University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (UG) is a leading European research university with a global outlook, located in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for 400 years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the Top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The university offers balanced study and research paths that vary in intensity to encourage everyone to develop their individual talents. Studying at the University of Groningen is more than just attending lectures and passing exams, it’s being welcomed into an inspiring and stimulating atmosphere. Groningen, a beautiful historic city with a young international population, is very student-focused. Its rich student life makes that students can become members of numerous student associations.

(QS World University Rankings 2019)

Fast facts


  • Groningen, The Netherlands

Number of Students

  • 28,815


  • 11,875


  • Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Spatial Sciences
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • University College Groningen
  • Campus Fryslân

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Arts and Humanities*
  • Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health*
  • Life Sciences*
  • Business and Economics*
  • Law*
  • Education*
  • Psychology*


The University is among the top research universities in Europe. In 2016, professor Ben Feringa won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the fourth Nobel Prize associated with the University. The University carries out ground-breaking and socially relevant research and its research builds bridges between disciplines.

* THE World Rankings, 2019


in the world

for Classics & Ancient History - QS World Rankings, 2019


in the world

ARWU Shanghai Ranking 2019


in the world

for Psychology - THE World University Rankings 2019


This vibrant, youthful city is among the country's most progressive urban metropolises, with a 40,000-strong student population injecting bags of creative guts and zest into its buzzing cafe life, hedonistic nightlife and rampant cultural scene. Dozens of Dutch cities subsequently followed suit, but it is pioneering Groningen that remains one of the country's most brilliant cycling cities. (Lonely Planet, 2019)

Groningen, capital of the eponymous province in the northern part of Holland, is a lively city that has much to offer in terms of culture and events, beautiful historic monuments like the Martini Tower, great shopping districts for a wonderful shopping spree, and excellent restaurants. (

If you love peace, quiet and nature, the province of Groningen is a wonderful destination. Explore its beautiful coastline and the varied flora and fauna in the oldest cultural landscape in Holland: Middag-Humsterland National Landscape. Bird lovers will have much to see at Lauwersmeer National Park with its huge variety of birds. Don't hesitate to further explore the province of Groningen. (

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Did you know?

  • The University of Groningen has a rich history and an excellent reputation. Many very talented people in a variety of disciplines have studied or worked at the university during the 400 years of its existence, including four Nobel Prize winners, the first female University student in the Netherlands, the first female lecturer, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.


The University of Groningen has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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