Why Groningen?

Pathways to two exciting universities

The Holland International Study Centre Groningen is based on-campus alongside the two universities you can progress to after your foundation year. One is a top research university, the other a university of applied sciences. Whichever you choose, you will be part of a student-friendly city and can enjoy studying in Groningen for your foundation, undergraduate degree and beyond.

Two excellent universities

Following successful completion of your programme at the Holland International Study Centre Groningen, you can progress to the University of Groningen or Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS). The one that is right for you will depend on your learning style, degree choice and career goals. Find out more about the Dutch education system and the difference between research universities and universities of applied sciences in Holland. 

University of Groningen

University of Groningen is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a strong reputation for research and a rich educational history of 400 years. 

  • Groundbreaking research
  • Influential alumni, including the first Dutch astronaut and a Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry
  • Ranked 80th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017
Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS) offers a theoretical, practical and career-focused education to prepare you for today’s global employment market.

  • Practical assignments and work placements support your learning
  • Largest university of applied sciences in the northern part of Holland
  • Global top 25 for applied research and spin-offs U-Multirank 2016

Find out more on our Partner universities page.

Growing talent 

Groningen, City of Talent, is a national campaign to promote learning and entrepreneurship in the city. The University of Groningen, the municipality of Groningen, the UMCG (University Medical Center Groningen) and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen are working together to strengthen knowledge and economic growth in the city, focusing on energy and healthy ageing. 

University preparation in Groningen

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Students during a class at Holland International Study Centre

Find out more about programmes taught at the Holland International Study Centre Groningen.

Tatiana from Venezuela

Holland International Study Centre student Tatiana

I chose Groningen for a good education, it was affordable and it was in English. I don’t think the universities in Holland are very expensive.


Tatiana from Venezuela studied International Foundation Year - Science and Engineering
Now studying Physics at University of Groningen