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University of Groningen


Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It is also the second oldest and third largest university in the Netherlands. Groningen is one of the earliest university cities in the Netherlands after Leiden, with about 30,000 students people. Its top academic research is well-known internationally. The University of Groningen’s network of contacts is spread all over the world, and the modern, student-oriented excellent teaching method has made the University of Groningen famous internationally. The University of Groningen offers bachelor, master, and doctoral programs in various fields, many of which are taught in English. There are currently international students from more than 100 countries. The sister schools that cooperate with Groningen are also all over the world, including National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, National Sun Yat-sen University, Yuanzhi University, Fu Jen Catholic University and Soochow University.


The University of Groningen has an excellent reputation in the academic world. It is one of the top 100 comprehensive universities in the world. It is ranked 74th in the world in the Times World University Rankings and 75th in the World University Academic Rankings (ARWU). Ranked 90th in the world in the QS World University Rankings and 35th in Europe. Such an impressive world ranking is enough to witness his faculty strength and foresee the good development prospects of students.


The University of Groningen is a member of the European COIMBRA Group, organized by the cooperation of 38 universities with the longest history in Europe. Its members include the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. The University of Groningen is a member of the Excellence Group of the best universities in Europe. The group has 56 members and ranks among the top 1 among 4,500 European higher education institutions.


In addition, the Zernike Institute of the University of Groningen ranks among the top 10 in the rankings of the Institute of Materials Science of the Times World University, sharing superior scientific research resources with Harvard University and MIT. The University of Groningen ranks among the top three European research universities in ecology, materials science, chemistry and astronomy. Other outstanding research teams include: nanoscience, physics, molecular biology, microbiology, medicine, neuroscience, sociology, philosophy, theology, archaeology and art. More than 5,000 research results are published every year, and an average of 260 doctoral students are awarded doctorates.


The Physics Department of the University of Groningen has always maintained a high level of teaching and research, and has many Nobel Prize winners. Research focuses on: materials science, nuclear physics, isotopes, biology and theoretical physics. The teaching staff is strong, the teaching equipment is advanced, and the teaching and scientific research are closely linked. The Institute of Physics and Nuclear Accelerator Institute has gathered more than 50 outstanding scientists and about 50 doctoral students and post-doctoral students. There are more than 300 students studying physics or applied physics.


Among the scholars of the University of Groningen are Professor Bernard Feringa Bernard Feringa, the Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry; Frederik Zernike, the Nobel Prize winner in Physics; Johann Bernoulli, the pioneer of calculus; and Jacobus Kapteyn, the discoverer of evidence for the rotation of the Milky Way. The students included Aletta Jacobs, the first female university student in the Netherlands, Wubbo Ockels, the first astronaut in the Netherlands, and Wim Duisenberg, the first president of the European Central Bank.



The city of Groningen, where the school is located, is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands. It is the economic, trade, and cultural and educational center of the north of the Netherlands. It has a long history and a developed economy. It is an ideal and safe city for students. For a long time, the city of Groningen has been the center of science, culture, trade and industry in the north of the Netherlands. Its history can be traced back to nearly 1,000 years ago, and the building has strong Dutch characteristics. The scenery here is beautiful, the climate is pleasant, and the transportation is convenient. People are young and energetic, and nearly half of the population is under 35 years old. Students here will be able to enjoy a colorful student life and different social and cultural activities. Groningen is also the friendliest city in the Netherlands selected by international students. In addition, the school also provides students with good sports and entertainment facilities, including multiple sports centers, banks, bars, shops, restaurants, etc.


Campus facilities

The school has first-class teaching and research equipment and nearly a million books in collections. Its computer equipment and interactive multimedia teaching system are at the leading level among Dutch universities. Another feature of the school is its advanced e-learning environment. The school provides students with convenient computer learning facilities. Students can search for reference materials, homework assignments assigned by teachers, feedback from teachers, register for courses and exams, and participate in group discussions on the computer network.


