- Founded :1614 year
- Type of University : State
- StudyQA ranking: 7584 pts.
- Offered programms: 74 Bachelor 203 Master
- No. Students: 29407
- No. Staff: 5000
- Study mode: 277 On campus
- Languages of instruction: Dutch, English
The University of Groningen (Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), located in the city of Groningen, was founded in 1614. It is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands as well as one of its largest. Since its inception more than 200,000 students have graduated. It is a member of the distinguished international Coimbra Group of European universities.
In April 2013, according to the results of the International Student Barometer, the University of Groningen, for the third time in a row, has been voted the best University of the Netherlands. The University of Groningen has ten faculties, nine graduate schools, 27 research centres and institutes, and more than 175 degree programmes.
The founding of the University in 1614 – at that time still a college of higher education – was an initiative taken by the Regional Assembly of the city of Groningen and the Ommelanden, or surrounding region. There were four faculties – Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. The first 75 years of its existence were very fruitful for the University with about 100 students enrolling every year. Almost half of the students and lecturers came from outside the Netherlands – the first Rector Magnificus, Ubbo Emmius, came from East Frisia in modern day Germany, for instance – but at the same time there was already a close relationship between the University and the city and the surrounding region.
The development of the University came to a standstill at the end of the seventeenth and during the eighteenth century because of theological differences of opinion, a difficult relationship with the Regional Assembly and political problems that included the siege of the city by ‘Bommen Berend’ in 1672. On average two to three hundred students were registered with the University at any one time during this period. Petrus Camper, though, was a shining academic example during the second half of the eighteenth century and was famous far beyond the city limits as an anatomist, a fighter against rinderpest and the founder of the first outpatient’s clinic for surgical medicine.
Each student has different ambitions, interests and knowledge. To cater for these differences as effectively as possible, the University of Groningen has a range of ways to help you give your studies more content and colour. The University thinks it is important for students to develop their potential and to look beyond borders. This can be taken literally – for instance, you can study abroad – but you can also broaden your study programme itself. You can also be active outside lectures, achieving at a high level and getting the best out of yourself, for example in sports, culture or on committees. After all, being a student is more than just attending lectures.
This is why the University of Groningen has outstanding sports and cultural facilities. Moreover, active students are rewarded for their efforts in the form of scholarships.
The University of Groningen aims to stimulate a broad education. One way it does this is by providing broad Bachelor’s degree programmes in the arts and sciences through the Majors and Minors system (a Minor is a coherent package of electives outside your own degree programme) and the Subsidiary. These options mean you can become acquainted with a different academic discipline and look beyond your own field. You can enjoy learning more about other subjects you’ve been interested in for years.
Then there is Studium Generale, which organizes lectures, debates and symposiums in which a wide range of subjects are examined from different points of view. Renowned academics frequently captivate their audiences with their views on surprising, topical or controversial issues.
Finally, you can broaden your horizons by spending some time studying abroad. The University of Groningen has partner universities all over the world and participates in several scholarship programmes. Every year about 1200 students from the University of Groningen go abroad to study for some time. In this way you can get used to an international environment, where you may well end up after you graduate.
The University of Groningen offers excellent facilities, including a library with a large wide-ranging collection, plenty of workspaces and modern research rooms. The library also provides dedicated study support and an extensive online learning environment.
Groningen is a vibrant student city. Its population has the lowest average age in the Netherlands; one in six inhabitants is a student. Students can be seen everywhere: studying in the Noorderplantsoen park, enjoying the nightlife, and at work in various part-time jobs.
Groningen is a pleasant and safe place to live. With a population of 190,000 it is truly a city; lively, convivial and offering everything you need. At the same time, Groningen has the ambience of a village where you'll soon bump into someone you know. When you want to escape the hustle and bustle, the peace and quiet of the vast countryside is just a stone’s throw away.