Groningen, University


400 years of passion and performance

After 395 years of excellence in teaching and research the University of Groningen is moving confidently towards the future. The University continues to strive to strengthen its international position, always with an eye to national and global developments and a clear awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. Outlining a strategic plan provides a perfect opportunity to thoroughly analyse our research and teaching achievements to date and to set a course for the coming years on the basis of a critical grasp of past strategic policy.

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as one of the oldest and leading research universities in Europe. We offer degree programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels in virtually every field, many of them completely taught in English. Located in the north of the Netherlands, Groningen is an ideal, safe student city with a flourishing student life.

The facts and figures presented here are derived from the annual report and give a brief impression of the University of Groningen.


  • 27,600 students (1 October, 2010)
  • 5,597 first year students (1 October, 2010)
  • 4,897 fte staff
  • 450 fte professors
  • 1,400 PhD students
  • 54 Bachelor's programmes, 116 Master's programmes
  • 83 English-taught Master's programmes, of which 15 Double Degree programmes and 8 prestigious Erasmus Mundus programmes 
  • 9 English-taught Bachelor's programmes
  • 16 Research Masters
  • 9 faculties, 9 Graduate Schools
  • turnover: 576 million

 University information

Groningen, University
P.O. Box 72
9700 AB Groningen


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