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. The University of Groningen comprises the following eleven faculties: Theology and Religious Studies, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Engineering, Arts, Economics and Business, Behavioural and Social Sciences, Philosophy, Spatial Sciences, University College Groningen and Campus Fryslân. All these faculties offer full university degree courses.

Connected to NOHA is a research hub on humanitarianism and crisis  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, crisis management policies 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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Useful info

  • Studying in Groningen

    Groningen, a city of about 200,000 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

    First semester: 01.09.2019-13.01.2020

    Second semester: 3.02.2019-21.06.2020

  • 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 €350 up to €700 per month. These rents are all inclusive (room, heating, electricity, furniture, often internet, et cetera).
    More information is available on the following website
  • 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.

    For more information on the available Language courses please visit the website of the Language centre
  • Other

    • 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 59,95.
    • 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 (SSCat modest rates . Some of the courses offered are:
        • Study skills (for example effective studying, academic writing skills, presenting, speedreading, studying with dyslexia)
        • Dealing with stress (for example dealing with writing anxiety, successfull exam techniques, work-life balance, mindfullness)
        • Self-discipline (for example stop procrastination, study- and thesis support groups)
        • Personal development (for example living to the full, assertiveness, fear of failure, socializing, bullet journaling)
        • Study choice (for example study choice workshops for bachelor- and master students)


  • Sander Ootjers NOHA Coordinator & NOHA Brightspace Administrator
  • Dr Kirstin Scholten Assistant Professor Supply Chain Management
  • Dr. Antenor Hallo de Wolf NOHA lecturer
  • Dr Saliha Metinsoy Faculty
  • Dr. Seiki Tanaka Assistant Professor
  • Guilaume Xavier Faculty
  • Dr Donya Ahmadi Assistant Professor
  • Dr. (R.W.K.) Werner Distler Assistant Professor, Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action, International Relations and International Organization (IRIO)


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / RUG

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

+31 50 363 5550

Last updated: 15 October 2019

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