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University Medical Center Groningen

Teaching and timetable

Personal account

After enrolling for the Bachelor of Medicine through Studielink, you received an e-mail with instructions about a username and password, representing your personal computer account. The username is identical to your student number, preceded by the letter ‘s’. Your personal account provides access to the university computer applications. Please follow the instructions in that email to activate your account, also check if your account is working correctly: visit and log in. If you experience problems, please contact ICT Support .

Student Portal

The Faculty uses a digital learning environment: the Student Portal. Here, you can find almost all of the available information about your degree programme. We also use the Student Portal to publish announcements. Access to the portal is linked to your student number, which you will receive from the University of Groningen.

An instruction video is available here: Student Portal instruction video

Binding Study Advice: the BSA system

The UG applies binding (negative) study advice (BSA). This means that your study results are subject to requirements. In the first year, you must earn at least 45 out of 60 ECTS credit points in order to be allowed to continue with the degree programme.

More information can be found here


You can find the list of required textbooks here. You can order your books via the study association for Medicine, Medische Faculteitsvereniging (M.F.V.) Panacea.


• For all first-year students of Medicine, the academic year will start on Tuesday 7 September 2021.

You can view your timetable here.

Go to the top-right corner and select the academic year 2021-2021.

Select ‘programmes’.

Select the Faculty: Medical Sciences.

Type the programme name: GNK (after this, you can select your learning community) Year 1 Semester I.

• Bear in mind that this timetable is not yet definite. A lot of the teaching for the degree programme in Medicine is given by physicians from the UMCG. Their availability is dependent on their tasks at the hospital. As soon as the schedule for a course unit becomes definite, it will be indicated in the timetable. We will try to do this as soon as possible so that you can make your study schedules.

• In the degree programme in Medicine, we work with fixed study programmes, so you do not need to register for certain course units separately.

• In the first year of the programme, evening classes (from 6 to 8 p.m.) are held twice per week.

• There are two teaching-free periods: the winter and summer holidays.

Functional impairment

If a student needs an adapted learning environment as a result of a chronic functional impairment or learning disorder, an appointment must be made with a student counsellor before the start of the academic year. The student counsellor and the student will discuss the nature of the impairment and the student’s learning history, and the student counsellor will assess whether the requested adaptations can be sufficiently supported by statements from experts. On this basis, the student counsellor can draw up a statement for the department or the relevant Board of Examiners indicating which adaptations are desirable or essential. Read more here .

Dutch language

If you want to enroll in the Dutch-spoken master's programme of Medicine in Groningen it is important to start learning the Dutch language as soon as possible during your bachelor's program. Before you can enter the master’s program you have to master Dutch at C1 level.

The Language Center of the University of Groningen (RUG) offers standard Dutch courses at different times per year, also in the summer!

As an international student of the University of Groningen (RUG) you can take free Dutch courses at the Language Center: foreign language speakers up to level B1 and German speaking students up to level B2.

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