Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / RUG

Founded in 1614

The University of Groningen was founded in 1614. Today, the university is a classical, general university offering more than fifty different fields of study. No other university in the Netherlands offers such an extensive a range of subjects. At present, the University of Groningen comprises the following ten faculties: Theology and Religious Studies, Law, Medical Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Arts, Economics and Business, Behavioural and Social Sciences, Philosophy and Spatial Sciences. All these faculties offer full university degree courses.

The NOHA programme at the University of Groningen is supported by the Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) which is an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary institute that spans the entire University of Groningen. GSG connects academic work of research groups and individual issues relating to globalisation, development and humanitarianism. Its aim is to stimulate, support and initiate research projects, educational programmes, North-South linkages and project applications in these related fields, thus contributing to the global profile of the university.

The institute has a NOHA Groningen research group with research projects within the University of Groningen that are related to the Network of Humanitarian Action. The projects share a focus on humanitarian issues, but differ in their disciplinary focus, research questions, and methodological approaches, thereby contributing to the multidisciplinary nature of NOHA Groningen. The projects are located at the various faculties and departments of the University but share an overall interest in matters of humanitarian action and organization.

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  • Studying in Groningen

    Groningen, a city of about 180,000 inhabitants, is the cultural, commercial and business capital of the province of the same name in the north of the Netherlands. The city was founded over 950 years ago. The surrounding countryside offers many sights within easy reach: woods and meadows to the south, the Frisian lakes to the west, the sea, the islands and dunes of the Wadden tidal flats, and the unique wetland to the north. The city is a centre of trade and commerce especially in relation to Germany and Scandinavia. It has two large hospitals of which the University Hospital is one of the largest in the Netherlands. Groningen has several (movie) theatres and museums; bookshops also catering to foreign languages, and art galleries. Its industry includes sugar, tobacco and coffee factories, and the printing of schoolbooks. However, Groningen is most of all a university city: the presence of staff and students can be felt in all aspects of city life. Besides the university there are dozens of other educational facilities, from an agricultural school to an art academy.
  • Academic calendar

    Fall/Winter semester: 12.09.2016-23.01.2017
    Christmas vacation: 21.12.2016-04.01.2017
    Spring/Summer semester: 01.02.2017-30.06.2017
  • Accommodation

    In Groningen, students live throughout the city and among the locals or ‘Stadjers’ as they call themselves. As such, there is no campus or campus accommodation.
    Accommodation varies from single rooms to double rooms and studios. Prices for accommodation are from €250 up to €600 per month. These rents are all inclusive (room, heating, electricity, furniture, often internet, et cetera).
    More information is available on the following websites:
  • Living costs

    Study costs – Textbooks, readers, photocopies: around € 650 per year
    Housing – Rent (incl. energy and other costs, for example ISP bills, excl. administration costs and security deposit of approximately 1 month rent): € 350 to € 500 per month
    Food and drinks – Meals, drinks, etc.: € 150 to € 250 per month
    Bikes – Price based on a decent secondhand bike: € 45 to € 110
    Travel expenses – For students who do not have a Dutch OV-travel card: € 50 per month on average
    Insurance – Health care, third-party, fire and theft insurance: € 100 to € 120 per month
    Language courses – Depending on if you enrol for such a course: On average between € 160 - € 310 per course
    Additional costs – Clothes, hairdresser, cinema: € 75 per month
  • Language courses