School teachers

The University of Groningen has an enlightening and high-quality style of study. The teaching method is conducted in groups, encouraging students to absorb knowledge, and providing enough space for students to discuss and spark different sparks to inspire new thinking. The unique teaching and research of the University of Groningen has always been the core focus of the university, and this feature is also shown in the teaching of the institute.


Internationalization is one of the important factors for the success of the University of Groningen in teaching. It has long cooperated with universities in other countries to carry out exchange projects and enjoys an international reputation. The University of Groningen has always regarded the mission of an open and international school to establish a wide range of cooperative relations with government agencies, industrial and commercial enterprises, and academic groups. It is a characteristic of the school and an important means to improve the academic level and reputation of the school. The school often invites famous domestic and foreign experts and scholars to teach at the school. Senior government officials from some government agencies and senior managers from the corporate world have also been hired as visiting professors.


The University of Groningen has 9 faculties, 9 graduate schools, 27 research centers and institutions, and more than 175 degree programs, including: art, behavior and social sciences, economics and business, law, mathematics and natural sciences, medicine, philosophy, Institute of Spatial Information, Theology and Religious Studies. In order to further promote the scientific research development of the school, the University of Groningen has also established full scholarships for international students in molecular science, evolutionary biology, nanoscience, and medical and pharmaceutical innovation. The school's computer equipment and multimedia teaching system are at the leading level among Dutch universities. In order to further promote the scientific research development of the school, the University of Groningen has also established full scholarships for international students in molecular science, evolutionary biology, nanoscience, and medicine and pharmaceutical innovation.


Cost is also one of the factors considered when studying abroad. The cost of the University of Groningen is much cheaper than that of the capital Amsterdam. The tuition fee for a bachelor's course is about 8300-10900 euros, and the tuition for a master's program is about 11500-14350 euros.


Groningen offers master's programs in many fields, and the length of the courses is about one to two years. The University of Groningen focuses on internationalization, and nearly 60 master's programs are taught in English. The courses are all high-quality teaching and research-based. In addition to the general master's program, the University of Groningen also offers a two-year research master's program, and graduates of the master's degree can continue to apply for the doctoral program.


Professional field introduction:


Mathematics and natural sciences

Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Astronomy, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science Energy and Environment, Industrial Engineering and Management Mathematics, Nanoscience, Physics


Life Science

Behavioral and cognitive nervous system science, biology, biomedical engineering, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, medical innovation, biomedicine, medicine and pharmacy, molecular biology and biology


Space science

Environment and infrastructure planning, population research, regional research



American Studies, Applied Linguistics, Art History and Archaeology, Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, English Studies, European Culture, Clinical Linguistics, International Humanitarianism, State Relations and International Institutions, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, Modern and Contemporary history


Economics and Management

Business Administration, Econometrics, Operations Research, Actuarial Science, Economics, Economics and Business, Technology Management, Human Resource Management, International Business and Management, International Economics and Business, International Financial Management



European Law, International and Comparative Private Law, International Economic and Commercial Law, International Law and International Organizational Law


Behavior and Sociology

Pedagogy, social human behavior, artificial intelligence, psychology, theology, philosophy


Well-known alumni:

John Bernoulli: Mathematician

Bart Bok: Astronomer

Wim Duisenberg: First President of the European Central Bank

William Frederick Hermans: writer

Johann Huizinha: Historian

Jacobs Captain: Astronomer

Heike Camerin Onnes: The Nobel Prize in Physics in 1913

Jan Oort: Astronomer

William De Sitter: Astronomer

Peter Jellers Trulstra: lawyer and politician

Paramanga Ernest Wynn: Prime Minister of Burkina Faso

Fritz Cernick: theoretical physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics in 1953

Paul Polman: CEO of Unilever

Job Cohen: Chairman of the Dutch Labour Party

Hans Wijers: Former Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands (1994-1998), current CEO of Akzo Nobel


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