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    University of Groningen 2021-2022 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Arpita Das

    Study Abroad Expert | Updated on - May 26, 2021

    Admissions at University of Groningen are invited once a year for most programs and twice in case of some PG programs. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programs to international applicants. For academic session 2021, the University of Groningen is offering 250+ UG and PG courses, of which around 200 courses taught partially or totally in English language. Some of the popular subject areas amongst the international students include Engineering, Business, Biology, and Arts.

    Applicants planning to apply for admissions at University of Groningen must score well in standardised test scores like GMAT and IELTS. The minimum score requirement established by the university, for both tests, is 600 and 6.0 respectively. Applicants with competitive test scores are given preference, especially in case of PG admissions.


    Application Studentlink, OAS
    College type Public
    Application Fee 75 EURO
    International Students 32%
    Entrance test - Masters GMAT/GRE
    Interview Required for professional courses
    English proficiency test TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge
    Financial Aid Available
    Admission Helpline +31 50 363 8004
    International Admission Website

    University of Groningen Application Deadlines

    The application deadlines for admission at University of Groningen are closed for the 2021 session. However, for the next session enrollment you can find the deadlines below:

    Subjects Deadlines
    Faculty of Arts January 15 for International Relations Programs;
    May 1 for other Arts Courses 15Th January for International relations and 1St May for all other Art programs.
    Faculty of Behavioural and Social Science January 15 for Psychology;
    May 1 for other courses 15th January for Psychology and 1st May for all other Programs.
    Faculty of Economics and Business January 15 for International Business;
    May 1 for other courses
    Faculty of Science and Engineering January 15 for Artificial Intelligent and Computer Science;
    May 1 for all other Programs.
    Faculty of Medical Science January 15
    Faculty of Law May 1
    Faculty of Philosophy May 1
    Faculty of Spatial Sciences May 1
    Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies May 1

    University of Groningen International Admissions

    International students need to go through three steps to take admission at the University of Groningen- Registration, Application, Admission.

    Admission process at the University of Groningen is more complicated and lengthy for international applicants than Dutch students. Applicants need to register in studielink and finish application on the online application system of the university. The university sends a confirmation e-mail at the start of application. Documents must be uploaded in a pdf format. Documents can be sent through mail also.

    • A pre-university diploma, including transcript of studies.
    • The transcript of studies should reflect a GPA (Grade Point Average) equivalent to 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).
    • Proof of English proficiency for international students. (IELTS average 6.0)
    • Letter of motivation.
    • Curriculum vitae.
    • Resume/CV.
    • Academic reference.
    • GMAT/ GRE (for PG courses)

    English Language Test Requirement

    English language test is vital along with the application and document submission. The test score should not be older than 2 years. The minimum score are tabulated below:

    Test Minimum Score for UG Minimum Score for PG
    IELTS Overall: 6.5 (Reading, Speaking, Writing) Overall: 6.5 (Reading, Speaking, Writing)
    TOEFL-iBT Overall:90 Reading & Speaking:21 Writing:24 Overall:90 Reading & Speaking:21 Writing:24
    Cambridge CAE & CAE 180. 180.

    Visa Process for International Students

    Non-EU students need a visa and residence permit and visa to study in the Netherlands. The Immigration Service Desk (ISD) takes care of the visa and residence permit applications of all university students and staff.

    Following documents must be provided by the overseas students for applying visa

    • Passport.
    • Antecedents certificate.
    • Sufficient income/financial requirements.
    • Completed visa application form
    • Two photographs
    • Birth certificate
    • Academic transcripts
    • Official letter from the academic institution in the Netherlands
    • Travel and health insurance.
    • Photocopies of all the original documents
    • Tuberculosis test
    • Biometric information

    In order to obtain a visa permit, the Immigration and Naturalization Service will check if you have sufficient financial resources to support yourself during your stay in the Netherlands. About 950 EUR per month is sufficient by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

    University of Groningen Undergraduate Admissions

    The University of Groningen offers 45 UG programs of which around 35 bachelor's degree courses are taught in the English language. Top UG courses offered by the university are Mathematics, International Business, Artificial Intelligence, and Economic & Business Economics.

    • Application Portal: OAS
    • Application Fee: 75 EURO
    • Documents Required:
      • Proof of English Language Proficiency
      • Academic transcripts
      • Travel and health insurance
      • Photocopies of all Original documents
      • Personal statement

    University of Groningen admissions for Graduate degree

    University of Groningen offers 125 master’s program.The application deadlines, as well as program start dates, vary from program to program. International applicants need to provide official transcripts from an accredited university along with supporting documents as specified in their program requirements.

    Application form: Studielink, Master’s Application
    Application Fee: 75 EUR
    Admission Requirements:

    • Motivation letter (no more than 650 words).
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • GMAT or GRE test results (for students who obtained their diploma in a non EU/EEA country).
    • Two letters of recommendation.

    Requirement for Popular PG Courses

    Application deadlines and general requirements for some popular courses at the University of Groningen are tabulated below:

    Program Name Academic Qualifications Deadline
    Master in Computer Science Bachelor/Diploma degree in computer related fields May 1 October 15
    Master in Mechanical Engineering Bachelor degree in, mechanical Engineering, Electrical engineering, Mechatronics, or similar May 1
    MSc in Economics Bachelor degree in Economics, Business economics, Econometrics, Operation research or similar May 1 October 15
    MSc in Business Administration Bachelor degree in Economics, Business economics, Econometrics, International business, Technology and management, Operation research or similar May 1 October 15
    Master in Astronomy A bachelor degree in Astronomy, Physics or applied physics May 1 October 15

    University of Groningen consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the world and has one of the largest international student communities in the Netherlands.

    The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.


    Ques. How much time does the university take to process an application?

    Ans. University of Groningen takes 6 weeks or more depending upon the Faculty.

    Ques. What is the last date of application for international students?

    Ans.The last date of application for undergraduate students is June 1 and for Graduate applicants it is May 1 and October 15.

    Ques. What entrance test is required for admission at University of Groningen?

    Ans. Entrance tests are not required for Undergraduate applicants but for some programs at postgraduate level, a good score in GMAT/GRE is required.

    Ques. How can I track my application for University of Groningen?

    Ans. When an application is submitted successfully, the university sends a confirmation email. The application can be tracked using the application portal itself.

    Ques. How can I apply for a visa to study in the Netherlands?

    Ans. The university of Groningen itself applies for a visa on behalf of the students. All you need to do is provide all the documents and fees the university asks for.

    Ques. What are English language tests accepted by the University of Groningen?

    Ans. The university of Groningen accepts IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge certificates and courses.

    Ques. Is English language proficiency compulsory for international students at University of Groningen?

    Ans. All international students who come from non-English speaking countries require language tests.

    Ques. What is the final deadline to accept the offer from University of Groningen?

    Ans. You have to accept your offer within 2 weeks after receiving it. In order to accept your offer, please sign your confirmation of participation statement and send it to:

    Ques. How long will it take to process my application?

    Ans. You will receive a confirmation email as soon you have uploaded your documents and submitted your application form. Please check your email, as it could have gone to your junk mail. It will take approximately 10 working days for the Immigration Service Desk (ISD) to submit your application to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

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