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PhD student life


There is an active cultural scene in Groningen.


The University of Groningen offers extensive sport facilities for students and employees. The Sports Centre at Zernike offers a wide range of individual and group sports.

As a PhD student you can join either the ACLO student sports organization or SPR Sport, the sports association for staff members, depending on your contract with the University:

  • If you are a PhD scholarship student  within the frame of the PhD Scholarship Programme you can join ACLO
  • If you are an employee of the University of Groningen or a guest researcher or a regular PhD student you can join SPR

If you are unsure about your contract, your Graduate School can inform you accordingly.

International Student Associations

There are several international communities in Groningen.

Dutch courses

To help you get the most out of your stay in Groningen the University offers you free Dutch courses in your first year as a PhD student. This will help you get by at the market and in shops and hold your own with Dutch students and colleagues.

Laatst gewijzigd:01 december 2017 09:53