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Study Year 2020-2021

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Study at the Faculty of Law

Summer is just around the corner and many of us are trying to recover from the bizarre situation we’ve experienced over the past few months. It was a time when suddenly students could no longer go to school, had to take classes and / or exams online (or even not at all) and a time when many of us could not even meet with friends. Unfortunately, this situation is not entirely over just yet and will still affect the start of educational programmes here at the Faculty of Law this September. We hope, of course, that there will be more opportunities for in-person education as new academic year commences. But at the moment there is still some uncertainty. Below you will find some important information about the upcoming academic year.

An online start

Due to the recent global COVID-19 pandemic and strict social distancing rules which still apply in the Netherlands, the Faculty of Law has decided to guarantee online education and assessment for the first semester (blocks 1 & 2) of the 2020-2021 academic year for all English-taught programmes. The Faculty also strives to offer some elements onsite during this period, but these onsite elements of our education will be voluntary. The only exception to this guarantee is the Governance and Law in Digital Society LLM programme, which is taught in Leeuwarden. The facilities in Leeuwarden and the small student population there make it feasible to offer this programme onsite. An email has been sent to all applicants regarding this decision and we hope that applicants have thoroughly read all information within this email.

We hope to meet all students as soon as possible in the Harmonie building (the main building of the Faculty of Law at Oude Kijk in't Jatstraat), but what they can count on in the mean time is that the quality of our education remains paramount, and that students will have the same substantive start as in previous years. In July, all new students will receive a 'Step-by-Step' email with more information about the start of the programmes.

Faculty Introduction

The introductory session for new Law students in the English taught programmes is organized every year by our International Office. They are currently working hard on an adapted format for this year’s introduction session to account for the new online learning environment. They have informed new incoming students about the details of these events via email. For more details, please look at the Step-by-step for programmes on the Admitted Students page.

Online education

As soon as students have registered for courses, they will have access to the Student Portal of the university, and access to all first-year courses via this portal. For each subject, students will be informed by lecturers via the Student Portal about the way in which the education will take place. The medium of teaching can vary between courses as decided by lecturers, yet mediums are facilitated by the faculty.

The course descriptions for the 2020-2021 academic year study programmes are now available in OCASYS.

If you'd like to have an idea of what it is like to study Faculty courses online, you can read about the experience of some our students here and here.

Questions, doubt, uncertainty?

We can imagine that students still have questions, that they may be anxious or unsure about how it will all go. If you would like to contact us in advance, our Study Advisers are ready to answer any questions you may have. They can be reached via email: LLB rug.nl for incoming LLB students, LLM rug.nl for incoming LLM and Pre-LLM students, and exchangelaw rug.nl for incoming exchange students.

If you need a visa to study in the Netherlands, you should have already been in touch with our Immigration Service Desk (ISD). You can find their contact details here.

If your application is still in processing, please contact our Admissions Officers if questions:  LLB applicants to llb.admission rug.nl, LLM applicants to llm.admission rug.nl

More information about Corona-related matters can be found under the following links:

General Corona update + FAQ University of Groningen

Student Information and Administration

*Please note this page is subject to change and will continuosly be updated over the Summer.

Last modified:10 August 2020 12.18 p.m.