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Step-by-step guide on completing registration Master International Relations

// September 2017 (Please note: this page will be updated in June 2018 for the September 2018 start)

If you have received an Admission Letter from the Admissions Board which states that you have been admitted to the Master International Relations directly, please follow these instructions to complete your registration.


Step 1 (of 6): Registration in Studielink

First of all you need to register via the Dutch Higher education system Studielink ( www.rug.studielink.nl ) before 31 August 2017.

Please make sure to register in Studielink for the track you have been granted access to by the Admissions Board:

  • European Integration
  • International Political Economy
  • International Security
  • East Asian Studies
  • Geopolitics & Connectivity
  • International Relations and International Organization

All tracks fall under Master International Relations (code: 60734)

Please note the following:

  • I f you have or will attain a non-Dutch Bachelor’s degree you will already have registered through Studielink. You do not have to do this again.
  • After registration in Studielink you may get a message that you must also apply via the Online Admission System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. If you have or will attain a Dutch Bachelor's Degree, registration in OAS is not necessary


Step 2 (of 6): Payment of tuition fees

After registration in Studielink you need arrange the payment of tuition fees at the RUG BEFORE 31 August !


Step 3 (of 6): Validation of conditions

After completing step 1 and 2 you will have to provide proof of meeting the conditions stipulated in the Letter of Admission in order to be registered in the programme. What you need to provide depends on your situation:

Students with a non Dutch Bachelor’s Degree Students with a Dutch Bachelor’s Degree (non-University of Groningen) Students with a University of Groningen (RUG) Bachelor’s Degree

If you have or will obtain a non-Dutch Bachelor’s degree you will have received instructions from the Admissions Office about your registration for the Master International Relations.

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact the Admissions Office: admission@rug.nl

After you have been granted a Bachelor's Degree , please send an email to the Faculty of Arts Office for Student Affairs, bsz.let@rug.nl in which you ask them to complete your registration for the Master programme. The Office for Student Affairs will then make a Statement of Admission Master programme (VTAE).

Please indicate:

  • your name
  • student number
  • a scan of your diploma
  • a copy of your Letter of Admission

If you have not received your Bachelor’s degree yet, an official statement of your degree programme that you have completed your Bachelor programme (graduation date must be 31 August at the latest!) will be sufficient as well.

For questions on your registration for the programme, please contact the Office for Student Affairs: bsz.let@rug.nl

After you have been granted a Bachelor's Degree , please email to the Faculty of Arts Office for Student Affairs: bsz.let@rug.nl in which you ask them to complete your registration for the Master programme. The Office for Student Affairs will then make a Statement of Admission Master programme (VTAE).

Please indicate:

  • your name
  • student number
  • a copy of your Letter of Admission

For questions on your registration for the programme, please contact the Office for Student Affairs: bsz.let@rug.nl


Step 4 (of 6): Enrolment courses Master programme

For the structure of t he programme, please check the programme schedule on the tab 'programme' on the Master International Relations website (select your track first).

Courses first semester

For students of the tracks European Integration, International Political Economy, International Security, Global Governance, International Relations and International Organization in the semester that starts in September you will be starting with these four courses:

1) Advanced Theory of International Relations (please click on academic year 2017-2018)
2) Capita Selecta of your track: European Integration, International Political Economy, International Security, or Global Governance (please click on academic year 2017-2018)
3) Research seminar 1
4) Research seminar 2

For registration in the courses Advanced Theory of International Relations and Capita Selecta:

Please send an email to the IRIO Secretariat: irio@rug.nl . In the email please indicate the following:

  • Subject: 'Registration in the courses Advanced Theory of International Relations and Capita Selecta'
  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • Your track
  • For students in the track International Relations and International Organization: please indicate the Capita Selecta of your choice ( European Integration, International Political Economy, International Security, or Global Governance)

Registration Research Seminars:

Please choose two research seminars from this brochure and follow the registration procedure indicated in the brochure. If you do not have access to the Student Portal organization “IRIO”, please send an email to the IRIO Secretariat: irio@rug.nl .

You will be informed in the week of 4 September for which research seminars you have been placed.

Please find the timetable for courses online .


For students of the track East Asian Studies , you will be starting with these four courses:

1) Advanced Theory of International Relations (please click on academic year 2017-2018)
2) Capita
Selecta (please click on academic year 2017-2018)
3) Research Seminar I: History, Culture and Politics of East Asia
4) Research Seminar II: Multinational Corporations

Registration in courses and Research Seminars East Asian Studies:

Please send an email to the IRIO Secretariat: irio@rug.nl . In the email please indicate the following:

  • Subject: 'Registration courses and research seminars East Asian Studies'
  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • Your track

Please find the timetable for 2017-2018 online from mid-June 2017.

Course information

Course information is on the Ocasys Online Course Catalogue (please click on academic year 2017-2018): course descriptions, literature, lecturers. Watch this video tutorial for an easy introduction.


Step 5 (of 6): Introduction week

The introduction week for the Master International Relations will start on Monday 4 September 2017. Please find the timetables here.


Step 6 (of 6): Get Started

Before you start it is important that you check all these ‘to do’ points and read all the information to be fully prepared:


Additional information for International Students who are new to the University of Groningen

Prepare for your stay in Groningen

For a good study start you (with the help of the University of Groningen) will have to arrange a lot of things. Where will you live? Do you need a residence permit or a visa? And what about health insurance?

International Students: The University organizes an official Welcoming Ceremony for all new international students on Thursday 31 August 2017. 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, etc. You can already find out more information about these important matters on this website .

Dutch Students: Practical information about studying and living in Groningen (such as housing) is available on this website.

Study Association Clio (not obligatory, but fun!)

Clio is the official study association of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen. Clio offers both study related assistance and organises extracurricular activities (both leisure and study related). Members of Clio get discounts on textbooks (see below) and organised events. Also, Clio is a great way to meet your fellow IRIO students outside of the lecture hall. And on top of that, it is possible to become a member of one (or several) of their committees. Or you can apply for a position on the board! Doing this will give you an insight in managing a study association, such as organising lectures or career events.

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