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Application timetable

Exchange students seeking to study in Groningen for the first semester (September-January) or the full academic year (September-June) should be nominated no later than April 15. Exchange students seeking to study in Groningen for the second semester (February-June) should be nominated no later than October 15. Even though we will do our best to provide visiting exchange students with accommodation in an International Student House, we can not guarantee the availability of student housing. Students applying later than the deadlines indicated here run a serious risk of not finding suitable housing in the city of Groningen.

Once we have received a student's nomination, we will create the possibility of making reservations in the international student housing system of SSH. We will also then start the official process of visiting student registration at the University of Groningen. We will send a so-called "acceptance" (invitation) email to the student (copied to the person/department that nominated the student), explaining all procedures. We do not have an online application, university or course registration form.

Course timetables "Spatial problems and spatial policies"

The academic year at the University of Groningen starts early September and ends mid July. The academic year is divided into two semesters, each of which are divided into two parts.

"Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies" runs from:

  • August 30, 2019 to November 22, 2019 ( = compulsory introduction August 30 + semester 1a + 2 weeks of semester 1b)
  • January 31, 2020 to April 10, 2020 ( = introduction January 31 + semester 2a)

"Spatial Planning Group project" runs from:

  • 1b "early version": October 14, 2019 - December 19, 2019 (4 weeks semester 1a + 6 weeks semester 1b), only for students that need to return home late December because their second semester starts in January
  • 1b "regular version": November 11, 2019 to January 31, 2020 (semester 1b)
  • April 13, 2020 to June 19, 2020 (semester 2b)

Other, regular courses at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences run in 4 semester blocks (see table below). Each semester block represents 15 EC or 420 hours of study (1 EC = 1 European credit = 28 hours of study); the total for one academic year is 60 EC. A workload of approximately 15 EC per block of 10 weeks can be taken as a 'maximum' guideline for exchange students when making their study plans.

Timetable for regular courses Faculty of Spatial Sciences 2019/2020

semester lectures exams
semester 1a September 2, 2019 - October 25, 2019 (8 weeks) October 28, 2019 - November 8, 2019
semester 1b

November 11, 2019 - December 20, 2019 (6 weeks)   

and January 6, 2020 - January 17, 2020 (2 weeks)

January 20, 2020 - January 31, 2020

semester 2a February 3, 2020 - March 27, 2020 (8 weeks) March 30, 2020 - April 20, 2020
semester 2b April 13, 2020 - June 5, 2020 (8 weeks)

June 8, 2020 - June 20, 2020 (resits June 22, 2020 - July 10, 2020)

Arrival dates in Groningen for foreign students

International students wishing to participate in classes, including "Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies: The Dutch Experience", should make arrangements to arrive in Groningen before the starting dates of the academic terms above. Students flying in from North America or South America are advised to arrive 4 to 5 days before the starting date; students travelling from Australia, New Zealand or Asia are advised to arrive 3 to 4 days before the starting date; students travelling from Europe or Africa are advised to arrive 2 to 3 days before the starting date.  

The University of Groningen will organize a "Welcoming Ceremony" on the Thursday preceding the start of semester 1a, and again on the Thursday preceding the start of semester 2a.  

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