The university of Groningen is a highly reputable school, known for its extraordinary Academic prowess and performance, it is acclaimed for its academic teaching, learning and research.
University of Groningen was founded in 1614, it is one of the oldest and largest University in Netherlands, it is located in the city of Groningen, Netherlands.
University of Groningen is a well recognized member of the notable international Coimbria Group of European Universities. Coimbria group is an association of European Universities, Combria Group of European Universities was founded in the year 1985 to ensure academic standard and excellence among European universities. It is made up of Universities that are involved in cross and multi disciplinary research institutions.
As at 2015, University of Groningen has been in existence for 400 years.
Presently, University of Groningen has 10 faculties, 9 graduate schools, 27 research institutes and centres, it operates more than 175 degree programmes.
The motto of Groningen University is “Verbum dominilucernapedibusnostris” which means “The word of the Lord is a light for our feet”.
The present President of Groningen University is Prof. Sibrand Poppena and the Rector is Prof. Elmer Sterken.
University of Groningen is one of the top three research Universities in Europe, it has taken pivotal roles in Ecology, Astronomy, Chemistry and Material sciences, physics, Nanoscience, Molecular Biology, Medical Science, Neuroscience, philosophy, Sociology, theology, Archaeology, Microbiology and Arts.
Currently, University of Groningen is home to more than 30,000 students which include 3,750 students outside the shores of Netherlands (International students), it has 1,500 PhD students, out of which 48% are International students, the University has a total of 6,500 employees consisting of both administrative and academic staff.
Groningen University is the most recognized school in Netherland for research oriented programmes. The operating faculties in Groningen University includes;
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Social science
- Faculty of Spatial science
- Faculty of Life Sciences
- Faculty of Economics and Business
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Natural science
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Philosophy
- Faculty of Engineering.
The organization of Groningen university’s graduate school is quite different from other international universities, its graduate school do not include all masters programmes, Groningen University ‘s graduate school coordinate and administer the two years’ master’s programmes which are; top master’s degree programmes and research master’s degree programmes.
The graduate schools in Groningen University includes:
- Graduate School of Spatial science
- Graduate School of Medical Science
- Graduate School of Theology and Religious Studies
- Graduate School of Law
- Graduate School of Humanities
- Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences
- Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Science
- Graduate school of Philosophy
- Graduate school of Science
The university of Groningen has produced countless and notable alumni in almost all the areas and field of education, Alumni such as,
- Job Cohen, former Mayor of Amsterdam
- Willem de Sitter, an Astronomer
- johanHuizigai, a Historian
- Peter Hofstee, the current Chief Architect of the Synergic power element
- Gerardus Heymans, Philosopher and Pychologist
- Evagelis Manias, Professor of Material Science and Engineering at Penn State University
- Aletta Jacobs, the first woman in Netherlands to receive a MD
- Dink Stikker, Secretary General of NATO
In 2015/2016, University of Groningen was ranked by Times Higher Education World as the 74th University in the world, it was also rated by ARWU (academic Ranking of world universities) as the 72nd university in the world.
According to Webometrics, the university of Groningen holds the 18th position in European rankings.
Groningen University has a wide range of different bachelor’s programmes to choose from, prospective students have a wide choice of programmes at their disposal.
The school has several degree programmes that are taught in English and several others that are taught in Dutch.
In order for prospective students to be eligible for admission into Groningen university, certain criteria has to be satisfactorily met, these requirements are:
To be eligible for admission into Groningen University, your last education level must be equivalent to pre university education in Netherlands. Other international qualifications equivalent to VWO includes;
- America High School Diploma
- CAPE, in Caribbean territory
- European baccalaureate
- GCE A2- Levels
- The British examination board
- International baccalaureate
Students whose qualification is not listed above can also apply, as application will be based on individual, prospective students should also note that additional requirements may be demanded.
Any intending student of Groningen University must have a proficiency in one of the two teaching languages (English/Dutch), students are therefore advised to go through the language requirements per faculty to know the teaching language of their course of study.
For English taught courses, students must tender a proof of passing an English proficiency test, you can be exempted from this test if ;
- You are a native speaker and you have an English Secondary education in one of the following countries; USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.
- You have completed a higher education in one of the above listed countries
- You have at least 3 GCE A2- Level Certificates
- Possess an international Baccalaureate with English as the language of instruction
Students should also take note that some programmes require specific subject requirements, and the necessary foundational knowledge for the course applied for.
Prospective master’s students should also take note of these requirements, more information as regards the intended programme and requirements should be gotten from the school homepage.
Bachelor and Master’s degree programmes tuition fee depends on the programme of your choice, students should take note that different fees apply for each programme.
European Union European Economic Area(EEA) students
All regular bachelor and master’s degree programmes €2,006
Non-European Union and EEA Students
Degree Programme Tuition
Faculty of Science and Engineering €10,800
All other regular Bachelor’s degree programme €8,200
For Master’s Degree Programme
Arts and Humanities €11,400
Behavioural and social science €14,200
Economics and Business €14,200
Life sciences €14,200
Science and engineering €14,200
Spatial Sciences €14,200
Theology and religious studies €11,400
Non EU students who are holders of a residence permit for another EU country can pay the tuition of an EU student.
Being a student in Groningen University is a lot more than studying and passing examinations. it involves being part of a well-structured and stimulating environment where learning is regarded as fun, an environment of learning that offers a well-balanced and structured research programmes that will help students and encourage them to give all it takes in developing their potentials towards attaining a greater goal.
The university of Groningen learning and research is internationally recognized, students are welcomed from all over the world to mark a well-defined career path for themselves.