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The amount of money you will have to spend on books and other study material not only depends on your degree programme but also on where you buy them. Books are often cheaper if you buy them in the country where they were published. You can sometimes also buy study material through your own degree programme or the study association of your degree programme. Please contact your degree programme’s secretariat for more information.

Below is an overview of the study costs per degree programme and programme phase. Only compulsory literature has been included. The actual study costs may turn out a bit higher or lower because the prices of some publications (for example readers) will not be announced until after the publication of this website.

Opleiding Jaar 1 Jaar 2 + 3
American Studies 166,00 51,00
Archaeology* 550,00 650,00
Communication and Information Sciences 650,00 700,00
English language and culture 400,00 340,00
European Languages and Cultures 740,00 1480,00
History 630,00 980,00
Classics / Greek and Latin 565,00 915,00
Information Science 450,00 525,00
International Relations and International Organization 650,00 950,00
Arts, Culture and Media** 550,00 550,00
Art History*** 1600,00 1000,00
Media Studies 525,00 nnb
Middle Eastern Studies 485,00 103,00
Minorities and Multilingualism 350,00 nnb
Dutch Language and Culture 450,00 600,00
Linguistics 500,00 400,00

* Students of the BA programme in Archaeology must bear in mind that extra costs (between 300 and 500 euro) are involved in the first year for excursions.

** Students of the BA programme in ACM must take into account any additional excursion costs.

*** Students of the BA programme in Art History must bear in mind that there are extra costs involved for compulsory field trips, which may vary between c. EUR 225 and 450 in the BA phase depending on destinations.

The University of Groningen has a policy on study costs. This policy was introduced to keep the costs of studying in check, so that students will not have to pay more than a predetermined amount (known as the ceiling amount) per year on study material. The ceiling amount for 2017-2018 is € 740 per study year. Although the Faculty aims to keep the study costs well below this amount, sometimes the costs cannot be prevented from exceeding the ceiling amount. In this event you can either claim half of the additional amount back from the Teaching Institute or other arrangements will be made. A brochure about study costs and the University pricing policy is available from the study advisors and the Student Service Centre.

Study material and study costs master's degree programmes

The amount of money you will have to spend on books and other study material not only depends on your degree programme but also on where you buy them. Books are often cheaper if you buy them online from the country where they were published. You can sometimes also buy study material through your own degree programme or the study association of your degree programme. Please contact your degree programme’s secretariat for more information. The course unit descriptions in Ocasys list the price of required literature where possible.

It is difficult to give a precise estimate of the study costs for an MA degree. This is because most of the programmes only have a limited amount of compulsory literature. Because you will often be consulting specialist literature, it makes more sense to borrow it from the library rather than purchasing it yourself. In this phase of your degree you are thus the one who determines how high your costs will be.

The University of Groningen has a policy on study costs. The policy aims to control costs so that the ‘study cost’ component does not exceed grant/loan budgets. The amount that students are required to spend on study materials therefore does not exceed the government grant. The standard sum for 2016-2017 is € 740. Each degree phase has a cost ‘ceiling’ (standard sum × length of programme).

Sometimes it is not possible to avoid exceeding the ceiling amount. In such cases it is possible to apply to the Faculty Board for reimbursement of half the extra expenditure on the basis of receipts submitted as proof. Sometimes another arrangement may be possible.

A brochure about study costs and the University’s pricing policy is available from your degree programme and the University Student Desk. They can also provide you with more information.

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