Application and Requirements
On this page you can find more information about the application procedure. You can also find more information about the requirements, with a special focus on the English Language Proficiency
We make a distinction between students who apply for research purposes only and students who apply for an exchange for study purposes (mainly courses and possibly an additional research project). Traineeships and internships with the focus on research at one of our research groups/institutes are also mentioned as research.
The application process for courses starts with a nomination from your home institution to the University of Groningen (your host institution). After your nomination, we will contact you directly and give you more information about how to compose your study programme. More information about our courses can be found here. To find the courses open for exchange students, make sure that you click on our faculty, thereafter you will see a drop down menu for "courses for exchange" students. Also, be aware of the academic year (right top corner).
Before we can confirm that you are accepted for an exchange programme at our Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), we will send you an email and request you to send us and to fill out the following application documents:
Application deadline first semester: May 1st
Application deadline second semester: November 1st
In case you apply for research purposes only you must fill out and send us the following documents:
|Copy Passport or Identification Card|
You can apply for a research at the University of Groningen throughout the year.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants for course work whose native language is not English must provide adequate evidence of proficiency in English. The following tests are accepted:
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5 - no less than 6.0 on each section|
|TOEFL IBT (internet-based test)||90 - no less than 21 on each section|
|TOEFL CBT (computer-based test)||237 - no less than 21 on each section|
|TOEFL PBT (paper-based test)||580 - no less than 55 on each section|
|Cambridge English||FCE, CAE or CPE certificate|
|Exclusively for students from Erasmus+ Partners: CEFR English Language Test||Scores B2/C1|
Please keep in mind that the test scores cannot be older than two years (except for FCE/CAE/CPE certificates) and that the modality required is 'academic'.
You are exempted from proving proficiency in English if you:
are a native speaker and completed secondary education in any of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
are enrolled as a student in any one of the following countries: Canada (English-taught education only), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
Complete application? What's next?
As we receive the complete set of documents, we will assess your application. If the requirements mentioned above are met, you will:
|Receive a Letter of Acceptance from us (for research students: the supervisor here at the University of Groningen will make a letter of acceptance for you if necessary)|
|Receive information about the Visa procedure and requirements from the International Student Desk (only when necessary)|
|Get a student number and student account at the University of Groningen|
|Receive feedback about your study programme from the appointed Study Advisor (for courses students)|
|Receive an Exchange Guide with more information about the University, housing, the city and more|
|Last modified:||15 May 2019 4.10 p.m.|