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Education Abroad Office

University of Groningen

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Groningen
Country: Netherlands
Term: Spring, Academic Year
Website: University of Groningen Exchange Program

Situated in the northern part of the country, Groningen (pop. 180,000) is approximately a 2 ½ hour train ride from Amsterdam. As the economic and cultural capital of the region, the city enjoys a bustling reputation while retaining a safe community character. The University enjoys an international reputation as a leading research university but also offers various opportunities for indoor and outdoor extracurricular activities where students can meet and socialize.  All courses that are open to exchange students are taught in English. Students attend classes with Dutch and international students. Currently, the University of Groningen has 2,200 international students from over 95 countries.

The academic program is very rigorous, designed for students who enjoy a challenging and independent academic environment that requires significant self-motivation. 

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, undergraduate standing

Students can expect to pay €500-900 per month for housing and meals. Extra expenses include travel, phone, supplies, etc. Estimated expenses can be found here. Students will also need to show evidence of €800/month for their time at Groningen. Participants on this program will pay in-state tuition and fees to UofSC.  

Students attending the University of Groningen on exchange may choose from a variety of courses in the humanities, business and social sciences.

Students typically earn 15 credit hours per semester. The University is ranked in the top 3 of European Research Universities in the fields of Ecology, Material Sciences, Chemistry and Astronomy. Other strong research groups are in Nanoscience, Molecular Biology, Medical Sciences, Neurosciences, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology, Archeology and Arts. A full list of courses can be found here. Please note that courses at Groningen are typically more self-taught and self-driven than those in the U.S.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

This program does not offer organized excursions. Students have the opportunity for individual travel. Additionally, there are plenty of ways to get involved on campus or in the city. 

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. Additionally, exchange students at Groningen will have to purchase national medical insurance upon arrival. 

Students will have to secure their own accommodation in town. Assistance is provided through the Housing Office. The Housing Office offers furnished rooms in International Student Houses and Dutch Student Houses. Housing costs vary based on what type of accommodation is chosen.

Students can study at Groningen for the spring semester or the academic year. Spring semester begins in early February and goes through early July. Students studying for the full Academic Year will arrive in late August and return in early July. 

Students will attend an orientation session prior to the start of classes in Groningen. They will learn important information about the campus and local area at this orientation.


Exchange students who are US citizens do not need a visa to enter the country. All students who stay longer than 90 days need to apply for a residence permit. A residence permit is a document that states your identity, your nationality, and your right to reside in the Netherlands. The University of Groningen will help you apply for this permit which costs 600 Euro. 

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