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Application Process

The application deadline for the academic year of 2018-2019 was May 1st, which means that it is not possible to apply anymore. The application process for the academic year of 2019-2020 will open on October 4th 2018. Would you like to receive a reminder when the application process has opened? Leave your contact details here.

Great that you have decided to apply for the BA/BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences, offered by University College Groningen! For the academic year of 2018-2019, we have 150 places available. We review applications on a rolling basis, so we advise you to apply early to secure your place at UCG! Please follow the instructions about our application procedure below. The application deadline is May 1st 2018.

  1. Studielink application
  2. Online Application System (OAS)
  3. Board of Admission
  4. Offer Holder Programme
  5. Accept your Offer & Meet the Requirements

1) Studielink application

Studielink is used in the Netherlands to enrol students in higher education programmes. Both the University and the Dutch government obtain their information from Studielink, so it is vital that your personal information is accurate and always up to date.

How to use it:

Studielink asks for your background information, your previous education, the subjects that you've taken, your grades, and the programmes you want to enrol in. Studielink provides you with a to-do-list with actions you need to complete to finish your application. Regularly check Studielink for new or unfinished items on your to-do list and make sure you read any messages you receive.

Please note:

  • The enrolment in Studielink is in addition to the UCG online application;
  • UCG is not a draw programme, therefore you are able to enrol in other programmes as a back up option as well;
  • If Studielink tells you that: "The educational institution has yet to determine whether your previous education level is sufficient," this will only be ticked after you accept your place and you send us a certified copy of your diploma and transcript;

UCG is a residential programme and living in our student housing is mandatory during the first year of your studies. There are no exceptions.

How to login:

To get to the Studielink site please click here. Depending on your nationality there are different procedures to go through:

Dutch students International students
  • Please log in with your DigiD. General studielink instructions can be found here.
  • If you encounter problems while creating an account, a step-by-step guide outlining how to create a studielink account with your DigiD can be found here.
  • Since you are not registered in the Netherlands you do not have a digital signature (DigiD) yet. Please use the option “Apply for username and password” instead. General information about how you will use studielink can be found here.
  • If you encounter problems while creating an account, a step by step guide outlining how to create a studielink account can be found here.

Studied in the Netherlands before?

If you are an international student that has lived and studied in the Netherlands before, you may already have a DigiD. In this case, please follow the information provided for Dutch students.

Enrolment via Studielink

Once you've entered Studielink, and you are ready to enrol, select the following options:


2) Online Application System

After you have applied for our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme via Studielink, you will get an invitation (+ link & password) to the University of Groningen Online Application System (OAS) through email. OAS is the University of Groningen's enrolment software where we will collect all your data, documents and motivation for application to the programme. For a step-by-step guide on how to complete the OAS registration please click here.

Required application documents

If you have already graduated from secondary school and you have obtained your diploma, please provide us with the following documents:

  • Copy of your diploma and corresponding transcript(s)
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • CV
  • Personal statement (letter or video) – you will be informed about the content of the personal statement by e-mail after your Studielink application
  • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).

If you still need to take your final exams and you have not yet obtained your secondary school diploma:

  • If you apply before Mid December 2017: please provide us with all transcripts of your upper secondary education
  • If you apply after Mid December 2017: please provide us with all transcripts of your upper secondary education + a gradelist of the 1st term of the current school year (2017-2018)
  • Enrolment statement from the secondary school including the expected graduation date
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • CV
  • Personal statement (letter or video) – you will be informed about the content of the personal statement by e-mail after your Studielink application
  • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).

OAS help sessions

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays we offer online help sessions via Skype in case you need any assistance with your application. In case you are interested, please sign up here.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a key part of the application process, as it shows your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and other relevant experience that has made you interested in applying to UCG. The personal statement provides an opportunity for you to present yourself, your background, your ideas, and your qualifications to the UCG Board of Admission. The personal statement is intended as an opportunity to give the UCG Board of Admission a better sense of who you are as a person and as a potential student at UCG. You will receive specific instructions regarding the personal statement from us by e-mail after your Studielink application.

3) Board of Admission

Once you have submitted your full application in OAS, the Board of Admission will review your application. We aim to inform you within 3 weeks whether you will be invited to an interview with one of the members of the Board of Admissions to discuss your application further. An interview with the Board of Admission is part of the admission process at UCG. The interview can be done in person at UCG or via Skype. During the interview you can expect questions about what attracts you in the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme, which major discipline you are interested in, why you want to study in the city of Groningen, why you are a good fit for UCG and what you would like to achieve during your studies at UCG etc. Please note that you do not need to prepare anything, as every interview is different en the interview is also meant as a way to get acquainted with each other.

4) Offer Holder Programme

Once you have been offered a place at University College Groningen, the final decision is up to you! To help you with making the decision and giving you a taste of what it is like to be a student at UCG, we have an entire programme ready for you until the start of the academic year in September 2018. Ranging from livestreams during events and guest lectures at University College Groningen, to academic webinars and Q&A sessions via Skype. To get to know University College Groningen and your future classmates already, we have a Student Buddy system, we offer Skype chats with current UCG students and we organise Offer Holder Days. During an Offer Holder Day, you will receive a tour through the UCG campus, our student housing and the city of Groningen. We will provide a guest lecture and you will have lunch with teachers and other staff, current UCG students and UCG's student Association Caerus. This will be the perfect opportunity to experience what it is like to study at University College Groningen!

5) Accept your Offer & Meet the Requirements

When you receive your (conditional) offer, you have two weeks to accept this offer. Please do note that we work on a first come, first serve basis so we advise you to accept your offer as soon as possible to have a guaranteed place at University College Groningen. For the academic year of 2018/2019 we have 150 places available. You can accept your offer by returning your signed Confirmation of Participation, a sheet that is attached to the official acceptance letter that you receive from us by e-mail.

Once you have accepted your offer and you have met the conditions linked to your offer, you are required to send certified duplicates of your diploma, transcript and English proficiency to the Admissions Office:

University of Groningen
Admissions Office
Broerstraat 5
9712 CP Groningen
The Netherlands

The deadline to submit proof of your English language proficiency is August 1st 2018. The deadline to submit certified duplicates of your diploma and transcript(s) is August 15th 2018.

Problems or questions?
If you are unsure of your next step, have general or specific questions, or get stuck in the application process, do not hesitate to contact us via phone, email, Skype or Facebook.

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Laatst gewijzigd:16 juli 2018 12:34