University Of Groningen, Netherlands
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University of Groningen is a highly reputable university,  popularly known for its extraordinary Academic prowess and performance, it is acclaimed for its academic teaching, research and learning.

The University was founded in the year 1614, it is one of the oldest and largest Universities in Netherlands and is situated in the city of Groningen, Netherlands.

University of Groningen is a recognized member of the notable international Coimbria Group of European Universities. The Coimbria group is an association of European Universities and was established in the year 1985 to ensure  high academic standard and excellence among universities in Europe. The group is made up of Universities that are involved in cross and multi disciplinary research institutions.

As at 2021 when this article was prepared, the University of Groningen has been in existence for 407 years.

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At the moment, University of Groningen boost of 10 faculties, 9 graduate schools, 27 research institutes and centers, it offers over 175 study programmes.

The Groningen University motto is “Verbum dominilucernapedibusnostris” which means “The word of the Lord is a light for our feet”.

The current President of Groningen University is Prof. Jouke de Vries and the Rector is Prof. Cisca Wijmenga.

The University of Groningen is considered to be one of the top three research Universities in Europe, it has taken pivotal roles in the fields of Ecology, Astronomy, Chemistry and Material sciences, physics, Molecular Biology, Nonoscience,  Medical Science, Neuroscience, Sociology, Phylosophy, theology, Archaeology, Arts and Microbiology.

At the moment, University of Groningen is home to more than over 34,000 students which include 3,750 students outside the shores of Netherlands (foreign students), it has 1,600 PhD students, out of which 50% are International students, the University has a total of 6,500 employees which consist of both academic and administrative staff.

University of Groningen is the most popular school in Netherland for research oriented programmes. The operating faculties in Groningen University includes the following;

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Spatial Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Art
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Philosophy.

The organization of Groningen university’s graduate school is 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.

These are the graduate schools available in the university:

  • Graduate School of Medical Science
  • Graduate School of Spatial Science
  • Graduate School of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Graduate School of Humanities
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences
  • Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Science
  • Graduate school of Science
  • Graduate school of Philosophy

University of Groningen over the years has produced lots of countless and notable alumni in almost all the areas and field of education and they include:

  • Job Cohen, a former Mayor of the city of Amsterdam
  • Willem de Sitter, an Astronomer
  • johanHuizigai, a great Historian
  • Peter Hofstee, currently the Chief Architect of the Synergic power element
  • Gerardus Heymans,  Pychologist and Philosopher
  • Evagelis Manias, Professor of Material Science and Engineering at Penn State University
  • Aletta Jacobs, who is the first woman in Netherlands to receive a MD
  • Dink Stikker, Secretary General of NATO

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According to the 2021 rankings, University of Groningen was ranked by Times Higher Education World as the best 79th 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 42nd  position in world rankings.


University of Groningen offers a wide range of many bachelor’s programmes to choose from, international students have a wide choice of  study programmes at their disposal.

The University has many degree programmes taught in English and several others that are taught in Dutch language.

In order for prospective students to be eligible for admission into Groningen university, certain criteria has to be satisfactorily met, these requirements are:

In order to qualify for admission into University of Groningen, your last education level must be equivalent to pre university education in Netherlands. Other international qualifications equivalent to VWO includes the following:

  • America High School Diploma
  • The British Examination Board
  • European baccalaureate
  • GCE A2- Levels
  • CAPE, in Caribbean territory
  • International baccalaureate

If your qualification isn’t listed above you can still apply, as application will be based on individual, prospective students should also note that additional requirements may be demanded.

Any intending student of University of Groningen should have a proficiency in one of the two teaching languages (English orDutch), students are therefore advised to go through the language requirements per faculty to know the teaching language of their course of study.

For programs taught in English language, students must present a proof showing that they passed an English proficiency test, the test can be waived for you if ;

  1. 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.
  2. You have completed a higher education in one of the above listed countries
  3. You have at least 3 GCE A2- Level Certificates
  4. 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.

Tuition Fees

Master’s  and Bachelor’s degree programmes tuition fee are charged depending on the programme of your choice, please take note that different fees apply to 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

Medicine – €32,000

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

Law – €13,900

Life sciences – €14,200

Philosophy – €11,400

Science and engineering – €14,200

Spatial Sciences – €14,200

Theology and religious studies – €11,400

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If you are a non EU student and hold a residence permit for another EU country, you can pay the tuition of an EU student.

Being a student in Groningen University is just more than studying and passing your examinations. It involves being part of a stimulating and well-structured environment where learning is seen as fun, an environment of learning that offers a well-balanced and structured research study programmes which helps students and encourage them to give their all, in developing their potentials towards attaining a greater goal.

The university of Groningen research and learning is globally recognized, students all over the world are welcomed to mark a well-defined career path that will change their lives tomorrow.

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