University of Groningen
The institution was founded as a college in 1614 in an initiative taken by the Regional Assembly of the city of Groningen and the Ommelanden, or the surrounding region. There were four faculties – Theology, Law, Medicine, and Philosophy.
The coat of arms of the university was confirmed by The Estates of the City and County of Groningen in 1615. It consists of the provincial arms, charged with an open book inscribed with the abbreviated words VER/BVM/DNI LV/CER/NA, short for Verbum Domini Lucerna Pedibus Nostris. The shield is surmounted by a golden crown of five leaves and four pearls.
The first 75 years of its existence were very fruitful for the University with about 100 students enrolling every year. Almost half of the students and lecturers came from outside the Netherlands – the first rector magnificus, Ubbo Emmaus, came from East Frisia in modern-day Germany, for instance – but at the same time, there was already a close relationship between the University and the city and the surrounding region.
Why choose Groningen?
We're a Top 100 University
Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen.
From art history to the art of international business, the University of Groningen is the place to be. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you, And, if you’re an exceptionally motivated and talented student, you could be eligible to join our Honours College and get even more from your time in Groningen.
Our groundbreaking research
As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society. With research focused on Energy, Healthy Ageing and a Sustainable Society, recent topics have included finding ‘greener’ plastics, ways to exercise more consciously and the effects of climate change on birds.
400 years of reputation
The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.
While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. The Groninger Museum with its world-renowned contemporary art exhibitions and the 133-year old Stadsschouwburg, one of the oldest and best-looking city theatres in the Netherlands, are must-visits, too.
Dutch Daily Life
With achingly beautiful architecture, cosy day markets, charming shopping streets and hotspots galore, the quality of life in Groningen is hard to beat. Get your fresh produce, meat and cheese at the "Vismarkt" market in the middle of town or indulge in lunch with fellow students in the Kijk in 't Jatstraat next to our Harmony Building. Shop till you drop in the Zwanestraat – recently voted the best shopping street in the Netherlands – or meet your friends at one of Groningen's many pubs.
Ranking / Awards
University of Groningen Rankings
- #92 in Best Global Universities (tie)
- #32 in Best Global Universities in Europe (tie)
- #7 in Best Global Universities in the Netherlands
- Type of Accommodation: On Campus
- 9712 CP Groningen, Netherlands
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