From the school: Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in Europe, located in the north of the Netherlands. The University of Groningen offers over 25 undergraduate degree programmes in English and over 100 post-graduate programmes in English in virtually every field. The University of Groningen is in the top 100 of all the influential rankings worldwide. This research-driven university is located in the heart of Groningen, a true student city with an energetic and lively reputation. In the meantime, Groningen is known for maintaining a safe community character. With 1 in 4 of its inhabitants being students and over half of its population being under 35 years of age, Groningen is the youngest city in the Netherlands. Everything is completely catered to the student’s way of life. There is a large variety of student clubs, a rich international student community, sports, and culture, and a lot to explore. The University of Groningen offers undergraduate programmes in Sciences, Medicine, Economics & Business, Social Sciences and Humanities. Moreover, the University College Groningen offers a Liberal Arts and Sciences programme.
There are a number of associations and groups for students to join at the university and within the city. There are numerous groups and associations based around interests such as a capella, choir, ballroom dance, cabaret, theater, debate, literature, pop choir, political organizations, sports, LGBT, international students, and social justice. Study associations are connected to the student's department of study and offer social and academic options within the department. There are also student associations within the town, separate from the school. These clubs were described as similar to American fraternities (but they are mixed-gender) and have a social focus. At many schools, ESN is focused on exchange students. The university works closely with ESN to ensure that they provide opportunities for international degree students as well. Activities include cultural events like international dinners, social events like theme parties and pub quizzes, travel, sports, and workshops. The University of Groningen conducts an introduction week for international students that provides information about the city as well as the options for involvement at the school. Information is also provided on insurance and bike sales during that week. The evenings are full of parties introducing new students to social life. Groningen students can join the ACLO Sports Center for around 60 euros a year. In addition to extensive facilities, they offer 48 different sports clubs. There are a number of resources for students on campus including tutors, student advisors, counseling services, career services, and an international service help desk.
International students are housed for the first year. International students are housed together in singles or doubles in apartment-like settings (with a shared bathroom, common room, and kitchen) or studios. Housing ranges from 250–500 euros per month, with most around 360 euros. Students need to pay the first and last month's rent and a reservation fee of 275 euros up front.
I had a ton to report after my visit to Groningen. Be sure and check out the 10-part video series on YouTube called International Student Guide To Groningen (ISGTG). This school was chosen for a previous program of the month.