The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart.
The University provides high quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines. We distinguish ourselves in the international market through a close link between education and research and by focusing on three key elements: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.
Not only are our education and research programmes socially relevant, but our researchers also collaborate with business partners, public institutions and the government. In addition, the University of Groningen stimulates current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues by providing convincing perspectives and fresh ideas, based on the latest scientific findings.
The University of Groningen wants to offer its students the best possible facilities to prepare and develop their careers.
Within the framework of NEXT, various workshops and activities are organized as well as special open office hours, to help students make important choices – study choices in particular – and prepare you for the job market.
Also, the University stimulates students to start their own enterprise.
If you have any questions about studying and being a student which are not directly related to your programme, come to the Student Service Centre (SSC). We can help you to look for answers and remove any obstacles that are blocking your study path.
In Groningen students live throughout the city and among the locals or ‘Stadjers’ as they call themselves. As such there is no campus or campus accommodation. To help international students to find proper housing, the University of Groningen has reserved accommodation with the SSH.
In the Netherlands the universities have no formal responsibility for student housing. Corporate and private parties provide rooms for students. Looking for a room can be a challenging experience. The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. This means that housing is scarce, rooms are small, and they can be more expensive than what you are used to at home.
The Library is located in the centre of town, opposite the Academy Building.
The Library holds about three million books and journals. You can also go there to work with digital material and to consult internet and electronic databases. Although the Library has 1600 places to study, it’s not just there for study purposes.
The Health, Safety & Environment Service (AMD) employs a variety of experts in the fields of work and organization, sick leave, staff welfare, occupational health and hygiene, ergonomics, the environment, occupational safety and radiation safety.
Each student has different ambitions, interests and knowledge. To cater for these differences as effectively as possible, the University of Groningen has a range of ways to help you give your studies more content and colour.
The University thinks it is important for students to develop their potential and to look beyond borders. This can be taken literally – for instance, you can study abroad – but you can also broaden your study programme itself.
You can also be active outside lectures, achieving at a high level and getting the best out of yourself, for example in sports, culture or on committees. After all, being a student is more than just attending lectures.
Sports are an important part of student life in Groningen, where, as a student, you have the good fortune to be able to play sports at the best and biggest student sports organization in the Netherlands: the ACLO.
Students of the University of Groningen or Hanze University Groningen are entitled to purchase an ACLO sports pass. For a small sum you can make unlimited use of the ACLO facilities for a whole year. Every year 18,000 students in Groningen buy one of these ACLO sports passes.
For graduate and undergraduate students alike the students’ association of the Faculty of Philosophy, STUFF organizes many activities to unite the members of our Faculty.
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