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Information for German Students

The University of Groningen has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 30,000 students nearly 6,000 are international, coming from 120 different countries. This  creates a truly international experience.

Our German students pursue a variety of bachelor’s and master’s programmes across our 11 faculties. Popular subject areas include Arts and Humanities, Economics and Business, Psychology, Science and Engineering, Medicine and Law. Students from Germany make up the 2nd largest student population at the University of Groningen.

Why choose Groningen?

  1. Top 100 globally-ranked university
  2. Over 180 English-taught degree programmes
  3. Focused block system as opposed to long semesters
  4. Young, lively, and vibrant student city - over 25% of the population are students
  5. Kick start an international academic and professional network

Information for applicants in Germany

Bachelor's programmes

Abitur 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 Abitur. Please check the entry requirements in advance. In most cases an English language proficiency test is also required.

The deadline to apply to the majority of programmes is 1 May. However, we advise you to submit your application as early as possible.

We do not have a Numerus Clausus as in Germany, but 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 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. An English language proficiency test is required, unless your bachelor’s degree was fully taught in English. For more detailed information about academic entry requirements, please check the webpage for the master’s programme you are interested in.

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 shortfalls 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 takes one year to complete. 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 - like in Germany. 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.

Contact information

We have a dedicated team of German student advisors, the D-Team. Contact them (in German or English) at studienbewerber rug.nl.

Testimonial

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Antonia Unger
Antonia Unger

I can not imagine a better student city than Groningen! The city is young, vibrant, and offers countless possibilities to develop yourself - both professionally and personally. The Bachelor of Media Studies enables me to explore the broad horizons of the media landscape, and to tackle a variety of projects with fellow international students.

- Antonia Unger, Bachelor of Media Studies

Last modified:19 September 2019 10.46 a.m.