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. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart.
The University of Groningen provides top-quality educational programmes. We offer a wide variety of interesting, highly regarded degree programmes that rank well both nationally and internationally.
The University of Groningen is among the European top in the field of academic research. We are successful because we apply fundamental academic research in an innovative way when dealing with social and individual problems. Groningen-based researchers collaborate with colleagues from all over the world on a daily basis and University of Groningen lecturers actively involve their students in research.
Studying is about more than just gaining a degree certificate. It is also about preparing for a successful career, and Career Services is here to help students of the University of Groningen do this. Career Services helps students to make well-informed choices and gives them the opportunity to realize those choices. We do this by offering workshops and training courses, and by providing help with writing a CV and letter of application. You can also come to Career Services for personal careers advice.
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The Student Service Centre is the University’s expertise centre for student guidance and supervision. Student counsellors, student psychologists and trainers talk to and advise students with complex personal problems, coach them and provide short-term counselling, training courses and workshops aimed at enhancing academic skills and personal development. The SSC also uses its expertise to support the student advisors in the programme departments.
Groningen is a lively student-city with around 50,000 (international) students. It’s no wonder then that the city’s slogan is “Nothing tops Groningen” (in Dutch: “Er gaat niets boven Groningen”). The high student population in Groningen brings the average age of the town down to 36; this makes Groningen the youngest city in the Netherlands. With one in four people being a student, there are a lot of festivals and events in the city such as the ESN introduction week geared towards students and our bars have no official closing times.
The UG has three libraries – the University Library (UB) in the city centre, the Zernike library, and the central medical library – offering access to more than three million printed books, one million ebooks, 80,000 e-journals, and 5,000 magazines. Or, for digital access to all our books, e-books, magazines, journals, and DVDs, use Smartcat, the university’s online library catalogue.
The Health, Safety & Sustainability (AMD) employs a variety of experts in the fields of work and organization, sick leave, staff welfare, occupational health and hygiene, ergonomics, the environment, occupational safety and radiation safety.
In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away. And, because it’s relatively affordable here, students live across the city, making all of Groningen your campus. Groningen is also a safe and green city to live in, with the quiet countryside only a short bike-ride away.
Located at Zernike is the sports centre ACLO. For less than € 50 a year, a student with an ACLO card (ac(lo)tivated student card) can practice as much sports as he or she may desire
Student life is about so much more than just preparing you for a lifetime of achievement. During your time in Groningen, you’ll get to experience everything the city has to offer, from a vibrant art and music scene to a unique, student-inspired nightlife.
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The university is a nice place to be. I really like the small setting within the astronomy departement and the personal contact to the professors. The courses are most of the time a little bit harder compared to other university courses, but my overall impression is really good.
The University of Groningen is a worldwide known institution for a reason - personally, the best choice I ever made is to study at the RuG. The subjects are well taught by amazing professors, many of which also known worldwide. In regards to the university itself, I have nothing bad to say. The only problem is the accommodation: due to too many students being accepted,...
The university of Groningen is a very challenging environment that push forward students in order to learn and develop new skills.