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Information for Italian 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.

Students from Italy make up the 3rd largest student population at the University of Groningen with over 360 enrolled students. The most popular subject areas are Arts, Economics and Business, Science and Engineering and Law. One of the reasons for Italian students to choose the Netherlands as a study destination is the high level of professionalism, transparency and continuous development in the higher education process.

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. Free Dutch language course up to CEFR level B1
  6. Good job prospects after graduation
  7. Cost of living in Groningen comparable to student cities such as Pisa, Urbino, Perugia

Information for applicants in Italy

Bachelor's programmes

The Diploma di Esame di Stato, to be obtained from a Liceo Classico / Scientifico / Linguistico / Scienze umane 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.

An English language proficiency test is a 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 programmes

For admittance to one of our master’s programmes you will need to have a research university bachelor’s degree (Laurea) 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 Laurea 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 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.

Contact information

Contact the country manager for Italy, Heidi Scholtz, for all your questions.



Sara Parenti
Sara Parenti

What I like about living in Groningen is that it looks like a smaller, cuter and safer Amsterdam. Also, despite the size, there is always something to do and somewhere to go. The canals are amazing and the people as well, also because it is mainly a student city. I chose to study International Business because I always thought that it would be the best choice for my interests and my future, and indeed it is. This program allows you to have a broader understanding of both the international environment around you and the changes that are continuously happening to our global economy. Also, this program provides you with a broad background in a lot of fields, such as economy, human behavior and many more.

- Sara Parenti

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