The University of Groningen has a long academic tradition going back to 1614, which makes Groningen the oldest university in the Netherlands after Leiden. Many very talented people in a variety of disciplines have studied or worked at the university during the 400 years of its existence, including two Nobel Prize winners, the first female University student in the Netherlands and the first female lecturer, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank. They share their academic roots with more than 100,000 other people who have attended the University of Groningen as students, lecturers or research workers.
Groningen, capital of the eponymous province in the northern part of Holland, is a lively city that has much to offer in terms of culture and events, beautiful historic monuments like the Martini Tower, great shopping districts for a wonderful shopping spree, and excellent restaurants. What will probably strike you most when entering Groningen is its youthful population.With an average age of 36, historic Groningen is the youngest city in the Netherlands. Roughly a quarter of the city’s 200.000 inhabitants consists of students. You will find them everywhere: studying in the park, riding a bike, or having a drink with fellow students in one of the many pubs.
These walls exude creative energy wherever you go. Concept stores, cafés with no fixed closing times, cultural experiments and daring start-ups: in Groningen, people are young. Around the clock. With the city’s many bars, restaurants, theaters, museums and sports facilities, you will never get bored.
If you do feel like leaving the vibrant city life however, the countryside is never far away. Take a breath of fresh air and clear your head while enjoying the landscape and limitless view in all directions when you get nearer to the ‘Wadden Sea’.
You will surely enjoy the bustling and hospitable city of Groningen
With over 45 bachelor’s and 160 master’s programs to choose from, there are plenty of ways to challenge yourself at the University of Groningen. Check out the English-language degrees available in their 11 faculties
to get an overview of the various courses offered. Since you most likely cannot visit their University Fairs
, go to the Virtual UG
to get a better feel of the University and the programs available.
The University of Groningen has exchange agreements with universities all over the world and offers a wide range of courses for exchange students. These courses are mainly for students who are in their third or final year of their Bachelor's program and for graduate students. Most exchange students stay for a period of five to twelve months. Exchange periods are September-late January and February-July
. Find out more about the undergraduate courses you’re interested in by checking out Ocasys
, which offers an overview of all their courses.
provides a rough estimate of the costs of various aspects of student life in Groningen. Your general daily expenses include food, books, clothes, public transportation, and leisurely activities. You will also need to take into consideration the costs of housing and insurance.
However, experience shows that students will spend on average €800-1.000 per month. The estimate does not include unforeseen costs and should be used as a general indication of the costs of living in the Netherlands.
Whether you are looking for dedicated student housing or private accommodation, you’ll find it in Groningen. But it can be a challenge, so start searching as soon as you can. It is often difficult finding accommodation in Dutch student cities and, in Groningen, over 20,000 students will all be looking for housing at the same time as you. Therefore, the earlier you you find accommodation, the better. For more info look here