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University of Groningen


As well as being one of the world’s top 100 universities, the University of Groningen is renowned for being one of Europe’s best Research Universities.

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. 

Innovative, research-driven and placed in the number-one knowledge hub of the Northern Netherlands, public research University of Groningen is an internationally oriented university with 30,000 students. 

The University of Groningen is organized in ten faculties that offer programmes and courses in the fields of humanities, social sciences, law, economics and business, spatial sciences, life sciences, and natural sciences and technology. The university offers internationally recognised English taught programmes, ranging from Bachelors to PhDs, where you’ll be encouraged to get involved in groundbreaking socially relevant research. 

You can now study your International Foundation Year on campus at the University of Groningen. The Holland ISC has launched a new centre based at the University of Groningen, giving you the chance to prepare for your degree on campus.
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Academic specialism

The University of Groningen is in the top 3 of European research universities in the fields of: Ecology, Material Sciences, Chemistry and Astronomy. Other strong research groups are in: Nanoscience, Physics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Medical Sciences, Neurosciences, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology, Archaeology and Arts. It offers 20 English-taught Bachelor degree programmes across the Faculties of Art, Economics and Business, Mathematics and Natural Science, Medical Sciences, Behavioural and Social Sciences, and Law.


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Chosen as one of the happiest cities in Europe, Groningen enjoys a bustling reputation. The city is known for its cultural events, yet it will never lose that homely disposition which attracts so many people.

Groningen’s scores high on greening, trust in fellow inhabitants, health care, public spacing and of course, education. Besides that, Groningers are very satisfied with air quality, sport facilities, cultural facilities, safety and the city council. 97% of the people in Groningen are happy to live in Groningen.