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Application Process

Application Process
Application Process

For the academic year 2021/2022, we have 130 places available in our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme.

Although we are not a numerus fixus programme, we are a selective programme. Application proceeds in two steps. In the first step your eligibility is determined. If you are deemed eligible for admission, then in a second step your motivation video or personal interview are used to determine whether you will ultimately be admitted to the programme.

During the first step you need to meet several admission requirements unless you have extraordinary personal circumstances, such as a medical or family situation that affected your grade point average or other requirements listed at the link above. Should you believe you qualify, send an email describing your extraordinary personal circumstances to the admissions office at: newstudents.ucg@rug.nl. Please make sure to send this email before you start your application. We will notify central admissions of your situation and then inform you when you may start your application. 

We review applications on a rolling basis. Decisions will be made and communicated monthly until availbale spots are filled and then we will start a waitlist. Apply early!

The Earlybird application deadline is 15 January 2021 and the final application deadline is 1 May 2021.

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 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;
  • 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

Depending on your nationality there are different procedures to go through:

Dutch student International students
  • Please log in with your DigiD.
  • 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 “Create Studielink account without Digid” instead. Did you study in the Netherlands before and do you already have a Studielink account? Select the option "Log in without Digid".
  • 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 contact the Student Information and Administration desk.

Studielink interface: select the right programme
Studielink interface: select the right programme
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 review 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 not graduated yet:

  • All transcripts of your upper secondary education thus far (we can not accept predicted grades, determination will be made on the grades obtained thus far)

  • Proof of enrolment mentioning your expected date of graduation and the full native name of the qualification that you are to obtain (except for students with a Dutch VWO diploma)

  • English translations of your diploma and transcripts (only if the documents are not written in Dutch, English, French or German)

  • Proof of your English proficiency (if needed)

  • Motivation video (preferred) or request for a personal interview (see instructions below)

  • Copy of ID ( EU/EEA students) or valid passport  (Non-EU students)

If you have already graduated:

  • Copy of your diploma + corresponding transcript(s)

  • English translations of your diploma and transcripts (only if the documents are not written in Dutch, English, French or German)

  • Proof of your English proficiency (if needed)

  • Motivation video (preferred) or request for a personal interview (see instructions below)

  • Copy of ID (EU/EEA students ) or valid passport (Non-EU students)

  • 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.

Motivation video or Personal interview

Please note that a request for a personal interview results in a delay of decision compared to submitting a video. Please consider this carefully when you decide which of these you would like to pursue.

Instructions for the video

You can use any video software you wish but make sure that your final video is uploaded on YouTube (paste the YouTube link in a document and upload this at step 6in OAS). Please make sure your video is no shorter than 2 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes. Your video needs to address the following:

  • What are you passionate about? How does the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme help you prepare for your future?

AND any of the following that are applicable to you (the more of these the better):

  • Your ability to demonstrate yourself to be an independent thinker
  • Your willingness to use different disciplinary perspectives (understanding of interdisciplinarity - tip: if you don't know what this is you should do a little research on our website or elsewhere)
  • Your demonstrated civic engagement (volunteer work, extracurricular activities)

The strongest videos will demonstate a clear and compelling understanding of the Liberal Arts and Sciences education and our programme at University College Groningen AND will demonstrate both creativity and passion.

Instructions for the personal interview

Upload a statement into OAS requesting a personal interview in place of a video (write this statement in a document and upload this at step 6in OAS). You will be contacted to schedule your interview. In the interview you will discuss all of the items above that are described for the video admissions.

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 of your status in 3 to 4 weeks after your completed application in OAS.

4) Accepting your Offer

When you receive your offer, you have two weeks to accept this offer. Please do note that we work on a first come, first served basis so we advise you to confirm your offer as soon as possible.

For the academic year of 2021-2022 we have 130 places available. You can accept your offer by emailing us your signed Confirmation of Participation, a document that is attached to the official Decision 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. Please note that these recuirments aredifferent for every applicant, make sure to pay close attention to the conditions, deadlines and requirements as stated in your decision letter.

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

Need a hand? Contact the UCG admissions office via: newstudents.ucg@rug.nl

5) The Waitlist

We have room for 130 students per academic year. Offers will be made as qualified students apply for the programme. Students who are made an offer have 2 weeks to accept their spot. Once 130 spots are filled, UCG will maintain a waitlist and distribute spots if they become available.

6) Offer Holder Programme

Once you have accepted our offer, you are officially and Offer Holder at University College Groningen!

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.


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