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Great interest in the first international medical degree programme in Groningen

15 April 2009

In September 2009 the University of Groningen will offer its first medical degree programme taught in English. This International BSc in Medicine is unique in the Netherlands, in the sense that it will be open to both Dutch and foreign students. The new programme has the same objectives as the regular programme but will place special emphasis on the international aspects of medicine. Global Health is an issue that is gaining importance as the number and seriousness of cross-border health problems increases.

Because the total number of places in Dutch medical degree programmes is limited, only 410 new students will be admitted to Groningen in academic year 2009-2010. At most, half of these (205) will be admitted through a so-called ‘decentralized selection’ procedure. This means that they will have to apply directly for a place with the Groningen Faculty of Medicine instead of facing a weighted ballot cast by the IB-Groep or relying on their high grade point average to secure a place. Several other Dutch universities are already using a decentralized selection procedure, but this is the first time it will be used in Groningen. There is great interest in the procedure. The total number of advanced registrations for Groningen has more than doubled to well over 1200 prospective students, both from the Netherlands and abroad.

A large percentage of these applicants have opted for the new International BSc in Medicine programme, which has room for 60 first-year students (out of the total quota of 410). Only the first part of the full medical degree programme – the BSc phase – will be taught in English. Students who wish to continue with the MSc programme must be able to speak Dutch, which they will need to communicate with Dutch patients when they follow their clerkships. The decentralized selection process will take place over the coming months.

Among the Groningen medical students are a group of students from Saudi Arabia. They will also participate in the international degree programme but their number will not count towards the quota.

Note for the press

- Prof. J.C.C. Borleffs, UMCG Dean of Education
- Prof. N.A. Bos, UMCG International BSc in Medicine Programme Director

- or via Communicatie UMCG, tel. 0031-50-361 2200

For more information on the procedure for admission to the Groningen medical degree programme, consult the decentralized selection website.

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