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The Bachelor's degree programme in International Relations and International Organization (Croho 50627) is a quota programme (numerus fixus). The reason for this is the wide interest for the programme, which means that the programme gets more applications than that there are places available. A fixed number of places is available for quota programmes. For the IRIO Bachelor degree programme this number is 300. For these places a selection procedure takes place.

In order to have a chance to start the programme all candidates will have to complete the underneath application procedure before 15 January 2024.  Please read the below information carefully!

Application procedure 2024-2025

The application procedure for the start of the IRIO Bachelor programme for start in September 2024 will open on 15 October 2023. We encourage all candidates to complete the application procedure before 15 December 2023, the final deadline is 15 January 2024. The application procedure consists of several steps as outlined below. For applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma, steps 1 and 3 need to be completed. For all other applicants, steps 1, 2, and 3 need to be completed. All necessary steps need to be completed in order to be considered for entry:

Step 1 : Registration in Studielink

All candidates have to apply for the Bachelor programme 50627 International Relations and International Organization (English) of the University of Groningen on Studielink > choose starting date: 1 September 2024.

Please follow the instructions in Studielink carefully! The deadline for this step is 15 January 2024

Studielink is the central registration platform for higher education in the Netherlands. For questions about registration in Studielink, please contact the University Student Desk.

Please note: As of academic year 2024-2025 all applicants with a non-Dutch qualification will have to pay an application fee. More information can be found on the Bachelor's admission pages.

Step 2 : Diploma validation on the RUG Progress Portaal

If you want to enter the Bachelor Programme IRIO with a Non-Dutch diploma or an International Baccalaureate, you will have to provide the Admissions Officer of the RUG with a copy of your passport, diploma, transcript of records, and if necessary an official English language test result through the RUG Progress Portaal. The admissions officer determines if your prior education is sufficient for principle admission to the University of Groningen. If applicable, you will receive instructions on how to proceed in Progress Portaal by email after you apply in Studielink. Candidates that have to undertake this step should also complete step 3. Please be aware that the diploma validation and the selection procedure are two separate processes and thus both need to be completed correctly in order to be included in the ranking. The deadline for this step is 15 January 2024.

For questions about diploma validation, please contact the RUG Admissions Office.

Step 3 : Complete your IRIO Selection File and upload it on the IRIO Application Website 2024. The selection file consists of the official IRIO Selection form 2024 and the supporting documents.

All candidates will have to fill out the official IRIO Selection form 2024 in order to participate in the IRIO selection procedure. In this document we will ask you for a number of personal details and a number of other questions concerning your secondary school grades and motivation, evidence for your English language proficiency, add relevant additional education, (work)experience and notable achievements. The document will also ask you to answer a short analytical question.

As you fill out the form, you will need to gather documents of proof for all these aspects. The IRIO Selection Form 2024 combined with these additional documents of proof will be your personal IRIO Selection File for the selection procedure.

ALL APPLICANTS NEED TO SUBMIT A SELECTION FORM AND DOCUMENTS OF PROOF TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE RANKING. Without this completed selection form and the documents to provide evidence, we are unable to consider your application to the BA IRIO and we will be unable to include you in our ranking. Make sure to submit the documents in either a doc. docx. or pdf format only, other format options (in particular pages) are NOT supported. It is thus of the utmost important that you complete this step as well as all the others!

All candidates must submit their complete IRIO Selection file consisting of the filled-out IRIO Selection Form 2024, as well as the required documents of proof, through online IRIO Application Website 2024  (available from 15 October 2023). We encourage all candidates to submit their Selection File before 15 December 2023. The deadline for this step is 15 January 2024.

For questions regarding technical or procedural issues only, please contact selection.irio (please include your full name and RUG student number in your email).

How does the selection procedure work?

The IRIO department will review all individual applications of candidates that have

  • successfully completed the steps above, and

  • are in principle admissible to the University of Groningen based on their previous education

  • not yet participated three times in the IRIO selection procedure before

The individual candidate will be rewarded with a score on the different components of their IRIO Selection File 2024. The overall scores of the individual candidate will be compared to the scores of the entire cohort of candidates, in order to reward the individual candidate a specific place in the ranking. The IRIO Department rewards individual scores on the various components in the IRIO Selection File 2024 based on the following selection criteria:

  • Cognitive skills of the candidate. The IRIO Department will review the relevant cognitive skills for the BA programme IRIO of all individual candidates, based on their previous school results, English Language proficiency, and reading-, writing- and argumentation skills.
  • Motivation of the candidate. The IRIO Department will review the motivation of all individual candidates for the BA programme IRIO based on answers and motivation all candidates include in their IRIO Selection File 2024.
  • Profile of the candidate. The IRIO Department will review the profile of all individual candidates based on answers and the resume all candidates include in their IRIO Selection File 2024.

The IRIO department will score and rank all these candidates and give them a unique place in the ranking. This ranking will be in the form of a number: 001 or higher. On 15 April all candidates that successfully participated in the selection procedure will receive their individual ranking.

Selection check list

Have you taken the following steps?

  • Applied for the BA IRIO through Studielink before the deadline
  • Completed the application via the Progress Portal of the RUG in order to establish your principal eligibility to study at the RUG (not applicable to all applicants, please check step 2 above)
  • Completed and submitted the IRIO Selection form 2024 and submitted all the requested documents with evidence.

Timeline Application and Selection Procedure

15 October 2023 to 15 January 2024 – All candidates that wish to start the programme will have to complete the entire three-step application procedure.

15 January to 15 April 2024 – The IRIO Department will review the IRIO Selection Files and – if applicable – the Admission Office will determine if all candidates are in principle admissible to the University of Groningen.

15 April 2024 – All candidates receive their individual result of the Selection Procedure.

15 April 2024 – Candidates with a number in ranking that falls within the Numerus Fixus (300) will be offered a place in the programme. Candidates have a maximum of two weeks to accept this place, after which this offered place is withdrawn and offered to the next candidate in the ranking (301 and over).

1 May – 15 August 2024 – places that are not accepted or rejected are offered to candidates next in the ranking.

1 September 2024 – Start of the programme.

For more information about the rules and regulation concerning selection and placement procedures within the University of Groningen, please see the Portal Fixed Quota Programmes of the University of Groningen.

Last modified:10 October 2023 11.35 a.m.