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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 coming weeks, 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 2022. 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 2022.

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 Welcoming Ceremony will take place Thursday the 1st of September 2022 at the Martiniplaza. You will receive an invitation to the event approximately 1.5 months in advance, so make sure to keep an eye on your inbox!

A lot of information will be given at this event to ease your stay in the Netherlands, for example:

  • how to open a bank account
  • how to apply 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!

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 opens the 20th of June 2022. If you need help with your enrolment, please consult the secretariat of the programme.

Temporary suspension of the Bachelor's-before-Master's rule

The following condition applies to all Master’s degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts (with the exception of the joint Master’s degree programmes): you may be admitted to a Master’s degree programme as of 1 September 2022 if you require fewer than 15 ECTS to complete the Bachelor’s programme or pre-Master’s* programme that that qualifies you for admission to the Master’s degree programme. You may only start your Master’s thesis once you have completed and passed (with at least a mark of 5.5) your Bachelor’s thesis. The selection procedure for selective Master’s degree programmes remains unchanged. However, you may also start a selective programme if you require fewer than 15 ECTS to complete your Bachelor’s programme or pre-Master’s programme.This option is not available for every international bachelor's diploma. Please contact the Admissions department for further information.

Please note: whether it is possible to start with a Master's degree programme as of 1 February 2023 depends on the programme. Please contact the study adviser of the programme in question for more information.

*If you start with a pre-Master's programme of 15 ECTS in February 2023, you cannot simultaneously be registered for the Master's programme on the basis of the temporary suspension rule.

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.

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.

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 Master's programme. The information is likely to expand in the next couple of weeks, so check this website regularly to see if any relevant information has been added.

In order to access information specifically regarding your Master's 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.

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