University of Groningen





The University of Groningen has a long academic tradition extending back to 1614, which makes Groningen the oldest University in the Netherlands after Leiden. The University of Groningen (RUG: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) provides high-quality teaching and research, is internationally oriented, respects differences in ambition and talent, works actively with businesses, the government and the public, and is one of the top research universities in Europe .

English is the language of instruction for over 70 degree programmes. In addition, there is a wide variety of courses in English available for exchange students and a number of short certificate courses.The university has nearly 19,000 undergraduate students, including 1610 undergraduate students. Like many Dutch Universities, it doesn't have a traditional campus and its facilities are spotted around the city.

Courses offered through English


Groningen is a student city which can be both positive and negative: it means there is a wide range of student accommodation but it also means there is a lot of competition for the best value rooms and flats. Through the work of the Housing Office, the University makes sure that each international student is able to rent a furnished room for a maximum of one year. It is important that you register as soon as possible As soon as you are accepted at the University, you should look at the website of the Housing Office and view various accommodation options and their related costs, as well as reviewing the procedures for applying. Starting prices are around € 260 per month, but most rooms will be in the range of 450-500 euro per month, with lower rents achievable in later years.


"The quality of teaching is also very high. The teachers don’t let you get away with a poor effort, which is good because in the real world you have to be serious about your work as well. The teachers encourage the students to think for themselves and critically discuss the class material. They use a lot of examples and there is a strong focus on innovative ideas. The relationship with teachers is quite informal. You will never feel like they look down on students; they are very approachable and willing to help. They can be rather blunt when they give critique in class, which at first is a bit intimidating. But you get used to it and it gives you the opportunity to learn to respond to criticism and justify what you were trying to say"

Tess Horsley