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Exam schedule

  • Before the start of the academic year the dates of written exams are published, usually around July. All exchange students will receive the exam schedule.
  • Once the dates of the written exams are set, they cannot be changed. Students should take this into account when planning their journey home. An early flight home is not accepted as a reason for granting a special exam arrangement.
  • The exact times of the exams will be announced later on.
  • Students must enrol to participate in a course and a written examination. This registration is taken care of by way of course enrolment. Based on this course enrolment, the Faculty will register students for the examination and possible resit examination.
  • Detailed information on the exact dates and registration periods for course registration, can be found in the ‘Study and Information Guide Exchange Programme’' which will be available when you arrive in Groningen.


Oral and written examinations are used to assess students’ comprehension of lectures and required reading. In some cases performance is assessed and grades are given on the basis of papers, presentations, quality of participation in group discussions and other assignments.

  • Written Examinations - The duration of a written examination is on average three hours. Written examinations may consist of multiple choice questions, problem questions, essay questions, or a combination. In general, this will have previously been indicated by the teacher of the course. The results of written examinations are published by the examination office, both in Progress and on the notice board in the Weber Foyer of the Harmony Building, and are usually available within 10 working-days.
  • Oral Examinations - Oral examinations are arranged by the teachers, and generally lasts half an hour to an hour. In principle, oral exams must take place in the same examination period as the written exam following the semester or during midterm exams. Right after the oral exam, the student will receive the result. Students are requested to inform the International Office of their results.

Students should be aware that some exams will be administered digitally (computer based exam).

First Examination & Resit

Every module has two examinations per academic year: the first examination and the resit. When students pass the first examination, they have passed the course and it will not be necessary to take the resit. If a student fails both examinations, then in principle there is no possibility any more to pass the course in the same academic year. An extra examination (i.e. a third chance) in the same year is not possible (unless the exam is the very last exam of the student’s law studies)!

The academic calendar shows when each exam period and resit period takes place.

Last modified:02 May 2019 10.14 a.m.