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Timetables

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 May 1st. Exchange students seeking to study in Groningen for the second semester (February-June) should be nominated no later than November 1st. 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 "acceptnace" (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, 2018 to November 23, 2018 ( = compulsory introduction August 30/31 + semester 1a + 2 weeks of semester 1b)
  • January 31, 2019 to April 12, 2019 ( = introduction January 31/February 1 + semester 2a)

"Spatial Planning Group project" runs from:

  • 1b "early version": October 8 - December 19, 2018 (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 12, 2018 to February 1, 2019 (semester 1b)
  • April 15, 2019 to June 21, 2019 (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 2017/2018

semester lectures exams
semester 1a September 4 - October 27, 2017 October 30 - November 10, 2018
semester 1b

November 13 - December 22, 2017

January 8 - January 19, 2018

January 22 - February 2, 2018
semester 2a February 5 - March 30, 2018 April 2 - April 13, 2018
semester 2b April 16 - June 8, 2018

June 11 - June 22, 2018 (resits June 25 - July 13, 2018)

Timetable for regular courses Faculty of Spatial Sciences 2018/2019

semester lectures exams
semester 1a September 3 - October 26, 2018 October 29 - November 9, 2018
semester 1b

November 12 - December 21, 2018

January 7 - January 18, 2019

January 21 - February 1, 2019
semester 2a February 4 - March 29, 2019 April 1 - April 12, 2019
semester 2b April 15 - June 7, 2019

June 10 - June 21, 2019 (resits June 24 - July 12, 2019)

No lectures

In 2017/2018, no lectures are given on the following dates and in the following periods:

  • Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018 (Christmas break)
  • Friday, March 30, 2018 (Easter)
  • Monday, April 27, 2018 (Easter)
  • Friday, April 27, 2018 (King's Day)
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Ascension day)
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 (Ascension holiday)
  • Monday, May 21, 2018 (Whit Monday)

Arrival dates in Groningen for foreign students

Foreign 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" in the last week of August/early September, and at the end of January/early February.  

Last modified:17 February 2018 08.09 a.m.