    The languages offered at the Language Centre are: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The Language Centre at the University of Groningen offers various possibilities for learning different languages:
    Group courses: A group course means that a maximum of 14 students learn a language together. Group courses focus mainly on speaking and understanding the language, while some of other courses also include some reading and writing. Grammar is only used to help the student learn to speak and understand the language. Student rate for the group courses is 160 euros for a 26 hours language course.
    Tailor-made group courses: The Language Centre also organizes tailor-made group courses for students. Students can request an offer for tailor made courses in Spanish, German or Dutch. Course period and teaching days and times are chosen by the student. The group course can start as soon as the offer is signed, with its starting date, days and times, and intensity tailored to the student’s needs.
    Individual language courses: Students can arrange an intake interview to discuss their language needs with a teacher. During the intake meeting goals, the overall structure of the course and practical matters such as days, times and frequency will be discussed. The frequency can vary from full days over one or several weeks to a smaller number of weekly hours over a longer period. The Language Center will draw up an offer on the basis of this information. If student accepts this offer, the teacher will contact him/her to make further arrangements. The intake interview and the offer are free of charge.
    Self-study: The Language Centre can help students teach themselves a language. With the help of audio and visual material and books, students can tailor their learning program based on their own needs. The student is the one who determines which material to use and when he/she uses it. Working with the teaching material is done in the University Library (UB). The self-study program is not supported by a teacher. There is material currently available for the following languages: Chinese, Dutch for non-native speakers, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. After registration the student will be able to use the teaching material, which is available for self-study, in the UB for six months. The total cost of the self-study cost is 25 euros.
    The Language Centre also provides communication courses on request. These are tailor-made courses. Examples include courses that teach students to hold meetings in Spanish, hold presentations in Dutch, take minutes in English or negotiate in German. Cultural aspects will of course receive ample attention in these courses.
  • Other

    • CIT courses
    The Donald Smits Center for Information Technology (CIT) offers computer courses to students of the University of Groningen. The CIT offers courses in all the major applications used at the University, and several are also given in English. The number of English courses is expanding continually, so that all major applications will soon be covered in English. At the moment the CIT offers the following courses in English: Publishing using Word; SPSS basic and advanced; Access; Excel; PowerPoint; Programming in Word, Access, Excel; C/C++; and Linux. The courses have a cost for the students between 35 euros up to 90 euros.
    • Sports
    Students enrolled at the University of Groningen can apply for an ACLO member card. ACLO is a students’ sports organization that offers the supply of sports. An ACLO-member can participate in over 80 different types of sports a whole year from September 1st until August 31st for only €52.
    • Study skills/counselling
    The University of Groningen also offers students courses that will help improve their academic skills and effective study time. Courses are offered by the Student Service Centre (SSC) at very low rates. Some of the courses offered are:
    Academic Writing Skills Course: In the Academic Writing Skills course students will learn how to write an understandable and clear paper. The course is intended for Dutch and international students who would like to learn how to write better essays and theses.
    Academic Writing Skills Workshop: This workshop will help students to overcome some of the problems they may encounter with writing assignments.
    Effective Studying: This workshop teaches how to cope effectively with studying large amounts of material.
    Managing Study Stress: This workshop will advise students on how to manage study stress.
    Multiple-Choice Questions: This workshop will give students tips and strategies on answering multiple-choice questions.
    Study planning and time management: In this workshop students will learn how to manage their time effectively.
    Study Support Group: The group is intended for students who would like to reflect on their study habits and share experiences with other international students. Every week students make a study plan and discuss this with their fellow students. SSC also offers psychological consultation to the students.
    Placement Office: The Placement Office informs students about placement possibilities and regulations, guides them in finding placements, organizes information meetings, mediates in placement vacancies and takes care of all formal organizational aspects.


  • Elena Herman Pletjugina NOHA Coordinator
  • Jarno Hoving Office Manager / Administrator Blackboard
  • Bastiaan Aardema Quality Enhancement & Curriculum Development
  • Dr Ronan McDermott Research Scientist
  • Bastiaan Aardema Quality Enhancement & Curriculum Development
  • Prof Dr Andrej J. Zwitter NOHA Lecturer
  • Dr Bartjan Pennink NOHA Lecturer
  • Dr Gerd Weitkamp Assistant Professor in Geography, Liveability and GIS
  • Dr Kirstin Scholten Assistant Professor Operations Management
  • Dr Liesbet Heyse Assistant professor in (Organization) Sociology
  • Dr Ronan McDermott Research Scientist
  • Prof Dr Theo Bouman Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Groningen
  • M.D. Jan Brommundt NOHA Lecturer
  • Dr. Antenor Hallo de Wolf NOHA lecturer


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / RUG

NOHA Office
Faculty of Arts - IOIB
Oude Kijk in't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

+31 50 363 2420/6050

Last updated: 14 July 2017

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