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BSc International Business - Numerus fixus

The Bachelor's degree programme in International Business (BSc IB) (Croho 50019) is a fixed quota programme (numerus fixus). The reason for this is the wide interest for the programme, meaning that the programme receives more applications than places available.

For the BSc IB the fixed number of places available is 550. For these places, a selection procedure takes place. In order to have a chance to start the programme all applicants will have to apply in Studielink no later than 15 January 2020. Furthermore all applicants have to complete the admission and selection procedure outlined below before 1 February 2020 (except for the BSc IB web class for which the deadline is 15 February 2020).

Admission and Selection procedure 2020-2021

The application procedure for the start of the BSc IB in September 2020 will open on 1 October 2019. The final deadline for application in Studielink is 15 January 2020. All applicants will have to successfully complete both an admission and a selection procedure.
The application procedure consists of the following steps:

Admission Procedure

Registration in Studielink

All applicants have to apply for the Bachelor programme International Business (CROHO 50019) of the University of Groningen on Studielink, the central registration platform for higher education in the Netherlands. For questions about registration in Studielink, please contact Information Services.

  • In Studielink choose 1 September 2020 as the starting date and make sure to choose Groningen as your preferred location.
    Please follow the instructions in Studielink carefully!

Diploma validation

› Applicants with a Dutch (VWO) diploma

Applicants with a Dutch (VWO) diploma who have completed their registration in Studielink, should continue with the steps of the selection procedure (see further below).

› Applicants with a non-Dutch diploma or International / European Baccalaureate

Applicants with a non-Dutch diploma or International/European Baccalaureate who have completed their registration in Studielink, will receive instructions by email on how to access the RUG Online Admissions System (OAS) and how to upload the following documents:

  • passport
  • diploma
  • transcript of records
  • if necessary, an official English language test result

The admissions officer determines if your previous education is in principle sufficient for admission to the University of Groningen.                                            Please note, the deadline for submitting your application in the Online Application System (OAS) is 15 January 2020.

Applicants who have to follow these steps of the admission procedure, should also complete the steps of the selection procedure.

For questions about diploma validation, please contact the UG Admissions Office.

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure of the BSc International Business at the University of Groningen is seperate from the admission procedure for both Dutch and International applicants.

Write a motivation letter

All applicants have to write a motivation letter in English (500 words maximum), addressing the following points:

  1. Your overall motivation for applying for the BSc International Business at the University of Groningen.
  2. International aspects of your background. Briefly describe any relevant international education, exchange, or extracurricular activities and how you benefited from these experiences.
  3. What’s in it for you: how do you expect the BSc International Business to contribute to your future in general and your career in particular?
  4. What’s in it for us? What kind of a contribution do you see yourself making to the classroom experience of your fellow International Business students?

You will need to upload your motivation letter as a PDF in the space available on the selection web form.

Fill out and submit the BSc IB selection web form

All applicants will have to submit the official BSc IB selection web form in order to participate in the BSc IB selection procedure. In this web form we will ask you for some personal details and a number of other questions concerning your secondary school grades and motivation, evidence of your English language proficiency, add relevant additional education, relevant (work)experience and any other notable achievements. We will also ask you to upload documents of proof for all these aspects, as well as your motivation letter.

You will receive a link to the BSc IB selection web form by email as soon as possible after your registration for the BSc IB in Studielink. Please be aware that this email may end up in the spam folder of your mailbox, so please check this folder regularly.

The BSc IB selection web form combined with your motivation letter and any other uploaded documents will comprise your personal BSc IB selection file for the selection procedure.

The final deadline to submit the BSc IB selection web form is 1 February, 2020. Please note, forms submitted after the deadline will not be processed.

For questions regarding technical or procedural issues only, please contact ibselection rug.nl (please include your full name and UG student number in your email).

Complete the BSc IB web class

The BSc IB web class of the University of Groningen is designed to give you an impression of the range of topics addressed in the BSc International Business.
The web class consists of four modules addressing issues from globalization and cultural differences to accounting, marketing, and ethics. Each of the four modules is divided into submodules, and contains ten multiple choice questions for you to answer. The web class should take you at most two hours.

The BSc IB web class will be made available after 15 January 2020. You will then receive a link to the web class. Please note, the deadline for completing the web class is 15 February 2020.

How does the selection procedure work?

The BSc IB programme management will review all individual applications of applicants who

  • are in principle admissible to the University of Groningen based on their previous education;
  • have successfully completed the steps above; and
  • have not already participated in the BSc IB selection procedure three times before.

The individual applicant will be rewarded with a score on the different components of their BSc IB selection file. The overall scores of each individual applicant will be compared to the scores of the entire cohort of applicants, in order to reward the individual applicant a specific place in the ranking. The BSc IB programme management awards individual scores on the various components in the BSc IB selection file 2020 based on the following selection criteria:

  • Cognitive skills of the applicant
    The BSc IB programme management will evaluate the cognitive skills of each individual applicant, based on their previous school results, with emphasis on  proficiency in Mathematics and English.
  • Motivation of the applicant
    The BSc IB programme management will evaluate the motivation of each individual applicant, based on their motivation letter.
  • International orientation of the applicant
    The BSc IB programme management will evaluate the international orientation of each individual applicant, considering for instance possession of a non-Dutch secondary school diploma, evidence of having spent a substantial period of time or schooling abroad, or having held a (summer) job or internship abroad.
  • Web class performance
    The BSc IB programme management will evaluate the applicants performance on the BSc IB web class relative to that of other applicants.

The BSc IB programme management will score and rank all applicants and give each a unique spot in the ranking. This ranking will be in the form of a number: 001 or higher. On 15 April 2020 all applicants who successfully participated in the selection procedure will receive their individual ranking.

Timeline admission and selection procedure

  • 1 October 2019 - 15 January 2020 
    All applicants who wish to start the BSc IB will have to apply for the programme in Studielink.
  • 15 January 2020
    Deadline for application in the Online Application System/OAS.
  • 1 February 2020
    Deadline for submitting the BSc IB selection web form.
  • 15 February 2020
    Deadline for finishing the BSc IB web class.
  • 15 January 2020 to 15 April 2020 
    The Admission Office will determine if all applicants are in principle admissible to the University of Groningen. The BSc IB department will review the BSc IB selection file. Please make sure to submit your application in OAS before January 15, 2020.
  • 15 April 2020 
    All applicants receive their individual number in the ranking of the selection procedure.
    Applicants with a ranking number within the numerus fixus (550) are immediately offered a place in the programme. Applicants have a maximum of two weeks to accept this place. If the offer is not accepted within this time frame the offer will be withdrawn and will be offered to the next applicant in the ranking (ranking numbers 551 and higher).
  • 1 May 2020 - 15 August 2020 
    Places that are not accepted are offered to applicants next in the ranking.
  • 31 August 2020 
    Start of the programme.

More information

For more information about the rules and regulation concerning selection and placement procedures within the University of Groningen, please see the Portal Fixed Quota Programmes of the University of Groningen.

Disclaimer

While the University of Groningen makes every endeavour to ensure the accuracy of the information presented about our numerus fixus procedures, it cannot be held liable for any errors or inaccuracies you may find. No rights can be derived from incorrect or incomplete information.

Last modified:15 October 2019 12.35 p.m.