Welcome to Radboud University
Radboud University, located in Nijmegen (Netherlands), is a place where you are challenged to discover what you need in order to obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. We offer study programmes on many levels as well as across almost all scientific fields. Internationalisation plays an important role in the quality of our teaching, research and service provision. That is why students at Radboud University are very eager to promote international contacts. Students as well as staff members also realise that when international students come to Nijmegen it is essential for them to feel at home.
All the university buildings, lecture rooms, facilities, research institutes and the university hospital are situated together at one campus on the former Heyendael estate. The university library has six different locations and covers the whole campus. The university sports centre is located in the centre of the campus area. It offers more than 70 types of sports activities to choose from. Sports activities range from football, swimming, rowing, tennis, squash to sports such as pole dancing, horseback riding and kickboxing.
Courses and fees
Entry RequirementsGeneral requirements for a Bachelor’s programme:
- Previous education:
- Mathematics:For all Bachelor’s apart from Arts and Culture Studies, there is an additional Mathematics requirement. Only when no GCE A-level in Mathematics will be obtained, you need a GCE AS-level in Mathematics, minimum grade C. If you do not meet this requirement, you can do a Mathematics test called the CCVX test. This test can be taken at the CCVX or the Boswell Institute in the Netherlands.
- Language requirements:With a high school diploma from the UK, you do not need to provide a language certificate. If you do need to hand in a certificate we accept the following: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge certificate of Proficiency in English. General requirements for a Master’s programme:
- Bachelor’s degree:
- Language requirements:With a Bachelor’s diploma from the UK, you do not need to provide a language certificate. If you do need to hand in a certificate we accept the following: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge certificate of Proficiency in English. Please be advised that the English language tests and the minimum test scores needed for each Master’s programme may differ.
- Programme specific requirements: Some of our Master’s programmes require specific requirements, such as an interview, reference letters or a GPA.
Faculties / Departments
Radboud University offers research and education within seven faculties:
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Medical Sciences
- Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
- Nijmegen School of Management
- Faculty of Science
In 2015, around 1700 international students were enrolled at Radboud University. Radboud University strives to create a working and study environment where international students can truly feel at home. We provide support regarding housing, visa and enrolment as well as fun activities such as weekend-trips or parties especially for international students.
Fees are €1,984 per year for EEA-students. In case you have a nationality from outside of the EEA, the tuition fees are between €9,232 and €10,137 per year.
Dutch study grant and loan system
The Dutch government provides a study loan to cover the tuition fees for all students with a nationality from an EU/EEA country. Also, as a national from the EU/EEA, you may be eligible for a Dutch student grant if you work 56 hours per month in the Netherlands or have a parent or partner (from the EU/EEA) who does so.
Radboud University is located in Nijmegen, the oldest city of the Netherlands. All facilities are situated together on one campus, about 15 minutes away from the city centre.
Library and study facilities
The university library covers the whole campus. Apart from the central library there are six further library locations. The campus libraries are not just places to look for books but also to find a quiet place to study, to meet in groups, to check your e-mail, to ask advice from an information specialist or to enjoy a chat in the lounge. To sum up: the library offers a complete study environment. Everyone can visit the libraries on university campus. For students, most of the services are free of charge. Your student card works as a reader’s pass. You need it to borrow books. You can find information about the books and journals available in the university library in the online catalogue on the internet.
In addition to that, Radboud University is offering an academic writing centre. It provides tutoring and support for all academic writing assignments. Our specially trained tutors (students and PhD candidates at the university) will help you to find a productive way of formulating your thoughts into a well-written text. They can, for instance, help you with your initial ideas for a paper, or with the organisation or style of your text. The individual sessions are free of charge and you can come back as often as you need.
Radboud University offers hundreds of computer workstations at the central library as well as in nearly every building where lessons take place. All workstations are equipped with software for research purposes like e.g. IBM SPSS Statistics. The use of all workstations is free when you are enrolled at Radboud University. Furthermore, students are able to make use of the wifi-infrastructure all over the campus for free.
All students and alumni of our university may use the services of our career service. They help you in finding internships, with job market orientation and in applying for jobs in the Netherlands as well as in other countries. Apart from a lot of other services, a C.V.-check can be done during a personal advice talk or via Skype.
For all students:
- Free entrance to all debates and workshops of the Radboud reflects programme
- Free entrance to all activities of the cultural organisation Culture on campus
The student union of Radboud University is called Universitaire Studenten Raad. It is a democratic-elected, official organ that supports the Executive Board in leading the university.
For €102 per year students can use all facilities of the Radboud sports centre, offering more than 70 sports. You can ‘work out’ individually or in group within e.g. a course. New courses start every year in September and the registration for them is free for students holding a sports card. Next to several soccer, tennis, volleyball and squash fields a big fitness centre is available, all on campus.
