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United Arab Emirates

Information for students from the UAE

The University of Groningen has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 32,000 students over 7,000 are international, coming from 120 different countries. This  creates a truly international experience.

Our international 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, Law and Liberal Arts.

Incoming students from the UAE represent many nationalities - both from the EU/EEA and non EU/EEA countries. The admissions process and tuition fees will vary for different nationals. Therefore, please check the information from our Immigration Service Desk.

Why choose Groningen?

  1. Top 100 globally-ranked university
  2. Over 180 English-taught degree programmes
  3. Safe, young and vibrant student city - over 25% of the population are students
  4. Low tuition fees and living costs when compared to the UK and USA
  5. Study at the heart of Europe

UAE representative (bachelor’s programmes)

Netherlands Education Council
Mr Fauz


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. We also broadcast regular webinars by students from the UAE, who are happy to answer your questions.

Information for applicants from the UAE

Bachelor’s programmes

We accept many national and international secondary school diplomas including the IB Diploma, A-Levels, Abitur, French Baccalaureate, Dutch VWO, USA High School Diploma, Indian CBSE and Indian CISCE. Some programmes ask for specific subjects or subject combinations. Please check the entry requirements in advance.

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

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. 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 ofpre-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 thepopular 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 - unlike the three term calendar in the UK. 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 international students who can answer your questions about the University and student life in Groningen. Please contact us at prospectives