Founded in 1614, University of Groningen is considered to be one of the best three universities in The Netherlands. Due to its high international standard, the university is a member of the Coimbra Group of European universities which promote excellence in learning. Over time, the university managed to gain the people’s support and give them trust in the educational system – which financed in 1815 the construction of a new university building. The university shaped brilliant people, who had a successful career as RUG graduates. Nobel Prize winners, royalty, mayors, and secretaries of NATO are just some of the few successful people who attended the institution.Show more
The university of Groningen is a very international university with students and professors from all over the world. The main language spoken is thus English which makes it for every student easy to feel belonged.
The university has a very high level of education which makes it easy to apply for future jobs since it is widely recognised!
For students there are plenty of possibilities next to studying. For a low price you can be a member of the sports club and participate in free sport courses. SInce English is widely spoken in Groningen it is quite easy to find a side job as a foreigner as well.
Lastly, the nightlife of Groningen is fantastic and perfect for every student to relax after a tough day of studies.View more
The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. It ranks amongst the top 100 best universities in the world every year.
Its facilities are modern, innovative and up with the latest educational trends. The quality of teaching is very high.
I really enjoy the informal relationship between students and professors. Unlike other countries, it is much easier to talk to your professors in an informal tone.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the quality of teaching and facilities. Additionally, the university and the city of Groningen are extremely student and international-friendly, and you can get around everywhere in English without many problems.
My course in Media Studies (which is supposed to be communication and journalism) is way too theoretical and it lacks application on practical issues! At the end of the three years, I will not be able to use any software and media that any employee may expect from me graduating from Media (such as camera, editing, video production, but also reporting, usage of word press or other blogs for writing etc). It is all very interesting but just if you want a very ACADEMIC bachelor, to go on doing a PhD maybe. It is completely useless to get a job in communication. Moreover, if you expect to go on exchange, pay attention that it is possible for just 6 months AND they will NOT provide you any information! You will have to spend hours and hours looking at any singular university, checking their program, courses etc, without any guidance!! The process in itself is so complicated that basically, it seems like they do not want you to go on exchange! I applied without even knowing if the courses I am interested in are available to me! Furthermore, prepare to pass your language course for the exchange already since the first year!!! The useless study advisor told me not to worry, that I was just in the first year, but in the second year, I was supposed to already have a C1 of french, german, or Spanish If I wanted to go to certain countries. Therefore I could not go because of a lack of time for preparing everything. Then, they said they will have told us the exchange destination on 27 March but they failed to do so. Do not go to Groningen! Such a University ranked so highly should behave very differently!!View more
I really do not understand how this Univesity is so highly ranked! The professors here do not care about you at all! They just give an enormous amount of reading materials and expect you to learn it all by heart. Most of the time they are highly unhelpful and just serve to confuse you even further. The exams are literally just reproducing the reading materials and do not make you use your brain in any other way. Most of the professors grading the exams have an A2 level in English and do not understand half of the things that you have written. The student administration is slow and does not like to work much. As a whole nobody here really cares for your wellbeing, education or future. The city has a problem with accommodation, mainly due to the fact that most landlords do not want international students. The only international-friendly people here are other internationals, the Dutch student community avoids contact with internationals. Overall, the level of education is less than average with some courses providing no actual improvement of the knowledge you already have. The University has a policy to fail first-year-students on as many exams as they can on purpose, just so they can drop out by a specific period where the University retains the money that they have been given. What you end up paying for is literally clinical depression. I advise people to stay away from this place!View more
I would definitely recommend the University of Groningen as it provides valuable education and each graduate student is prepared for real life. The Economic Faculty has great facilities, rich and specious libraries, an amazing buffet and last but not least the professors are always ready to support and explain additionally their students. Awesome place to become a young specialist!View more
I would not recommend someone coming to the University of Groningen for the course of supply chain management. The reason for this is the lack of practical application of knowledge and tools and focus on theoretical concepts. Additionally it is difficult to complete the master in a year, while maintaining good grades and it’s hard to maintain a life outside the university together with the course requirements. The master thesis requirements are extreme in relation to other universities in the Netherlands and abroad for no apparent reason. All in all, if you don’t want to follow an academic career I would not recommend it.View more
The university is AVERAGE to say the least:
– Many professors (especially locals) are unable to read and understand sentences that have more than 10 words (I swear guys, no way you can use complements in your writing!);
– Tests are a joke: no one cares whether you actually understood anything of what you supposedly studied, the only thing they care about is whether you learned by heart their little definition so that you can answer the little closed-questions test.