The Dutch medical care system might be different from your system at home. If you need medical treatment, you can visit a general practitioner (huisarts). You have to make an appointment by telephone to consult the doctor at his or her practice. Internationals who come to the Netherlands are often surprised by the manner in which medical treatment is provided here. To avoid confusion or frustration, the following information may be useful: in the Netherlands, your general practitioner will be your main source for medical care. The extent of responsibility and treatment of the general practitioner goes further than in many other countries. This means they seldom give recommendations for treatment from a specialist and instead treat the problem themselves. In case of acute circumstances you can visit the A&E of a hospital.
Halls of residence
All international Master’s students who come to Nijmegen for an English-taught Master’s degree programme will be guaranteed housing for the duration of their programme, provided the request for admission to the Master's programme was received before the deadline for the service package, and the International Office has received the letter of acceptance from the Student Affairs Office. For all international Bachelor’s students, we will try our best to find accommodation, which will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.
During your application you can indicate whether or not you want the assistance of the International Office in finding accommodation in Nijmegen. All halls of residence are within a radius of ca. 5 kilometres around the campus. You can use public transport as well as bikes to go to the university. There are five halls of residence offered by the International Office:
- Talia: In this brand new complex, located next to the central train station, you will be in a unit with 3-4 rooms and you will share the kitchen and bathroom facilities with three other students. The complex is a ten minute bike ride away from the university campus and a ten minute bike ride from the city centre.
- Vossenveld: In this complex your room will be in a hallway with 9 rooms and you will share the kitchen and bathroom facilities with eight other students, most rooms have their own shower in the room. The complex is a 20 minute bike ride away from the university campus and the city centre.
- Galgenveld: In this complex your room will be in a hallway with only 6 or 8 rooms and you will share the kitchen and bathroom facilities with only 5 or 7 other students. The complex is a 10 minute bike ride away from the university campus and a 10 minute bike ride from the city centre. The rooms are located on the basement floor and have a large wall-to-wall window at eye level.
- Prof. Molkenboerstraat: In this house there are eight rooms and you share facilities with seven other students. The house is a 10 minute bike ride away from the university campus and a 10 minute bike ride from the city centre.
- Hoogeveldt: In this complex your room will be in a hallway with up to sixteen rooms and you will share the kitchen and bathroom facilities with up to fifteen other students. The complex is a 5 minute bike ride away from the university campus and a 10 minute bike ride from the city centre.
Other housing options / Private halls
You can also find rooms in the private sector, for example via Dutch housing website’s like Kamernet or estate agents. Experience tells us that it may be difficult to find a room in Nijmegen at the beginning of the study-year. We strongly advise you to make use of the service package of our International Office.
Bachelor’s open day – 19 March 2016
If you are interested in our Bachelor’s programmes, you should come to one of our open days. On 19 March, we organise a programme specifically for international students who are interested in a Bachelor´s programme. There will be a campus tour, city tour and an opportunity to visit information rounds of the Bachelor’s of your choice.
Master’s open day - 05 March 2016
Our next Master’s open day on campus is on 5 March 2016. On this day you can get to know our campus, take part in several workshops and of course meet other prospective students from all over the world.
Meet us on other dates
Of course you are also welcome to meet us on another date. Please send us an e-mail to [email protected] if you are interested in that. We will do our best to arrange a meeting with the study advisor of the programme of your choice, and give you a campus tour.
Furthermore you can meet us at one of our many activities abroad. See www.ru.nl/meetus for all our activities.
The city of Nijmegen
Nijmegen is a medium-sized city with about 170,000 inhabitants. It is the 4th largest student city, with almost 12% of all citizens being students. A recent survey revealed that locals feel that students enrich the city with their enthusiasm and their liveliness. Over 2000 years old, it is the oldest city in the Netherlands.
Nijmegen is located near the German border, is crossed by a river and surrounded by green countryside. The old city extends on a hill along the river, with ancient buildings that have a typical Dutch architecture.
Nijmegen is a true university city with a variety of restaurants and cafés. There is the cultural centre, the LUX, which is the largest art house cinema in the Netherlands that offers theatre, music, debate and multimedia.
Another advantage of this city is its location. It has an efficient public transport system and is well connected to other cities of Holland, Germany and Belgium. Major cities in the Netherlands are just a train ride away and international hubs can be reached by a short journey via plane from one of the near airports.
We offer an Orientation Week for our (international) students twice a year. We strongly recommend you to take part in this week full of tours, group activities and fun. You will get to know the city, its history as well as the best restaurants for students, the campus and all the ‘best spots’ to study or enjoy some free time and most importantly of all: get to know other students.
Our campus offers you a lot of leisure activities. Whether it is the sports centre, where you can participate in courses or be part of a sportsclub, or have lunch with friends at the Refter, there are a lot of spots to relax, to study or meet up with other people.
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