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Numerus fixus

The following bachelor degree programmes are numerus fixus (fixed quota) programmes:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computing Science

Students who apply for a numerus fixus programme will have to successfully complete a selection procedure before they can be admitted to the programme. Candidates will be selected based on their suitability and motivation for the programme. The highest ranked candidates will be admitted to the programme. The ranking will be based on the candidates' grade list and the selection test result. When candidates' scores are equal, their motivation letter and CV will be decisive.

Prospective students can apply for a numerus fixus degree programme from 1 October 2021 until 15 January 2022, 23:59 (CET). More information on how to take part in the numerus fixus procedure will be sent to you by email after 15 January 2022.
Please note: next to this selection procedure, prospective students will also have to successfully complete the admission procedure. More information can be found at the bottom of this page.

Numerus fixus (selection) procedure

Artificial Intelligence

The 150 highest ranked candidates will be admitted to the programme.

For each candidate, the selection procedure consists of two parts:

  • a portfolio
  • an online selection test

1. Numerus fixus portfolio

The portfolio should be submitted through the AI portfolio form. A link to this form will be emailed to all applicants around the beginning of February. The deadline for submitting the complete portfolio is 28 February 2022, 23:59 (CET). All items should be in English and in PDF format. NB: Candidates who do not submit their (complete) portfolio before the deadline are very unlikely to be admitted!

The portfolio should contain the following items:

  • A copy of the candidate’s most recent final grades. For current high school students, these will be the most recent grades in their final year (as per 15 January 2022). We will mainly look at the candidate’s English, Mathematics, Physics and Biology level and grades. If applicants have not (yet) completed one (or more) of the aforementioned courses (or a comparable course), they are still very welcome to apply, provided they meet the admission requirements.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, detailing the candidate’s relevant experience (1 page max.).
  • A motivation letter in which applicants state why they are the right candidate for the programme (400 words max.).
  • The (conditional) admission letter, so that we know your fixed quota selection procedure is not in vain. If you do not yet have the admission letter, please include an email from either the Admissions Office or the (secretary of the) Admissions Board, confirming that they have received the minimally required documents to process your admission request (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma).
  • Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage).

2. Online selection test

Candidates are also expected to be available for the online selection test, which will be open from 7 February 2022 until 11 February 2022. Tests submitted after the deadline will not be accepted! Information on where to find this test will be sent to all applicants who have applied for the programme before 15 January 2022, 23:59 (CET).

The selection test will be directed towards testing basic skills that are required to fruitfully start the programme and will concentrate on your ability to interpret basic philosophical, logical, linguistic and programming concepts. No preparation is required for these questions. In addition, a mathematical test will be part of the selection procedure. There is no specific set of materials to study for this test, but a list of topics will be emailed to you a few weeks ahead of the test. To give a general impression: candidates are mostly tested on basic mathematical operations (such as the simplification of expressions) and their knowledge of derivation and basic integration.

Biology

The 250 highest ranked candidates will be admitted to the programme.

For each candidate, the selection procedure consists of two parts:

  • a portfolio
  • an online selection test

1. Numerus fixus portfolio

The portfolio should be submitted through the Biology portfolio form. A link to this form will be emailed to all applicants around the beginning of February. The deadline for submitting the complete portfolio is 28 February 2022, 23:59 (CET). All items should be in English and in PDF format. NB: Candidates who do not submit their (complete) portfolio before the deadline are very unlikely to be admitted!

The portfolio should contain the following items:

  • A copy of the candidate’s most recent final grades. For current high school students, these will be the most recent grades in their final year (as per 15 January 2022). We will mainly look at the candidate’s English, Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics level and grades. If applicants have not (yet) completed one (or more) of the aforementioned courses (or a comparable course), they are still very welcome to apply, provided they meet the admission requirements.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, detailing the candidate’s relevant experience (1 page max.).
  • A motivation letter in which applicants state why they are the right candidate for the programme (400 words max.).
  • The (conditional) admission letter, so that we know your fixed quota selection procedure is not in vain. If you do not yet have the admission letter, please include an email from either the Admissions Office or the (secretary of the) Admissions Board, confirming that they have received the minimally required documents to process your admission request (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma).
  • Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage).

2. Online selection test

Candidates are also expected to be available for the online selection test, which will be open from 7 February 2022 until 11 February 2022. Tests submitted after the deadline will not be accepted! Information on where to find this test will be sent to all applicants who have applied for the programme before 15 January 2022, 23:59 (CET).

The selection test will be directed towards testing basic skills that are required to fruitfully start the programme and will concentrate on your ability to recognize basic principles of biological organization, structure and function, and apply them to understand the working of the living cell, the behaviour, and (patho)physiology of complex organisms, and the evolution of biological populations. No preparation is required for these questions. In addition, a mathematical test will be part of the selection procedure. There is no specific set of materials to study for this test, but a list of topics will be emailed to you a few weeks ahead of the test.

Biomedical Engineering

The 125 highest ranked candidates will be admitted to the programme.

For each candidate, the selection procedure consists of two parts:

  • a portfolio
  • an online selection test

1. Numerus fixus portfolio

The portfolio should be submitted through the Biomedical Engineering portfolio form. A link to this form will be emailed to all applicants around the beginning of February. The deadline for submitting the complete portfolio is 28 February 2022, 23:59 (CET). All items should be in English and in PDF format. NB: Candidates who do not submit their (complete) portfolio before the deadline are very unlikely to be admitted!

