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Incoming Exchange Students

Information and Resources for Prospective Incoming Exchange Students

Groningen Skyline
Groningen Skyline
Outdoor Grote Markt cafe
Outdoor Grote Markt cafe
City canals
City canals

Discover Groningen!

A City of Talent

  • Voted best city of The Netherlands (2010)
  • With 193,000 residents, it is a small and quaint city but full of life!
  • Interesting mix of centuries-old buildings and modern architecture
  • Economic capital of the north with a bustling reputation
  • Cultural hub with museums, film and music festivals, outdoor markets, shopping districts, and sports facilities
  • Over 50% of residents get around by bike in the World’s Cycling City!

A Vibrant Student City

  • 25% of its 193,000 residents are students!
  • Population has the lowest average age in The Netherlands
  • Lively and youthful city with a safe community character
  • Perfect place to study in the park, ride your bike, relax at a street side café, or enjoy the city’s active nightlife
  • Access to sports facilities, student clubs, international student associations, cultural outings, and Dutch language classes

In the Heart of Europe!

  • Experience music and culture in the lively student city of Groningen or escape on your bike to the nearby Dutch countryside
  • Take advantage of Groningen’s key location to explore other parts of Northern and Western Europe
  • Visit Berlin, Paris, London or Brussels which are only a quick train or plane ride away


Historic Academy Building
Historic Academy Building
Biking is a way of life
Biking is a way of life
Studying at a campus cafe
Studying at a campus cafe

University of Groningen

University Profile

  • Founded in 1614; 400 years of academic tradition and innovation
  • Ranked among the Top 100 universities in the World
  • 10 Faculties: Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Math & Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Spatial Sciences, Theology & Religious Studies, and University College
  • Internationally-oriented with strategic partners worldwide
  • 5,238 Full-time faculty and staff; 20% international
  • Leading research groups in biology, chemistry, medical sciences, sociology, philosophy, theology, archaeology, linguistics, cultural studies, and marketing

Academic and Student Profile

  • 45 Bachelor and 146 Master’s tracks
  • English-instruction for 20 Bachelor and 93 Master’s tracks
  • Dutch language classes offered to international students
  • 28,000 students
    • Approx. 4,000 international students representing 115 countries
    • 2,900 international degree-seeking students
    • 1,200 incoming exchange students
    • 879 outbound exchange students

Exchange Student Resources

Shopping districts
Shopping districts
Relaxing in the park
Relaxing in the park
Always a festive occasion
Always a festive occasion
Download the Study Abroad in Groningen presentation
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Prospective Incoming Exchange Student Brochure
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