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Course enrolment (Student Portal) and Group enrolment

  • Enrolment


    Enrolment periods

    1. Please check the enrolment periods here.
    2. Check whether you fulfil the entry requirements of the course in
    Ocasys. The course enrolment is open to all. If you do not fulfil the entry requirements, your course enrolment will not lead to an exam enrolment.
    3. Check the
    schedule to see which working groups fit your schedule to avoid overlap in working groups.

    Register for a course and a working group

    Enrol by taking the following steps:

    1. Go to Progress.
    2. Click ‘Enrolling’ at the top menu.
    3. Choose ‘Faculty of Law’ and click ‘Enrolment Courses (Nestor and Exams)’.
    4. Tick the boxes of courses that you will take and click ‘enrol’ (at the bottom of the list).
    5. Courses with a separate enrollment for working groups are marked in progress as: * COURSE NAME *
    6. Click ‘Enrolment Groups (Working groups)’ (under the folder of “Faculty of Law”), choose the correct block and choose the correct category (LLB or Exchange).
    7. Tick the boxes of the working groups you want to enrol for and click the button ‘enrol’.

    There is a limitation of 30 ECTS each block with regard to course enrolment. Each block 30 ECTS will be added. This will add up to 60 ECTS for block 1 and 2 combined, 90 ECTS for blocks 1, 2, and 3 and 120 ECTS for block 1-4. The course enrolments of last block will be part of the calculation of ECTS in the next block. If you want to enrol for more than the maximum number of ECTS available, you need to contact a study adviser to discuss your planning. You can also de-enrol for courses, which might provide for more room. The reason for this maximisation is to prevent unnecessary no show for exams and as such more efficient use of locations.

    Seminar registration

    The International Office registers all LLM students for their compulsory seminars. No course registration is therefore necessary for these courses, as the seminar registration done by the International Office will provide students with access to the course information at the Student Portal.

    Rules with regard to working group registration

    Year 1
    All LLB students will be registered for a working group for the full first year. No working group enrolment is therefore necessary in the first year.

    Year 2 and 3
    All LLB (and exchange) students need to register for working groups for the second and third year courses themselves.

    Please be aware: the registration for the Research Colloquium will be in August of the 2nd year!

    Group full?

    You can still enrol for a different working group that still has places available. Only in cases where insurmountable scheduling problems occur (for instance if the times of the remaining working groups are interfering with other compulsory courses) you can contact the administration. The administration is available in the enrolment periods on working days from 10.30-11.30 am at +31503635721. Check in advance which working groups would be an option according to your course schedule.

    Missing deadline enrolment groups

    If you are not enrolled for a working group, you should:

    • 1st year LLB students should contact the International Office (;
    • all other students should contact the departments in charge of the particular course as soon as possible.

    Confirmation exam enrolment and table number

    At the latest three weeks before the start of the examination period you will receive an email about the automatic enrolment for written examinations. You have to check the actual exam enrolments yourself in Progress. At the latest one week before the examination period you will receive an email with your table number. Therefore: check your University email regularly! Bring the proof of your exam enrolment to the examination (digital Progress printscreen or on paper). The lecturers will not allow you to enter the examination room without such proof of enrolment.

    Should you decide not to participate in the (resit) examination: please de-enrol as soon as possible for the (resit) examination.

    Forgot to register? Possibility to repair!

    Student Portal (Nestor) and Examinations
    There is a repair possibility in week 5 of each block for enrolment for the (resit) examination in Progress. This enrolment also grants you access to the Student Portal and enrolment for a possible resit examination. After week 5, there is no repair possibility for a (resit) examination in that block any more. According to the Examination Regulation, you are obliged to enrol for a written examination. If you have not fulfilled the enrolment obligation, you cannot participate in the examination and/or the examination is invalid.

    Resit examination

    If you have failed or have not participated in the examination of a course, you will be automatically enrolled for het resit.

    If you only want to participate in the resit, you must also enrol for the course, but then de-enrol for the examination as soon as the exam enrolment comes through.

    If you have any questions or problems regarding the enrolment, please contact the International Office.

    You can reach the International Office via email (, or or by telephone: +31503637942.

    You can also visit the International Office during their walk-in office hours:

    LLB & LLM students
    every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 1-3 pm, room H1314.0107

    Exchange students
    every Tuesday and Thursday: 3-5 pm, room H1314.0110

    Last update: 18-7-2018

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  • Course information Student Portal


    The Student Portal holds the digital learning environment of the University of Groningen. Via the Student Portal, section ‘Courses’, students and lecturers can exchange information and course materials irrespective of time and place.

