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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)

University of Groningen, Broerstraat 5, 9712 Cp Groningen, THE Netherlands
4.02 / 5 based on 348 reviews.
The University of Groningen is the second oldest in the Netherlands. It was founded on 23 August 1614 on the initiative of the "Statenvergadering van Stad en Ommelanden van Groningen" (Groningen States General). The University began with six professors in four faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. There are now ten faculties, housed in 150 buildings on various locations in and around Groningen. Read more

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If you're planing to travel a lot, it's worth while to buy a special discount card for the railways. It costs about 100 fl, but you get a 40% discount of the ticket prises with it, so it pays off quickly. Check out the extremely cheap bus trips to, for example, London and Spain!!! And don't mind the rain - you'll get used to it... Read Review
heli, Finland

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by del706357818, Turun Yliopisto, Turku, Finland
History, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? You meet other foreign students without difficulty
Personal comments:
I was living in an international student house in Haren. The house was ok but there were two people living in one room, so there was practically no privacy at all. The rent was a bit too high (250e/month) compared to the lack of privacy. Otherwise the house was ok; good facilities, electiricity&gas included to the rent etc.
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by serhat, Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, Ankara, Turkey
Engineering, Chemical, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal comments:
well it's a small place but don't worry you can find nice places to go out. news cafe is an elegant place to sit and drink your beer. three sisters is biggest place, but generally age average is a bit lower than expected. "place" is the only place you have to pay for enterance but it's free at every thursdays, student night. monday is sally obreins' day, you can find all exhanges upstairs. but after couple of weeks you may get bored as its cheap beer sucks. tuesday is the rest day, however, if you want to go out you can listen live regi music while drinking your beer. on wednesday, Pand48 is the place for international students. During happy hour, beer is 1Eu. Pand48 is a small but such a nice place to spend your wed. night. Shadrak is an another place you can visit on wed. Latin is dominating sound. on thursday, like saturday, city center is full of dutchs. Exchanges prefer MollyMalones due to cheap drinks but enzo is the best place to go. Friday is also a resting day, but if you fell like going out city is crowded enough. Saturday is main dutch day. Everywhere is dutch, try to interact with them. On sonday, city is dead.
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by alexa, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Law, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Readers must normally be bought for every course and often there is a supplementary book also, so buying reading materials can be expensive if you are staying for the year and studying perhaps 9 or 10 courses. A good idea is to club together with your friends and share readers, which are specifically tailored to the course to not as good value as a proper book which you can use again.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
Courses in Groningen were extremely varied as regards workload and difficulty, so it is difficult to generalise, but overall I had no real problems.

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by heli, Turun Yliopisto, Turku, Finland
political science at home, but in Groningen I studied Europe, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
Almost everyone speaks English, which actually makes learning Dutch quite difficult: as soon as they hear you don't speak Dutch fluently, they switch to English... The intensive beginner's course is very useful, even if you don't want to learn Dutch properly. The only place where I had difficulties because I didn't understand Dutch at all in the beginning was the railways, since the announcements in trains and at railway stations were in Dutch only.
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by PetriR, Vaasan Yliopisto, Vaasa, Finland
Business Studies, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
An ERASMUS grant
Student loan
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Housing isn't inexpensive in Groningen. There's a chronic lack of accomodation for students and it seems to get worse year by year. So take the first that is offered to you. Afterwards you can try to find (better/cheaper?) something else. Nightlife is really cheap and you can get yourself wasted with low budget ;)
Housing, Overall, Travel: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Food: was the same price as at home.
Nightlife: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
It's quite easy to travel in the Netherlands because of short distances. Get The Off-peak Discount Pass to trains. You'll get a 40% discount from off-peak (weekdays after 9 am) trips and pays itself back quicly. Also bike is mandatory if you want to move. Don't buy the first second-hand bike that you'll see, make some comparison...
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by alexa, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Law, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
No, my University provided lots of information and I was able to meet with students who had lived in Groningen the year before.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Groningen is an excellent choice for your ERASMUS year. It is a beautiful city that is small enough to get to know it really well but large enough to have plently of life and culture. The university itself has a good reputation and courses and wide ranging and enjoyable. One thing I would strongly advise is to seek accomadation in a student house rather than a private flat, as this was probably the best part of my year away and makes meeting people very easy and non-stressful.


Be careful not to get ripped off by local bike shops who make a killing out of exploiting foreign students. A second hand bike should cost no more than 50 euros. Student rail cards can be bought at the station if you take your student card and a photo, which gets you a big discount if you want to go to Amsterdam, The Hague or wherever takes your fancy for the weekend.
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