University of Groningen
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Welcome to University of Groningen
The University of Groningen is one of the Netherlands' oldest universities, founded in 1614 and based in the north of the country. It's one of the top 100 universities in the world, and has a student body of 29,000 - 4,000 of which are international students.
Bachelors, Masters and PhD qualifications are on offer in virtually every field, with more than 100 courses taught in English in the fields of humanities, law, economics, life sciences and technology.
Notable alumni include Nobel Prize winner Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, the first Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels, one-time mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen and the secretary general of NATO Dirk Stikker.
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Courses and fees
There are hundreds of courses on offer at the University of Groningen, with more than 100 English taught postgraduate degrees and 23 English taught undergraduate degrees on offer. In addition to these, there is an extensive PhD programme on offer.
For a full breakdown of the English undergraduate courses on offer, visit the university’s website.
Faculties and courses
There are ten faculties that make up the University of Groningen: Faculty of Arts, Behavioural and Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Medical Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Spatial Sciences, and Theology and Religious Studies and the newest addition is the University College Groningen.
Key English-taught undergraduate courses include American Studies, LLB International and European Law, International Business, Medicine: Global Health, Psychology, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Computer Science.
To see what Masters courses are offered in English, visit the university’s website.
The university has an array of up to date facilities on offer including a language centre, university newspaper, extensive IT facilities and a student service centre to support you through your time at university. Additionally, the building itself is ancient, with plenty of history to discover, lurking behind its walls.
The university is located in Groningen – very much a student-city with two universities making up the bulk of the population. There are plenty of clubs and bars to go to during term time, and the city is well-connected to the rest of the country, with Amsterdam approximately 2 and a half hours away by train.
Library and study facilities
There are several libraries located at the University of Groningen including specialist law, behavioural and social sciences, theology, medicine, and art libraries. The main library is open until midnight during term times.
The specialist Donald Smits Center for Information Technology has an array of world-class computing facilities including open access computers and points for laptop connections. The university also offers a number of short courses for those who want to brush up on their IT skills.
The university’s careers service is called NEXT and helps students discover what they would like to do once they graduate. Based in the library, they organise a number of events and workshops designed to enhance your professional skills.
There isn’t just one union – there are several associations organised by the university, may of which have an international focus. Of particular interest is the British and Irish Community which can link you up with some like-minded people and the ESN organisation which oversees international students as a whole.
The Aclo is the university’s sports centre and offers a range of sporting programmes and classes to students not only studying at the University of Groningen but also those from Hanzehogeschool Groningen. There’s a full calendar of activities including aerobics, basketball, cycling, Frisbee, horse riding, judo, tennis, swimming, pilates, rugby and more: if you can think of the sport, they probably offer it here!
Medical and welfare services
Healthcare in the Netherlands is similar to the UK in that you can see a GP about any general medical issues. You’ll have to register with a GP once you arrive and also need travel insurance to cover the costs of the service. For more information on the health services available visit the university’s website.
The university has sent up detailed guides to everything you need to know about spending money in the Netherlands. You may also be entitled to a grant, so make sure you check out their website to see if you’re eligible.
There’s no on-site accommodation at the University of Groningen and most students live amongst the locals or ‘Stadjers’ across the city. To help you find a place to live, the university has partnered with the Housing Office which has a list of halls and student accommodation available.
The SSH is the main student accommodation provider in the Netherlands with over 19,000 rooms and residences in the regions of Utrecht, Amersfoort, Maastricht, Tilburg, Rotterdam, Zwolle and Groningen.
Single rooms, double rooms and studios are all on offer with rent costing between € 260 and € 450 inclusive of all bills. Most rooms have a shared bathroom and kitchen, although some en-suites and studios are available.
When you register, you can say what room type you’d prefer and what budget you’d like. Currently there are 11 different halls on offer from the Housing Office.
It’s advised that you apply as soon as you have been accepted to the university as demand for places are high.
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The only way to find out whether Groningen is the right university for you is by visiting it! An open day enables you to tour the campus, meet with students and find out what exactly you’ll be studying. It can also alleviate any worries that you may have about studying abroad.
The university runs a mixture of UK-specific open days and general open days.Specific postgraduate open days also take place in March and November each year.
The year is divided into four teaching blocks which consist of lectures and workshops followed by a period of examinations. The dates for the 2014/15 year are as follows:
- Block 1: 1 September – 7 November 2014
- Block 2: 10 November 2014 – 30 January 2015
- Block 3: 2 February – 24 April 2015
- Block 4: 13 April – 10 July 2015
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