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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the requirements to apply for a winter school?

The University of Groningen is a research university. This means that all of our winter schools are research-driven and are targeting advanced bachelor students or (post) graduate students. All our winter courses are taught in English, so you need a good command of English.
Each school has its own set of requirements. These can be found on the page of the winter school of your interest.

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How can I apply for a winter school?

Most summer schools have an online application form, where you can upload the necessary information. In some cases you will have to contact the coordinator.

When is the application deadline?

This depends on the winter school you want to apply for. You can find the application deadline on the specific summer school page.

Does the University of Groningen offer scholarships?

Some winter schools offer scholarships or (partial) waivers. If this is the case, it will be specifically mentioned on the page of the winter school of your interest.
The University of Groningen also offers a number scholarships for international students who are interested in doing a short course in Groningen. Please use the Grantfinder to search for available scholarships, the central summer school office cannot assist with this.

Do I need a visa?

Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa (short stay visa). Remember that you should only apply for a visa after you have received official confirmation that you have been accepted to the winter school! Find out more on how to apply for a Schengen Visa on the Dutch government's website.

Do I need health insurance?

All international students in the Netherlands must have health insurance. What kind of health insurance applies to you depends on your country of origin, age and the duration of your stay. If you do not have insurance, you must arrange this yourself before departure, for example via Aon or IPS.

How is housing arranged for me?

In many cases, housing is included in the fee of the winter school, which means that accommodation can be arranged for you. If housing is not provided by your winter school, you will need to find your own accommodation. Your winter school coordinator can provide you with a list of suitable hotels.

How and when should I pay the fee?

Once you have been accepted to a winter school, you will receive payment instructions. You are obliged to pay the full fee (including housing, if applicable) within one week of the invoice issue date. If you have problems making your payment, please contact the coordinator of your winter school.

Payments can be made via Visa, Paypal and International Bank transfer. Please note that University Groningen Winter Schools is not responsible for any bank charges incurred in the transfer of fees. All bank charges, including those incurred overseas and in the Netherlands, are the responsibility of the person making the payment.

Payment by cash on arrival is not possible.

Last modified:24 July 2018 12.01 p.m.