Besides its vibrant cultural scene, Groningen is nationally and internationally known for its high-quality educational institutions. It is home to the University of Groningen (UG), with over 36.000 students, and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Hanze UAS), which has about 30.000 students.

Educational system

The Dutch educational system works a little different than those in other countries, as it makes a distinction between universities of applied sciences (e.g. Hanze UAS) and research universities (e.g. UG). The difference is mostly in the nature of the programme; as the Hanze UAS will prepare you for a specific field of work and also trains practical skills, the UG’s curriculum revolves around critical thinking and transferable skills. In the sections below we will help you select the one best suited for fostering your talents.

Hanze UAS/UG

Hanze UAS or RUG, it’s all about finding the programme of your dreams. And there will undoubtedly be something perfect for you in Groningen, as the total number of degrees offered exceeds 150. The Hanze UAS currently offers 87 bachelor programs, ranging from Music to Accountancy. Hanze UAS also has 26 master programs. Minerva Art AcademyPrins Claus Convervatorium and Dance Academy Lucia Marthas are also part of Hanze UAS. The RUG is one of the oldest universities of the Netherlands (1614) and offers English-taught bachelor degrees in every faculty. The RUG has more than 120 MA programs, including 6 prestigious Erasmus Mundus degrees.

The universities will of course not only introduce you to their intellectual resources, but also to all that Groningen has to offer. You can start off your study in Groningen with the KEI-week, a week full of introductory activities to the city’s nightlife, cultural programs, sport facilities, and much more. Or you can join the ESN week, an introduction week especially for internationals in Groningen. Prepare to be awed!


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