University of Groningen

University of Groningen

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The University of Groningen (popularly abbreviated as RUG from its name in Dutch) is a famous public research university in the town of Groningen Netherlands. Founded in 1614, RUG is one of the oldest (celebrated its 400th anniversary recently) and one of the best universities in Netherlands. Having 11 faculties and 9 graduate schools teaching Economics, Arts, Sciences, Law, Medicine, Theology and Engineering, the university boasts of 6000 research publications with a huge base of about 1,20,000 alumni. It is world-renowned for an exemplary research done in the field of Ecology, Material Sciences, Chemistry, and Astronomy.




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Netherlands has a few good and world-renowned universities that specialize in particular aspects. RUG makes it as one of them. Specifically, living in Groningen is less extreme than other experiences like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague, especially because it is largely a college town. Bicycles are preferred as the most common mode of transport. The public transport system is very good, however, you may have to bear with the overcrowded bus lines on the way to university. Places to see around are De Oosterpoort, Stadsschouwburg, Groninger Museum, Martini-plaza, etc. The town is pretty clean and a good news is that there is minimal pollution. One drawback of the place may be that it is quite far away from the bigger cities of Netherlands. The city has an airport which runs a lot of cheap and pocket-friendly flights if you like traveling.


The University of Groningen is one of the top-ranked in the greenest of the universities worldwide. The Zernike Library here provides space for students to study with a great collection of books to read and also photocopying facilities. The buildings of RUG are located all across the small town. The main building is called Academic Building, which is near the City center. Sciences and Economics department are located at the Zernike Campus, a large campus which has two gymming facilities, sports facilities, supermarkets and 10 university buildings in bright colors. Their University Sports Center (ACLO) is the biggest in Netherlands. The University Library includes the UL City Centre and three special libraries serving as an information center for the entire academic community, including both students, and professors.

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The university does not have a living facility of its own. However, it does reserve about 1550 rooms for international students in facilities that an outside organization called SSH manages. So you won’t be homeless the moment you enter but it is recommended to communicate beforehand. Rent for living off-campus is rather cheap and you save money on the transportation cost too. Rent per month may be about € 350 –  €500. The rent includes all utilities (room, heating, electricity, furniture, internet, etc. No place is more than 10 minutes away by bicycle. Students suggest that Lefier, Duisenberg, and Linneausborg are buildings that are more welcoming and pleasant. One can use Housing Office (HO) for non-EU students and there are Facebook groups too.


With an academic staff of 1088, the student to faculty ratio is 24:1. RUG is a paradise for medical students. Some undergraduate and most of the graduate studies are available in English while the rest are in Dutch, so be sure to check the language of your course. Professors are known to be good. You might find some professors who'll send you back because you haven't done your study for the work that you are demanding.

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Although median salaries are varied for different departments here, a typical Business development person will fetch about €27,360, a management consultant will get €36000 while one of the highest seemed to be a Marketing Director fetching € 91000. students considered the following places for jobs: Noord-Holland (43 percent), Groningen (40 percent) and Utrecht (39 percent) were selected most often. Also, 26 percent of the respondents indicated to take all provinces of the Netherlands into account. The most popular employer on campus is IBM.

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