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Introduction for students of the Master’s degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts



Welcome to this introduction page of the master programmes offered by the UG!

On the pages of this website (see the menu below) you will find everything you need to make a good start with your studies. You will find information about your timetable, your University of Groningen account, study books and much more.

Over the course of the summer, activities and news concerning your programme will be updated regularly on this webpage. It is important to revisit this page frequently and thereby ensure you keep up to date.

Registering at the University of Groningen

You must register as a student at the UG before 1 September 2021. Studielink provides an overview of everything you will need to arrange, including ID, qualifications and payment of tuition fees. You will not be able to start the degree programme unless all these matters have been arranged by 1 September 2021.

More information can be found here . Please contact the UG Information Services if you have any further questions or need help .

For International Students: please read the Pre-departure Guide which explains all you need to know about studying at the University of Groningen.

Practical information for international students

Welcoming Ceremony international students

We expect you to participate in the Welcoming Ceremony for international students organized by the University. The date and the way in which this event will be organized this year is yet not clear. So check this website regularly during the summer.

A lot of information will be given, for example:

  • how to open a bank account
  • applying for a residence permit
  • health insurance
  • accommodation/housing
  • registration at city hall

Practical information about studying and living in Groningen can be found here.

Practical information

Please check the following ‘to do’ list to make sure you are properly prepared when you start your degree programme.

Please be aware that you require a studentnumber, before you gain access to the StudentPortal, Progress and your student mail.

Watch this video to get to know the UG digital systems!

Entry requirement to start a Master Programme

Given the effects of the corona measures, the Faculty of Arts has decided to apply the "soft cut" for students who want to start a master's program in September. This means that you will be admitted with a deficiency of a maximum of 15 ECTS from the BA or pre-master's program that provides access to the master's program. The condition is that you make up for the deficiency during the academic year 2021-2022. In addition, your BA thesis must be completed with a pass before you start your MA thesis.

For selective masters, selection is still in place like any other year. However, students with a deficiency of a maximum of 15 ECTS can be admitted conditionally to selective masterprograms as well.

Joint master's programs are approved by partners from different countries. Therefore these regulations don't apply to these programs.

Please note, payment authorization must be completed before the 1st of September 2021!

Course enrolment

As a Master's student, you are expected to enroll for your courses yourself. More information on this can be found on the webpage concerning the enrolment for course units. The course enrolment for Master's courses is open until 31 August 2021. If you need help with your enrolment, please consult the secretariat of the programme.

Functional impairment

If you have ADD, ADHD, ASS, dyslexia or another functional impairment that might affect your studies or study progress, please check this SSC link . If you would like to apply for special provisions, please check this Informatietool and also contact your study advisor as soon as possible, and in any case before 1 July 2021.

Education first semester

Corona and education semester 1 2021-2022

Every day thousands of people are vaccinated against the coronavirus and we get one step closer to living our regular lives. This means people and universities will slowly regain the opportunities they had before the pandemic. Therefore, the UG is optimistic regarding the possibilities for the education in the first semester of the academic year 2021-2022.


Subject to the governmental measures, the UG has decided to offer as much teaching on location as possible in the coming academic year. The Faculty of Arts hopes to organize classes as is usual: on-site without constricting measures. This means that we expect students to be physically present to follow their courses. We do wish to stress, however, that the execution of this schedule is dependent on the developments regarding Covid-19 and the governmental measures; we will always adhere to the applicable measures.

Keep up-to-date

On this webpage we will update you on the start of the academic year, and more specifically, with information about your degree programme. It is very important to check these pages from time to time to stay informed about news and activities that concern your study, for example your introduction day.

Additionally, we also try to inform prospective students on our corona-website by posting post news articles that relate to the entire Faculty of Arts, of which your degree programme is a part. We recommend that you keep an eye on that website from time to time.

Check the timetable before the start of semester 1 to see which lectures are given on-site and which are potentially taught online. Do keep in mind that there could be last minute adjustments to the timetable.

More information

Of course we understand it if you are concerned about (the start of) your studies. Do you have questions about things you cannot find an answer to on these two websites? Please do not hesitate to contact the study advisor of your study program.

We hope that you will have a great summer, and that you can start your studies with great enthusiasm after summer!

Buying readers and compulsory literature


Readers can be ordered from early August onwards. You can collect your readers from one of the Ricoh service points , for example in the Harmonie Building. Make sure you collect your readers by 7 September 2021 at the latest!

Compulsory literature

The Online Course Catalogue (Ocasys) provides overviews of the literature that you must buy for each course unit. You can order the books yourself from a high-quality bookshop, or join the study association of your programme and order all the literature at a discount.

Information on specific Master degree programmes

Via the links below you can find specific (practical) information about your Masterprogramme. The information is likely to expand during the summer, so check this website regularly to see if any relevant information has been added.

In order to access information specifically regarding your Master programme, your student account will have to have been activated. You can activate your student account half a year before beginning your programme at the UG. Activate your account via this webpage to keep up-to-date on all news concerning your Master programme

If you have followed the application procedure before the deadline and have received an Admission Letter/email from the IR department, we would like to remind you that in this Admission Letter/email you can find a link to the step-by-step guide on how to complete your registration in Studielink, how to enrol for your Master courses and more information about starting the programme.

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