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Student portal (Brightspace)

All degree programmes use the electronic learning environment called Brightspace. Brightspace is an additional communication medium for lecturers and students. Here, you can find essential information concerning your programme and courses. For example, for enrolling into seminar groups, taking tests and mock exams, exchanging documents in groups, and conducting online discussions. You will regularly receive ‘announcements’ about all kinds of relevant topics. You should always read these announcements! It is a good idea to get into the habit of checking the announcements section as soon as you log in.

Lecture and examination timetables

Lecture and examination timetables can be found on the Faculty of Arts website: Here you will find up-to-date information about the timetables for Arts degree programmes. Please contact the Faculty Timetable Office ( if you have any questions about timetables.


You must enter your course unit schedule online every year in the programme ProgRESS. For registration periods see the Academic Year Schedule.

The course unit planning for the first semester of the first year is entered automatically. Note that you must enter your planning for the second semester yourself. Once you are registered for a course unit, and provided you satisfy the relevant entry and progress requirements, you will in principle automatically be registered for the exam. The Office for Student Affairs will inform you of the procedure and conditions by e-mail, send to your student mailaddress before the start of the lecture and exam period. Your student e-mail address will be automatically generated for you when you register for a degree programme at the University of Groningen, and will have the following format:


All first-year students, including HBO transfer students, will be assigned to workgroups by the secretariat based on the registrations in Progress. The workgroups will be announced through Brightspace in the week before the start of the lectures. Please report to the secretariat ( if you have not been assigned to a workgroup by the start of the semester. You may switch groups should you wish to do so. Please arrange any changes with your fellow students (using the e-mail button in Bright Space) and report them to both the European Languages and Regional Studies cluster secretariat ( and the lecturer of your workgroup.

Last modified:24 April 2024 3.28 p.m.