    Please click here for the webpage holding general information about the Student Portal.

    How can I access the course information in the Student Portal?

    When you enrol for a course in Progress, you will be automatically enrolled for access to the course information in the Student Portal.

    Please be aware: it might take a day before the course shows up in the Student Portal.


    When you have enrolled for a course in Progress and the course still does not appear on the Student Portal the next day, it is possible the lecturer has not opened the course up yet. In this case, please contact the lecturer.

    Click here when you are experiencing problems with regard to the checking of course information on the Student Portal.

    Last update: 18-7-2018

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  • Course information (Ocasys)

  • Definitions of educational formats & levels of courses

    Definitions of educational formats


    Lectures are sessions during which the lecturer speaks and the students mainly listen to the lecturer. Depending on the nature of the course, the inclination of the lecturer and the programme phase, a lecture can be characterized as:

    • showing the main issues;
    • providing insight in the structure of the course;
    • discussion of bottlenecks;
    • focusing on current issues in the field of expertise;
    • showing links between theory and practice;
    • providing insight in methods of problem solving.

    Working groups

    Working groups aim at supporting the lectures. They also serve to teach skills. Students are expected to take a proactive stance in working groups. This would e.g. mean:

    • to prepare assignments which will be discussed during the working groups;
    • to act actively and in a participating manner during a working group session.

    The number of students in a working group is usually 25 to 30.


    Practicals have a practical approach: you will practice skills in a practical and carry out assignments. Assessment usually takes place at the end of the practical in the form of an assignment. The lecturers only have a guiding and supporting role.


    A seminar is a way to impart both academic and legal skills. It has a research approach. Students will undertake research, carry out assignments, give presentations and write papers.

    It is a training in academic reasoning, in which, after a proper analysis has taken place, a (creative) solution for a legal question is clearly presented with arguments.

    The following academic skills will be trained:

    • logical reasoning, arguing, creative thinking, analysing problems, making links;
    • verbal skills: arguing and formulating;
    • communicative skills: communicating, presenting and persuading, listening, reading.

    Legal skills include:

    • employ a legal perspective;
    • adequate usage of descriptive and prescriptive aspects;
    • understanding and applying legal texts;
    • finding and applying jurisprudence.

    A seminar includes these activities:

    • selection of relevant literature;
    • developing a research question;
    • to make a written and an oral presentation of the findings plus a defence thereof or a discussion about it;
    • to comment on the findings of fellow students;
    • if possible, a joint final publication, preferably on the internet.

    Definitions of levels of courses


    Indicates that the course can only be taken in the Bachelor’s programme and the course belongs to the propaedeutic phase (1st year).

    Accessible for:
    Students registered in the first year (propaedeutic phase) of a Bachelor’s degree programme or students who are enrolled in a pre-Master/transfer programme or special admission programme.


    Indicates that the course can only be taken or recognised in the Bachelor’s degree programme. The course belongs to the post-propaedeutic stage (2nd and 3rd year).

    Accessible for:

    1. Students registered in the post-propaedeutic phase of a Bachelor’s degree programme and/or

    2. Students registered in the first year (propaedeutic phase) of a Bachelor’s degree programme and are conditionally admitted by the Board of Examiners to the post-propaedeutic stage and/or

    3. Students who have received a positive binding study advice or

    4. Students who are registered in a pre-Master/transfer programme or special admission programme.


    Indicates that the course can be taken or recognised by students either in the Bachelor’s degree or the Master’s degree programme.

    To be taken for both Bachelor students and Master students

    Courses at M4 level can be recognised both in the Bachelor’s and the Master’s examinations. Students must decide to take such course during the Bachelor or the Master. An M4 course which is part of the Bachelor’s examination cannot be part of the Master’s examination. The course should be included in the programme for which you are registered at the time of successful completion of this course.

    If you have passed such course in the Bachelor’s degree programme and the course is a compulsory part of the Master’s degree programme, students can request an exemption for the course in the Master’s degree programme. The exempted credits should then be complemented by (an) extra optional course(s). Please also check the Teaching and Examination Regulations for the master programmes.

    Accessible for:

    1. Students registered in a Master’s degree programme and/or

    2. Students registered in a Bachelor’s degree programme and who have completed their propaedeutic phase and/or

    3. Students registered for a pre-Master/transfer programme or special admissions programme.


    Indicates that the course can only be taken or recognised in the Master’s degree programme.

    Accessible for:

    1. Students enrolled for a Master’s degree programme


    Indicates that the course is only open to students from other faculties.


    1. the course is specially designed for that other faculty or

    2. the course is specially designed as a minor course for students from other faculties.


    Last update on 18-7-2018

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