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Application Process

Application Process
Application Process

For the academic year of 2019-2020, we have 150 places available in our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme. Although we are not a numerus fixus programme, we are a selective programme which means you have to meet several admission requirements in order to be granted a place at UCG. 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 Earlybird application deadline is January 15th 2019 and the final application deadline is May 1st 2019.

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

1) Studielink application

All applications to Higher Education institutes in the Netherlands start in Studielink. 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 Studielink:

Studielink has 2 videos explaining how to use the platform. One video is in Dutch and the other video is in English.

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 (up to 4);
    • 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;
    • A personal statement is required for your application to UCG - instructions can be found below;
    • 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.

In case you experience any trouble with your Studielink application, please send an email to

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.

How to select our programme:

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 download the OAS Handbook. Please note that we will not be able to review your application without a complete application in OAS. 

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 + corresponding transcript(s)
  • English translations of your diploma and transcripts in case the documents are not written in Dutch, English, French or German
  • Proof of your English proficiency
  • Up to date CV
  • Personal statement (letter or video) – see instructions below
  • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only)
  • If you have already started your higher education please also provide your higher education diploma (or a statement of enrollment confirming the graduation date should you have not graduated yet) and your (most recent/final) transcripts.

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

  • If you apply before the Earlybird deadline (January 15th 2019): please provide us with all transcripts of your upper secondary education
  • If you apply after after the Earlybird application Deadline: please provide us with all transcripts of your upper secondary education + a gradelist of the 1st term of the current school year (2018-2019)
  • Proof of enrolment mentioning your expected date of graduation and the full native name of the qualification that you are to obtain
  • English translations of your diploma and transcripts in case the documents are not written in Dutch, English, French or German
  • Proof of your English proficiency
  • CV
  • Personal statement (letter or video) – see instructions below
  • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).

Please note that predicted grades will not be taken into account. 

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a key part of the application process, as it shows your potential for development at UCG by demonstrating your prior academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and other relevant experience. 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. The personal statement helps to determine whether you will be granted an offer to study Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCG. Therefore, we recommend you to follow the instructions carefully. Please show us your potential as a UCG student by making sure that your personal statement addresses the following questions:

  1. What sparks your interest in the interdisciplinary approach of UCG’s Liberal Arts and Sciences programme and what do you believe is the added value of studying multiple disciplines together? Give concrete examples and/or use your own personal experiences.
  2. Which UCG major(s) or major specialization(s) are you interested in, and why?
  3. What makes studying in an international and intercultural student community attractive to you and what would you like to gain from this? Give concrete examples and/or use your own personal experiences.
  4. How do you see Liberal Arts and Sciences skills, for instance project-management skills, contributing to your future career success? Give concrete examples.
  5. (If relevant) explain any shortcomings in the preferred admission requirements. If you have a deficiency in some particular area, explain how this is compensated by other qualifications.

The word limit of the personal statement is 500 words. Should you wish to make a video, the maximum duration is 5 minutes.

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 after your application in OAS whether you will be offered a place in our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme.

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 to give you a taste of what it is like to be a student at UCG, you will be invited to one of our Offer Holder Days. During an Offer Holder Day, you will receive a tour through the UCG campus, our student housing and you will participate in an activity to get to know the city of Groningen. You will be able to attend a lecture from one of our academics and you will be introduced to our project work in an interactive workshop. You will also have lunch with our academic staff 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! We organize two Offer Holder Days (one after the Earlybird deadline and one after the final application deadline). You will be informed about specific dates after you have received the letter of acceptance from the Admissions Office.

5) Accepting your Offer & Meeting the Requirements

When you receive your (conditional) offer, you have two weeks to accept this offer. Please do note that we work on afirst come, first serve basis so we advise you to confirm your offer as soon as possible to have a guaranteed place at University College Groningen. For the academic year of 2019-2020 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 received from the Admissions Office.

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

Dutch law requires that your file contains certified copies of the qualifications on the basis of which you have been admitted. A certified copy is a duplicate of the original diploma and transcript, which bears an original stamp, signature, and date placed by an authorized institution/individual (e.g. notary or school official). By certifying a copy like this, the authorized institution/individual declares that the information on the document is correct and/or corresponds to the information on the original document (e.g. when you send a certified copy of your diploma). Therefore, regular copies as well as scans via e-mail are not sufficient.

Please send the required certified copies to the following address:

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 2019. The deadline to submit certified duplicates of your diploma and transcript(s) is August 15th 2019.

Need a hand? 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.

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Last modified:15 May 2019 12.56 p.m.