– EXCEPTIONALISM NOT WELCOME: The only thing they care about, is averageness. Don’t even try to do something a bit more original, nor to add something that you learned in another course, nor mentioning anything else but the damn catch-phrase the professor taught you. If your goal in life is to become an average person, doing average things and having average thoughts, then the RuG is really the place for you. If, however, you’d like to have an experience that is a bit more challenging from an intellectual standpoint, then you might want to consider other destinations. Oh, and if you are thinking “well, the RuG is in the top100 ranking” you might want to do a little extra research and figure out who decides who gets in the “top100” and how the points are calculated. Little hint: forget about rankings, they are just a pile of crap.
– Another amazing trick they found to steal money to former students (YES, EVEN AFTER BEING DONE WITH YOUR PROGRAM!) is the deregistration process: so imagine you finish your program, you do the little ceremony (about which, the actual diploma looks like it was designed by a kid using WordArt on Windows98..) and then you think you are done for good. Wrong. After 6 months, they will still be chasing you because they want your money, reminding you that you signed a (fraudolent) contract based on which if you graduate in January you still have to pay until August. I know you might not believe this, but it is actually true (happened to me and many other fellow students I know, with annexed threats). This happens because even after you graduated (and THEY gave you the diploma), it is YOU who have to tell them “hey, I’m done now!” otherwise it won’t count and they’ll pretend they “didn’t know”. Just remember this in case you decide to go there, otherwise you’ll end up like me paying almost 2000€ extra AFTER being done with my program.
To conclude, the city is nice and cozy for students, especially for internationals since they can find a lot of fellow international students to socialize with (dutch people are a bit cold, to use a euphemism..so you’ll probably end up with anyone but dutch people – but hey, feel free to waste your time trying to talk with some soul-less flesh with the empathic capacity of a rock if you wanna have a true dutch experience first-hand!).
Seriously dude, think about it.View more
I cannot talk for all the faculties as I am not sure how it goes there. This is for medical faculty mainly. If you want to do some extra lectures or courses half of them are only held in Dutch. Many committees and events only accept Dutch students. It feels like you are excluded because you are not Dutch. This is for extra stuff only though. The rest is alright.View more
The university has a nice atmosphere. You can easily ask something to a professor; it can sometimes be quite informal and not necessarily hierarchical. The quality of the education is good; good lectures and tutorials, but the English of teachers could sometimes be improved. Furthermore, Groningen is a very nice city to live and has a lot of international students! However, the housing situation in Groningen is not the best as at the beginning of September a lot of internationals have difficulties finding a room.View more
It’s great because I don’t have too many contact hours so I can manage my time well. I also like the fact that we take an exam after each unit (every 3 to 4 weeks) so the material does not accumulate until the end of the year. More so, if you want to study more besides your main bachelors you can apply for the Honors College. There are also some things that aren’t so great like the fact that not all lectures are useful (some are kinda bad), the schedule is not fixed (so it’s hard to develop a routine around it) and the fact that we have to study very late at night (every monday and wednesday from 6 to 8 pm). Overall though the university (beyond just my faculty) is great. They offer very good deals for students such as cheap gym membership at the ACLO (huge sportscaster) and free Dutch language classes. I strongly recommend the University of Groningen for those who want to study not only Medicine but also other programs.View more