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Information for students from Greece

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.

Students from Greece make up the 6th largest student population at the University with a sizable number of undergraduates enrolling in the selective BSc Medicine programme each year. Other popular subject areas are Economics and Business, Science and Engineering, and Arts. The majority of Greeks at the University of Groningen are enrolled in Master programmes.

More and more Greeks are choosing the Netherlands as a study destination due to the low tuition fees (when compared to the UK and US), the high number of degree programmes offered in English, and the fact that Greek employers value a degree qualification obtained abroad.

Why choose Groningen?

  1. Top 100 globally-ranked university, est 1614
  2. Over 180+ English-taught degree programmes
  3. Focused 4-block system offered in 2 semesters
  4. Excellent student facilities such career- and support services, sports centers, libraries
  5. Good job prospects after graduation
  6. The cost of living in Groningen is among the lowest in the Netherlands and is comparable to Greek university cities such as Patras, Ioannina and Heraklion

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Studying in Groningen as a Greek student: Thursday, 27 February 2020, 16.00-17.00 CET

Country representative

We do not work with an official representative in Greece but you are welcome to connect with our student ambassador Alexandros Balatsoukas.

Information for applicants from Greece

Bachelor's programme

The Apolytirio Genikou 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.

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 programme

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.

With a Ptychio TEI you will only have access to a pre-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

Contact the country manager for Greece, Heidi Scholtz, for all your questions. Alternatively, you can contact the prospectives team: prospectives

Connect with our international alumni ambassador Alexandros Balatsoukas about studying in Groningen.

						Testimonial of Alexandros Balatsoukas

    The main reasons why I chose the University were the multicultural environment on offer and the specialized programme in linguistics that I wanted to study.

    – Alexandros Balatsoukas
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    My name is Alexandros Balatsoukas, a 25 years old Master Student in the department οf Linguistics and Honours Master of Leadership, Faculty of Arts. I have already completed a Bachelor in Spanish Studies and a Research Master in Intercultural Education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. After fulfilling the obligatory military service, I chose to continue my postgraduate studies at the University of Groningen. The main reasons why I chose the University were the multicultural environment on offer and the specialized programme in linguistics that I wanted to study.

    As for the city of Groningen, even though it is quite small, population of 220.000 – 25% students, it offers everything a big city does. First of all, make sure that you get a bike as soon as possible as every part of the city is maximum 15 minutes cycling. Groningen is a quiet and safe city, providing at the same time a lot of nightlife, live concerts, places to dance (from salsa to electro), pubs, cocktail bars. I am a basketball coach and player at the sports center of the University (ACLO) so any questions regarding this sport is more than welcome.