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Information for Indian students

Students from India make up the 11th largest student population at the University, and the 3rd largest non-European group. Many of these students are studying in our Nobel-Prize-winning Faculty of Science and Engineering. Other popular subject areas are Economics and Business, and Psychology. The majority of Indian students at the University of Groningen are enrolled in Master programmes.

More and more Indian students are realising that the Netherlands is a great place to get a world-class education in English. Tuition fees are often comparatively lower than in the UK or USA.

The University of Groningen has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 32,000 students more than 7000 are international, coming from 120 different countries. This makes Groningen a truly international study city. Over 25% of the population are students.

Why choose Groningen

  1. Top 100 globally-ranked university, established 1614
  2. Over 180+ English-taught degree programmes
  3. Stay and work in the Netherlands (or any Schengen country) after graduation
  4. Excellent student facilities such career- and support services, sports centers, libraries
  5. Groningen enjoys one of the lowest rates of crime of any city - a safe and comfortable place to study
  6. If you are interested, you can also learn Dutch for free while you study - useful if you would like to live in the Netherlands more permanently

Meet us in India

Throughout the year you can make contact with our India office, run by Dr Meenakshi Kaul (; +91 98181 34400).

We are also going to be holding events in several cities for applicants and admitted students in the first half of April 2020. Attendance at these events is by invitation only; if you would like to be invited, you need to have made an application.

There are no other upcoming events in India in the coming months. The university is usually present at large-scale education fairs in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai during late August/early September. Information about the 2020 events will be placed here in due course.


The University of Groningen offers a variety of webinars both live and on demand. These include information about studying in the Netherlands, admissions procedures and programme-specific webinars.

Information for applicants in India

Bachelor's programmes

Indian Standard XII, both CBSE and ISC boards are sufficient for entry to most of our bachelor’s programmes. You will need a score of at least B1 (for CBSE), or 75% (for ISC) across 5 subjects. 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. Students who submit their applications in March or April are often admitted, but do not have time to go through the rest of the process before the course starts (arranging finances, applying for the visa, finding accommodation, etc), and so are ultimately not able to join the course.

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. In these cases, you will be competing with other students for a place on the course.

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.

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.

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 and grades system

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.

Fees, finances and scholarships

The tuition fees for each degree course vary according to the subject area. To find the tuition fee for your course you can take a look on the programme page for that specific course.

In addition to the tuition fee, you will also need to budget for approximately €10,800 per year of study. This is based on the designated requirement of €900/month as set by the IND (Dutch Immigration Service) and the ISD (the Immigration Service Desk, our own university visa office).

Important information for those not holding a Dutch (or EU/EEA) passport: in order to apply for your student visa in June/July before you begin your course, you will need to be prepared to make a full payment of the first year’s tuition fee, the first year’s living costs, plus the visa application fee (currently €171) up front. It is not sufficient to show this on your bank statement, the payment needs to be made in full to the university before the visa application is made. For more information on the visa requirements, please visit the website of the immigration service desk.

If you hold a Dutch (or EU/EEA) passport, different deadlines for tuition fees will apply to you.

Unfortunately the university does not have a comprehensive programme of scholarships. The majority of students who come to study with us will be funding at least the majority (if not all) of the associated costs through their own finances (savings and loans). There are a very small number of full scholarships, and some partial scholarships available. To find out more, please visit our scholarship search toolhere.

Contact information

Contact the country manager for India, John Falvey, for all your questions. Alternatively, you can contact the prospectives team: prospectives

Connect with our international alumni ambassador Kushagra Gahlot about studying in Groningen.

Connect with the community of Indian students already studying in the city: Groningen Indian Students Association (GISA)