Radboud University

Radboud University is a comprehensive, internationally-oriented university that aspires to be one of the best in Europe. Together with Radboudumc, we have created an intellectual environment that inspires and challenges our students and staff so that  they can extend the scope of academic disciplines and benefit society.

Top reasons to study here

  • International recognition - Radboud University is in the top one percent of universities in the world.
  • Personal approach - Our personal style of teaching offers you plenty of opportunity to work closely with leading researchers and excellent teachers.
  • Extensive freedom of choice - You decide which specialisation and subject choice is most appropriate for you.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (49)
Education & Training (3)
Engineering & Technology (3)

About

History

Radboud University Nijmegen was established on 17 October 1923 under the name Catholic University Nijmegen. With their own university, Dutch Catholics sought to promote the emancipation of Roman Catholics in the Netherlands, who at that time were strongly underrepresented in public administration, the legal profession, medicine and other sectors.

Education

Radboud University challenges its students to actively participate in the academic community and trains them to be critical and committed academics, with their own views regarding scholarship and society, who will take up responsible positions in a society which is becoming increasingly internationalised.

The university’s academic staff come from all over the world, and a large proportion of our student population has spent at least some months studying at a university abroad.

For its core activities of research and teaching, Radboud University draws its inspiration from academic curiosity and the demands placed upon the university by society.

Research

The research profile of Radboud University has two main components: an academic and a societal profile. The academic profile covers the academic disciplines in which the University is engaged and the sub-disciplines in which it excels. The societal profile covers the societal themes with which the University is connected through its academic research. 

Our top people are not buried away in their research groups – they derive their strength from a continuous exchange of ideas and results with others working in related areas. We have several major research institutes, each offering outstanding potential to students and researchers alike.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
217 -13
2019
204
2018
204
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
123 -1
2018
122
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
-
2018
101
2017
101
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
-
2019
99 2
2018
101
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Housing services

Most students in Nijmegen live in student complexes and student houses, share an apartment or rent a room in a house with a landlady or landlord. All rooms are private rooms (without roommates), but usually the kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. 

The large majority of the accommodation offered is mixed accommodation, which means men and women live in the same corridor and (if applicable) share the facilities. A few women-only corridors are offered as well. The rent for these rooms can run up to €500 per month or more. However, rental prices of most rooms are between €370 and €450 per month.

Library services

In partnership with researchers, university teachers, students and administrators of Radboud University the library delivers services and products that best meet teaching and research needs. The library ensures:

  • Sufficient critical mass of academic information by expanding its range of digital sources.
  • Storage and visibility of university's academic research output in Radboud Repository.

ICT services

ICT services provides IT services to the academic community. Radboud’s digital library can also be used off campus. You can download SPSS (Apple, Linux, Windows), EndNote (Windows) and Atlas.ti (Windows) on SURFspot (click the British flag). 

Radboud University staff members and students can download F-secure for free on SURFspot. 

Student Life

Campus life

Radboud University offers a wide range of facilities. All the university’s facilities are concentrated together on the one square kilometre of the former Heyendael estate: the lecture rooms and research labs, the University Hospital, the libraries, offices, the accommodation for student organisations, the sports centre, the cafés and cafeterias, the guesthouse, a supermarket and a book shop.

Radboud University is building a lush, lively Heyendaal campus. It is a campus in which a landscape of grass, paths, and trees form a cohesive whole together with the buildings. With the recently acquired Berchmanianum property, the campus consists of roughly 100 hectares.

Sports facilities

Clear your mind after a long day, be active with friends, improve your health, push your boundaries or just feel good about yourself. Whatever motivates you to get up and moving, Radboud Sports Centre is the perfect place! With more than 80 different sports, long opening hours and professional coaching we offer a wide range of possibilities for everyone. Change perspective, be active!

Student clubs

Nijmegen will have a new student organisation called ISN Nijmegen. 

At the beginning of each semester there is an Orientation week. Depending on the semester, this Orientation includes fun activities such as: tours of the university and the city, sporting events, parties, etc. By participating in this programme you will quickly get to know both Nijmegen and Radboud University, and make new friends from around the world!

If you are going to study at Radboud University and want to be kept updated on new activities and get in contact with other students, please join the Radboud International Students.

Accreditation

NVAO is entrusted by law to accredit all existing Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses and to validate new study programmes at government-funded institutions of higher education and at institutions approved (but not funded) by the Dutch government. 

With regard to the nature of accreditation in higher education, the Netherlands and Flanders (Flemish-speaking Belgium) have opted for accreditation at the level of study programmes. NVAO has laid down accreditation frameworks for this purpose for Flanders and the Netherlands.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Amazing! Studying in the Netherlands is a perfect fit for everyone seeking a good education combined with an active social life.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Radboud University is amazing. The professors are there to engage in interesting discussions with you and teach you the captivating aspects of your study the textbooks sometimes do not write about. The environment is international-student-friendly and the people around the campus are very welcoming and warm, but they also love to party hard! My experience in this...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Since the faculty of Theology is the smallest on campus, it is like a little community. In addition, the professors are very accessible and they know who you are. But because the university is quite large, there are plenty of opportunities and activities. This makes for a great (studying) experience.

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