciplinary outlook and approach to project based learning.

Why choose Groningen?

  1. Top 100 globally-ranked university, est 1614
  2. Over 180+ English-taught degree programmes
  3. Straightforward entry requirements for the Bachelor programmes
  4. Focused 4-block system offered in 2 semesters
  5. Excellent student facilities such career- and support services, sports centers, libraries
  6. Large selection of Master programmes to choose from after Bachelor graduation

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Information for applicants from Cyprus

Bachelor's programmes

The Apolytirio Lykeiou, to be awarded with an average final grade of at least 10 (out of 20) is sufficient for entry to most of our bachelor’s programmes. Some programmes require you to have completed specific subjects or subject combinations within your diploma. Please check the entry requirements in advance.

Only a limited number of students are accepted to the Bachelor degree in Medicine. Admission is obtained through a strict selection procedure. Make sure you register well in time. You will need to travel to Groningen for the selection procedure (February 2020).

An English language proficiency test is definite requirement. For applicants with three A-level qualifications no English test is required.

The deadline to apply to the majority of programmes is 1 May. Please submit your application as early as possible so that the Admissions Office has enough time to process your documents.

Five of our English-taught bachelor’s courses (listed below) are Numerus Fixus. These programmes have an earlier application deadline of 15 January and an additional selection process run by the respective Faculty.

Master's programmes

For admittance to one of our master’s programmes you will need to have a research university bachelor’s degree (Ptychio) in a related discipline. The Faculty Admissions Boards look at each master’s application on an individual basis. Your suitability for the master’s is based on the courses you have covered in your bachelor’s programme.

For more detailed information about academic entry requirements, please check the webpage for the master’s programme you are interested in.

An English language proficiency test is required unless you have already completed a bachelor degree in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia.

With a Ptychio diploma you are exempted from the GMAT/GRE requirements applicable to the Faculty of Economics and Business.

The University also offers a number of pre-master’s programmes. These are bridging programmes for students who wish to enrol in a master’s programme, but have certain deficiencies in their academic background. During a pre-master’s you will follow courses preparing you for a specific master’s degree. For example the popular pre-master’s at the Faculty of Economics and Business, which consists of 60 ECTS and which needs to be completed within one year. Once you have successfully completed a pre-master’s programme, you can enrol in the corresponding master’s programme.

The academic year

The academic year in the Netherlands consists of two semesters. Each semester is then divided into two blocks, each lasting 10 weeks. Every block concludes with a short exam period. The academic year runs from the beginning of September to the end of June/beginning of July.

The Dutch grading scale consists of grades 1 to 10 where 1 is the lowest, 10 the highest and 5.5 (rounded off to a 6) the passing grade. Don’t expect the highest grades as it is rarely given.

Contact information

The University of Groningen works with a representative in Cyprus Nicos Chrysostomou of Steppingstones university admission consultants. Please feel free to contact Nicos by email or Whatsapp: +357 99 569989

You may also contact the country manager for Cyprus, Heidi Scholtz, for all your questions.

						Testimonial of Suzy Agathokleous

    What (pleasantly) surprised me the most when coming to Groningen, is how international and multicultural it is and how warm and welcoming the people can be.

    – Suzy Agathokleous
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    Coming from Cyprus and experiencing Groningen as an international student has been an amazing journey. The city is small but very beautiful and graphic and it’s filled with students. The fact that it is a student city has a lot of benefits as it has a young population that the city caters to (extracurricular activities, sports, nightlife etc.). What (pleasantly) surprised me the most when coming to Groningen, is how international and multicultural it is and how warm and welcoming the people can be.

    I Chose to Study European Language and Cultures (BA), as it is a broad program, that gives me the opportunity to follow a lot of different career paths, when choosing a masters programs. The program offers three different majors: Politics, Linguistics and Literature and eight different languages. What I like most about my program Is the fact that you have a lot of choices which makes it easier for students to personalise their degree to their needs.