University of Groningen

Introduction

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen is one of the oldest and with approximately 29.000 students also largest universities in the Netherlands. The university enjoys an international reputation as a leading European research university. About 13% of all students is from abroad, on a PhD level, this percentage is nearly 50%. Groningen can be found in the top-100 of the major world university rankings (QS, THES and Shanghai). More than 80 bachelor's and master’s programmes are English-taught and all of our PhD research can be performed in English.

Faculties

Teaching and research is integrated in the university's nine faculties: Arts, Behavioural & Social Sciences, Economics & Business, Law, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Spatial Sciences and Theology & Religious Studies.

International

Groningen has been a coordinator of Erasmus Mundus projects since 2008: Mexico (2008), Mexico & Central America (2009), Argentina (Europlata, 2011) and South Africa (EU-SATURN, 2012). EURICA is the fifth Erasmus Mundus project the University of Groningen coordinates.

Association for Latin American Students

The Erasmus Mundus projects in Groningen have greatly contributed to the establishment of an Association for Latin American Students (ALAS) in Groningen. Its members are happy to answer any questions or doubts you may have about studying and living in Groningen. Feel free to join them via Facebook.

Mobility Types

Undergraduate exchange

Most of the English-language programmes are open to international exchange students. In order to read more about the courses that are open to exchange students, please check our website. Among the requirements is in any case is proficiency in English: TOEFL 92 (IBT) or IELTS 6.5.

Master degree studies

Groningen offers over 80 master degree programmes that are completely taught in English. Master degrees in the Netherlands take either one or two years. Each of our nine faculties at least offers one 2-year Research Master (RM) that prepares you for a career in academics and continue with a PhD degree. For more information on all English-language master programmes, please consult our website.

If you apply in order to be admitted as a degree student, in any case you will need:

  • proficiency in English (generally TOEFL 92 (IBT) or IELTS 6.5)
  • an undergraduate degree (licenciatura) in an academic field that is related to the master’s programme you apply to.

You will find more information on our website.

PhD studies
Groningen welcomes applications from talented prospective PhD students. A doctorate in the Netherlands takes approximately four years. The language of research is English: an approximate of 50% of PhD students at Groningen is international. A PhD mainly focuses on carrying a research project, only one semester (30 ECTS) of coursework is usually part of a doctorate. In most cases, a master’s degree is required for students to be admitted to a PhD programme, although there may be exceptions to this rule depending on the research experience of the applicant. Consequently, most PhD students in the Netherlands work on an individual project in close collaboration with their supervisor(s), at least one of these being a full professor.

In relation with Erasmus Mundus it is therefore essential that any prospective PhD student has been pre-accepted by a supervisor at the University. A letter of pre-acceptance should be enclosed with your application.

In order to find a supervisor you may (a) browse our website and contact the staff member yourself; (b) contact the Graduate School of the Faculty involved; or (c) contact the University of Groningen Coordinator for Latin America. Please always enclose your English-language CV and a brief description of your research topic in your communications.

Post-doctoral research and Staff
The University is eager to expand its international research network, and equally welcomes applications from talented post-doctoral researchers as well as staff.

In relation with Erasmus Mundus it is therefore essential that any prospective post-doctoral researcher/staff visitor has been invited by a supervisor/host at the University. A letter of pre-acceptance should be enclosed with your application.

In order to find a supervisor/hosting department you may (a) browse our website and contact the staff member yourself; (b) contact the Graduate School of the Faculty involved; or (c) contact the University of Groningen Coordinator for Latin America. Please always enclose your English-language CV and a brief description of your research topic in your communications.