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Introduction for Pre-Master’s students at Faculty of Arts

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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.

Registration at the University of Groningen

If your qualifications do not give you direct access to the Master’s programme of your choice at the Faculty of Arts, the Admissions Board of your degree programme may admit you provided that you first complete a Pre-Master’s programme. This programme will ensure that you have sufficient subject-specific theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills to be able to round off the Master’s programme successfully.

If you have questions about following a Pre-Master’s programme, the composition of the programme or the registration procedure, please contact the degree programme’s study advisor.

Your registration as a Pre-Master’s student at the UG must be complete before 1 September. Studielink provides an overview of everything you will need to arrange, Remember your ID and the fee for the Pre-Master’s programme. You will not be able to start the programme unless you have registered in Studielink by 1 September.

The Office for Student Affairs will deal with the administrative matters concerning your qualifications. The required documents include a letter from the Admissions Board and a copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate or graduation statement (the latter only applies if you have gained a Bachelor’s degree certificate from another university than the UG).

Please contact the UG Information Services if you have any further questions or need help.

Practical information

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 at a to be determined time and place. 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!

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 Information tool and also contact your study advisor as soon as possible.

Buying readers and compulsory literature


Readers can be ordered from early August onwards via Canon. The readers will be delivered to your home. Make sure to order your readers on time.

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.

Introductionactivities for Pre-Masterstudents

Not every degree programme organises an introduction for Pre-Master students. Please check the BA and MA Introduction webpages of your degree programme to see whether there are introduction activities you can take part in.

Last modified:04 May 2023 09.34 a.m.
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