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Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

I am a master student. Can I follow a minor?
No, only (WO) bachelor's students can follow a minor at the University of Groningen. However, you can take part in the Teaching TrainerModule after completing your master; this is the same program as the Educational Minor, but for students that have already completed a bachelor or master program.

I am currently waiting for my medical clerkship. Can I follow a minor in the meantime?
You need to be enrolled as a bachelor's student at the University of Groningen to be able to attend lectures. This means that you can follow a minor package in your waiting period, under the condition that you are enrolled as a bachelor student.

I study at another university in the Netherlands. Can I follow a minor at the RUG?
Yes, that is certainly possible. You must first register at the University of Groningen and demonstrate by means of a Proof of Paid Tuition Fee that you are enrolled at another Dutch university. Please contact the University Student Desk via 050 363 8004.

Can I follow a University minor at my own faculty?
A University Minor Package is intended to provide you with insights into a completely different field of science. For this reason, you follow a University Minor package at another faculty. However, some faculties are so large that programs are very different from each other, in which case you could also follow a University Minor package within your own faculty. Make sure to discuss with your study advisor which University Minor packages you can follow within your own faculty.

Permission of the Board of Examination

Do I need to request permission from my study program to follow a University Minor package at another faculty?
If your study program allows you to follow a university minor package in the minor room (see schedule), you do not need to request additional permission.

Besides following a minor, I also want to do a resit for a course from my own study program. Is this possible?
You need to decide for yourself whether you think this is feasible or not. In addition, you must take into account any overlap that may exist in regard to the examination dates. Contact your study advisor if you are unsure about the feasibility of your schedule.

Register/deregister for a minor

Until when can I register for a minor package?

You can register for the University Minor Packages until August 1. For the Faculty minor and personal minor, this deadline differs per faculty. You can register for the Teaching Trainer Minor until June 1.

Can I register for multiple university minor packages?
Yes, this is allowed. However, keep in mind that a number of minor packages have a limited number of places, and that one an (unnecessary) double registration will occupy a spot for another student.

I am still doubting between several Minors. Can I postpone my choice until after the first lecture?
In principle, this is possible. However, in this way you keep another student from registering for this minor. It is frustrating for both fellow students and teachers if 30% of the students do not show up at the first lecture.

Minor not fully completed

I am not able to follow the last courses of my minor package. Can I take these last courses next year?
The credits that you have earned remain. You can consider to obtain the rest of the points in the next Academic year. Please note: make sure to consult with the coordinator of the minor package and your study advisor, because it cannot always be guaranteed that a minor package will be offered in the following Academic year.

I haven’t been able to obtain the last credits of my minor. However, I would still like to graduate this year. Is there a solution to this problem?
In consultation with the study advisor of your study program, you can have a university or faculty minor converted into a personal minor. You must then follow one or more other courses in the same year for replacement.

Certificate/transcript

I have completed a University Minor. Can I receive a certificate or a transcript of records?
The RUG does not hand out minor certificates. The details about the way you filled in your minor space will be included in the diploma supplement of your bachelor's degree. If you are a student from outside the University of Groningen, you can request a certified copy of your transcript from the faculty's education administration.

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