University of Groningen


We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen.

From art history to the art of international business, the University of Groningen is the place to be. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you, And, if you’re an exceptionally motivated and talented student, you could be eligible to join our Honours College and get even more from your time in Groningen.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society. With research focused on Energy, Healthy Ageing and a Sustainable Society, recent topics have included finding ‘greener’ plastics, ways to exercise more consciously and the effects of climate change on birds.

Vibrant City

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. The Groninger Museum with its world-renowned contemporary art exhibitions and the 133-year old Stadsschouwburg, one of the oldest and best-looking city theatres in the Netherlands, are must-visits, too.

Global Community

Groningen has a long history of welcoming foreign students. In fact, even in the 17th-Century almost half of the students and lecturers came from outside the Netherlands. The university still attracts a large international community, with over 6,000 international students from over 120 countries. Best of all, you don’t have to learn Dutch to live in Groningen. Not only are some 180 of our degrees taught in English, but you can easily get by in your everyday life here without learning the local language. Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year, including an introduction week and biking lessons.

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