Finalize your enrolment
Once you have received your letter of admission, you will still need to complete a few more steps before you can start your programme at the University of Groningen.
Fulfil conditions listed in letter of offer
Fulfil the conditions listed in the letter of offer. For non-EU students the deadline to do so is 1 July (September intake) and 1 November (February intake).
Send certified copies
Please send us certified copies of your original diploma(s) and transcripts. If your original documents are not in English, Dutch, French or German, you will also have to provide us with official translations of your documents. We also need to receive certified copies of these translations.
If you were asked for an English test or GMAT, please submit certified copies of those tests as well. Dutch law dictates that your file contains certified copies of the qualifications on the basis of which you have been admitted. Once we have those documents we can issue your Decree of Admission (necessary for your final registration).
If you do not submit your documents in time, you may not be able to receive your student card when you start your programme. Please be aware that you need your student card to access most of the university services.
Pay tuition fees
Please don't forget to pay your fees on time. You will find more information here.
Upload a passport photo
During the enrolment process you will be asked to upload a passport-style photograph. This photograph will be used on your university identity card, your 'RUGpas'. The photograph must:
- be passport standard
- be in portrait orientation (i.e., higher than it is wide)
- be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes)
- show your full head, without any head covering unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons
- show you on your own
- be in colour
- be taken within the last 12 months
- be clear and in sharp focus
In order to start your programme on time, you should make sure that if you need a visa to study in the Netherlands, you apply for it in good time. Applying for a visa can take several months and you will not be able to enter the Netherlands without a valid visa. More information can be found here.
The University of Groningen's Immigration Service Desk (ISD) will contact you about your MVV and/or residence permit application after you have received your letter of (conditional or provisional) admission; you do not need to contact them yourself.
If you are a student from country group II, III or IV and you will be staying for longer than three months (90 days), you need an MVV visa (type D - a provisional residence permit) and/or a residence permit card in order to study in the Netherlands. Nationals from country group IA do not need to apply for a visa or residence permit, but can apply for 'proof of lawful residence', if necessary.
|Country group||Nationality||Immigration requirements|
|Group I||Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom||
|Group II||Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, United States of America, Vatican City State||
|Group III||Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, Uruguay and Venezuela||
|Group IV||all other countries||
The University applies for your MVV visa and/or residence permit with the Dutch Immigration Services (IND). You cannot apply yourself.
The University will inform you about the procedure and the documents that are needed for the application.
|Last modified:||10 October 2018 5.06 p.m.|