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Information for South African students

The University of Groningen has been welcoming students from all over the world since our establishment in 1614. Of our 32,000 students, more than 7,500 are international and come from 120 different countries, including South Africa. This makes Groningen a truly international study city with over 25% of the population being students.  

We currently have around 30 students from South Africa studying with many following a Bachelor’s programme and a steady increase undertaking Master’s and PhD programmes. Popular subject areas are Liberal Arts and Sciences and Law.

An absence of a language barrier, a vibrant student city, a relatively low cost of living and tuition fees have proved to be an attractive option for South African students looking for study options.

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’s programmes
  4. Focused 4-block system offered in 2 semesters
  5. Excellent student facilities such career and support services, sports centres, libraries
  6. Wide selection of Master’s programmes to choose from after Bachelor’s graduation

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Information for applicants in South Africa

Bachelor's programmes

South African National Senior Certificate with 7 examination courses and an overall average result of 70% (the courses Life Orientation and Mathematical Literacy are not included in the calculation of average result) + 1 Independent Examinations Board (IEB) Advanced Programme Certificate (Mathematics or English) with a result of at least 55%.

Please be aware that some programmes require you to have completed specific subjects or subject combinations. Please check the entry requirements in advance.

If you have achieved the English entry mentioned above, you will not need to undertake an English language test.

GCE A2 levels (British Examination Board)

Minimum 3 A-Levels is sufficient for most of our bachelor’s programmes but please be aware that some programmes require you to have completed specific subjects or subject combinations. Please check the entry requirements in advance.

No English language 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. It can take a few weeks to be informed of the outcome of your application - the sooner you apply, the better.

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 (Hons) 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 but 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.

In some cases, if you are applying for a programme at the Faculty of Economics and Business, you may need to have a GMAT/GRE. You can check here to see if you are exempt.

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, an 8 is considered very high.

Contact information

The University of Groningen works with a representative in South Africa - Global Education. Feel free to contact them directly.

You may also contact the country manager for South Africa, Charlotte M'Doe, for all your questions.

Last modified:20 January 2020 4.45 p.m.