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About the University

If you are looking for a university with a long tradition of academic excellence, where you can develop your talents in a convivial, international atmosphere, you will find it at the University of Groningen (in Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen). The University in Groningen is one of the oldest research universities in Europe boasting more than 100,000 graduates since its inception in 1614.


The University of Groningen is a Top 100 research university in the most prestigious ranking lists. Please find more information about our rankings here.

The University of Groningen is a research university, with research as its main focal point. Research universities prepare students for independent scientific and scholarly work in an academic or professional setting. They provide education and conduct research in a wide range of disciplines: language and culture, behaviour and society, economics, law, medical and health sciences, natural sciences, engineering and agriculture.

The facts and figures presented below give a brief impression of the University of Groningen:

  • 30.234 students (1 September 2015)
  • 5,893 enrolled for the first time (1 September 2015)
  • 5,608 fte staff
  • 491 fte professors (m/f: 392/99)
  • 1,758 PhD students
  • 55 Bachelor's programmes, 111 Master's programmes
  • 15 Research Masters
  • 11 faculties
  • 9 Graduate Schools
  • 120,000 alumni
  • annual turnover: 642 million

The university has strong connections with the North of the Netherlands, expressed by active involvement in the region. From this central position in Europe, the world is within our reach. Here you will find more information about our partners and networks worldwide and key figures internationalisation.

Last modified:04 November 2016 2.48 p.m.