I had an exceptional academic experience with lots of challenges
and excitement at the RUG. I had attended high standard courses,
supervised by the best researchers in their respective fields.
Apart from their professionalism they are passionate and inspiring.
Faculty members are accessible and willing to give students advice
about their study related questions and concerns. The Master
program is structured in a way that allows students to select the
courses that best suit to their interest. Lectures are given in an
interactive format, meaning active participation is expected. There
is a strong focus on research skills (statistics, writing,
presenting), combined with learning how to conduct high-quality
research or policy advice. This is a great opportunity to really
get to know what scientific research involves. The perfect
combination of theory, skills and practice will thoroughly prepare
students for a job in the scientific world. The things you learn
throughout the program will certainly allow you to successfully
pursue a job outside of the academic world.
The University also offers extracurricular courses and social
events that make the whole experience even more exciting. The
extracurricular courses aren’t restricted to the faculty
members only, for example, I attended an extracurricular course on
social entrepreneurship offered by the faculty of economics and
business. If you are enthusiastic and motivated, the University of
Groningen is a great match for you!
Studying and living in Groningen is a life experience. Alongside
a wide range of study programs, Groningen is considered to be one
of the youngest cities in the Netherlands. Therefore, this
beautiful city offers lots of activities for young people. Starting
from the sport activities to the art classes organized by the
student associations, you will have a chance to meet up with the
diverse mix of students from all around the world.
Dutch people are very nice and friendly towards foreigners,
almost everybody speaks perfect English and not knowing Dutch is
not an issue to communicate but it is always possible and
encouraged to take a free course in the Dutch language offered by
To conclude, the learning process was even more than I ever
expected could be possible. Based on this, I would fully recommend
the University of Groningen to anyone who wants to get an
outstanding education in a nice atmosphere.
Natia Ubilava is from Georgia and moved to Groningen to study
psychology at a master level, at the faculty of Behavioral and
Social Sciences. Natia has a government scholarship to pursue her
degree at RUG. Upon completion of her studies, Natia will return to
Georgia to work for the public sector. Natia will also pursue a
career in social psychology at the Tbilisi State University at a