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Information for American students

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 international marketing coordinator Maarten Dikhoff will be visiting fairs in NYC and Boston from 19 to 23 November. If you have questions please click here to send him an email

The Netherlands as a study destination is something new for American students. However, we see more and more interest from American students to come study in the Netherlands. And that is logical: There is no language barrier; The Netherlands is one of the safest and the most English proficient country in the world for non native speakers. In addition, our quality of education is comparable with Ivy League universities in the US, while the tuition fees are much lower.

Currently there are 78 American students studying at the University of Groningen and they pursue a variety of bachelor’s and master’s programmes across our 11 faculties. Popular subject areas include Arts and Humanities, Economics and Business,  and Science and Engineering.

Why choose Groningen?

  1. Top 100 globally-ranked university
  2. Over 180 English-taught degree programmes
  3. Tuition fees $ 13,500 - $ 17,000 per year for most programmes
  4. Cost of living approximately $ 11,000 per year
  5. Young, lively, and vibrant student city - over 25% of the population are students

Meet us in the United States

  1. CIS fair Houston 09/14/19
  2. CIS fair New York 09/17/19
  3. CIS fair Boston 09/19/19
  4. ICO fair New York 11/19/19
  5. ICO fair Boston 11/21/19
  6. NEXT education Fair 2019 New York 11/23/19

Information for applicants in the United States of America

Bachelor's programmes

For entry to most of our bachelor’s programmes, you will need to have an American High school diploma with at least 4 content-based AP courses externally examined by the College Board (grades 3-5) and a high school GPA 3.0/4.0.

Some programmes require you to have completed specific subjects or subject combinations within your diploma. 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. An English language proficiency test is required, unless your bachelor’s degree was fully taught in English. 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. 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

If you have any questions about studying or applying at the University of Groningen please contact Maarten Dikhoff:




My name is Allison, I chose to pursue my master’s in Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen to explore a new culture at a top-notch institution. Groningen is truly a student’s dream city. The international community ensures making friends from all over the world and there is a place for any hobby. From yoga, to salsa dancing, to photography, I can easily find an outlet for all of my interests in an English-speaking setting (even while trying to learn Dutch!). All the while of course between my studies. With a friendly and safe “small-city” vibe, students of all levels can find their place in Groningen.

Last modified:23 October 2019 12.18 p.m.