The portfolio should contain the following items:

  • A copy of the candidate’s most recent final grades. For current high school students, these will be the most recent grades in their final year (as per 15 January 2022). We will mainly look at the candidate’s English, Mathematics and Physics level and grades. If applicants have not (yet) completed one (or more) of the aforementioned courses (or a comparable course), they are still very welcome to apply, provided they meet the admission requirements.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, detailing the candidate’s relevant experience (1 page max.).
  • A motivation letter in which applicants state why they are the right candidate for the programme (400 words max.).
  • The (conditional) admission letter, so that we know your fixed quota selection procedure is not in vain. If you do not yet have the admission letter, please include an email from either the Admissions Office or the (secretary of the) Admissions Board, confirming that they have received the minimally required documents to process your admission request (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma).
  • Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage).

2. Online selection test

Candidates are also expected to be available for the online selection test, which will be open from 7 February 2022 until 11 February 2022. Tests submitted after the deadline will not be accepted! Information on where to find this test will be sent to all applicants who have applied for the programme before 15 January 2022, 23:59 (CET).

The selection test will be directed towards testing basic skills that are required to fruitfully start the programme. No preparation is required for these questions. In addition, a mathematical test will be part of the selection procedure. There is no specific set of materials to study for this test, but a list of topics will be emailed to you a few weeks ahead of the test.

Computing Science

The 200 highest ranked candidates will be admitted to the programme.

For each candidate, the selection procedure consists of two parts:

  • a portfolio
  • a (online) selection test

1. Numerus fixus portfolio

The portfolio should be submitted through the CS portfolio form. A link to this form will be emailed to all applicants around the beginning of February. The deadline for submitting the complete portfolio is 28 February 2022, 23:59 (CET). All items should be in English and in PDF format. NB: Candidates who do not submit their (complete) portfolio before the deadline are very unlikely to be admitted!

The portfolio should contain the following items:

  • A copy of the candidate’s most recent final grades. For current high school students, these will be the most recent grades in their final year (as per 15 January 2022). We will mainly look at the candidate’s English and Mathematics level and grades. If applicants have not (yet) completed one (or more) of the aforementioned courses (or a comparable course), they are still very welcome to apply, provided they meet the admission requirements.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, detailing the candidate’s relevant experience (1 page max.).
  • A motivation letter in which applicants state why they are the right candidate for the programme (400 words max.).
  • The (conditional) admission letter, so that we know your fixed quota selection procedure is not in vain. If you do not yet have the admission letter, please include an email from either the Admissions Office or the (secretary of the) Admissions Board, confirming that they have received the minimally required documents to process your admission request (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma).
  • Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage).

2. Online selection test

Candidates are also expected to be available for the on site or the online selection test. You can choose which option you would like to take. The online test will be open from 7 February 2022 until 11 February 2022. The on site selection test will be held on 11 February 2022. Tests submitted after the deadline will not be accepted! Information on where to find the online test will be sent to all applicants who have applied for the programme before 15 January 2022, 23:59 (CET).

The selection test will be directed towards testing basic skills that are required to fruitfully start the programme and will concentrate on the ability to solve problems in an algorithmic manner, the ability to logically analyse a situation and possibly argumentation skills. No preparation is required for these questions. In addition, a mathematical test will be part of the selection procedure. There is no specific set of materials to study for this test, but a list of topics will be emailed to you a few weeks ahead of the test.

After the selection procedure

All prospective students will receive a ranking number through Studielink on 15 April 2022. If you are offered a place in the programme, make sure you accept it in Studielink within 2 weeks. More information on this procedure can be found here.

Admission procedure

Next to numerus fixus, the admission procedure is another step in the application process. To be able to start a study, the student must be admissible. In order to determine the admissibility, a student goes through the admission procedure. The admission procedure for prospective students with a Dutch diploma is significantly different from that of candidates with a non-Dutch diploma. The procedure for candidates with a non-Dutch diploma is more extensive, e.g. applicants will also have to submit their application through the Admissions Office’s Online Application System (OAS).

Please click the links below for information on the different admission procedures:

Dates to remember for the numerus fixus procedure
1 October 2021 - 15 January 2022, 23:59 (CET) Apply for the numerus fixus degree programme of your choice.

7 February 2022 - 11 February 2022

(Online) selection test.
28 February 2022, 23:59 (CET) Deadline numerus fixus portfolio.
You will receive an email with further details.
15 April 2022 Ranking numbers online on Studielink.

Questions

If you have any questions concerning the numerus fixus procedure and regulations, please check the general University of Groningen webpage on fixed quota programmes, or send an email to numerusfixus.fse rug.nl.

For questions about the admissions procedure for non-Dutch qualifications, please contact the Admissions Office at nf.fse.bsc.admission@rug.nl.

For questions about the admissions procedure for non-regular Dutch qualifications, please contact the Admissions Board Bachelor programmes at admissions.board.bsc.fse rug.nl. Do note that none of the parties will correspond about the contents of the online selection test.

Last modified:25 November 2021 12.02 p.m.