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Information for students from the UK

The University of Groningen has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 30,000 students nearly 6,000 are international, coming from 120 different countries. This  creates a truly international experience.

Our UK 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. Students from the UK make up the 3rd largest student population at the University of Groningen.

Why choose Groningen?

  1. Top 100 globally-ranked university
  2. Over 180 English-taught degree programmes
  3. International experience
  4. Young, lively, and vibrant student city - over 25% of the population are students
  5. Study at the heart of Europe

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Information for applicants from the UK

Bachelor's programmes

Three A-Levels or the full International Baccalaureate DP are the mandatory requirements for admittance to our bachelor’s programmes. Some programmes ask for specific subjects or subject combinations. Please check the entry requirements for A-Levels and IB Diploma 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 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.

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 is longer than in the UK and 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

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    I was impressed by the high-quality degree programmes, the emphasis on research, and the unique opportunity to specialise in healthcare, which is my field of interest within Supply Chain Management. I was also drawn to the array of extra-curricular activities such as joining a committee, playing a sport, and getting a part-time job through the University without speaking any Dutch. While a master’s degree requires a lot of hard work, I was still looking for opportunities to develop my skill set beyond the classroom.