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Information for new bachelor students

The time has come: you are starting your bachelor at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences! To help you get started, you can find practical information here. This information is meant for students who are admissible (according to the Admissions office if you have an international diploma or the admission board if you have a Dutch diploma) to one of the bachelor programmes of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences.

As the corona measures are still (partly) in place, there may be some uncertainties about how the 2020-2021 academic year will progress. To keep informed, please check this page. If we have any updates, we will post them there.


You have applied for Human Geography and Planning or Spatial Planning and Design.

The University of Groningen organizes an alternative welcoming ceremony for all international students. This ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Updates about this will be on the welcoming ceremony website.

The faculty introduction takes place on August 31 (HGP) and September 1 (SPD). You will meet your fellow students, mentor and study advisors. You will receive detailed information about this via email.

Learning Communities

The 'Learning Communities' are part of the first year of the bachelors at the faculty of Spatial Sciences. When you finish your first year Human Geography & Planning or Spatial Planning & Design, you should have a good idea of what you learned and why you learned this. This will help you to make important choices during your study, such as choosing electives and choosing a master programme. How is everything connected in the bachelor programme? How do you us this knowledge in your further studies and in the labour market? A lot of students don't have the answers to these questions. That is why the Faculty of Spatial Sciences has founded the 'Learning Communities'. Read more about the Learning Communities

Registering for courses

You have to enroll for your courses every semester. You are automatically enrolled for your exams. You can view the registration periods for courses on the Student Portal. See the tutorial below for a guide how to enroll for your courses. For semester 1a you are pre-enrolled for your courses. Are you starting in September but have not been enrolled yet in your courses? Please contact

Book sale

You can order your study books online through the website of our study association Ibn Batutta. You can check on their website which books you will need and order them when applicable with a discount.

Tutorials ICT systems

In the practical links below you go to different systems and webpages for all your study information. If you are new this can be quite confusing. Please check these tutorials for the steps you have to take to follow courses and stay up to date before and during your study.

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