University of Groningen

A top research university in Holland 

This top 100 research university was founded more than 400 years ago in 1614. One of the best universities in the world, the University of Groningen (UG) ranks 80th in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2016-17.


Degree programmes are internationally recognised. You can take part in ground-breaking research, and you’ll learn to become more independent and socially responsible. As a UG student, you’ll be following in the footsteps of influential alumni like the first Dutch astronaut, Holland’s first female student, and the first president of the European Central Bank.

You can progress to the University of Groningen when you successfully complete the International Foundation Year in Business and Management at Holland International Study Centre Groningen. To find out more, see Progression Degrees.

Location and campus life

The University of Groningen is located in the Netherland’s economic and cultural capital of the north. Ideal for international students, living costs in Groningen are lower than in other cities, and one in four residents are students.

A great place to explore by bike, the city has lots of cycle paths, pretty canals and a car-free centre. During your free time there is plenty to see and do, from historic buildings in the Old Town, to cutting-edge art galleries like the Groningen Museum. Due to the city’s large student population, nightlife and entertainment are excellent.

The University’s main campus building sits near to the city centre. The outstanding facilities include a large library and lots of learning spaces. The welcoming student body includes 4,000 international students from 120 nationalities.

Student accommodation is located next to Groningen train station. Here, you’ll have access to sports facilities, a laundry room and bike sheds.

Why choose the University of Groningen?

Be part of ground-breaking research


Outstanding facilities


Affordable tuition fees

Holland ISC student Kamran

Groningen is one of the best cities for students. It’s a great place to balance your study life and personal life and it gives you so many opportunities to socialise and to make new friends from all over the world.

Kamran from Azerbaijan
Progressed to BSc Physics, University of Groningen