Our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme offers students from all around the world an intensive and modern curriculum tailored to your own strengths and interests. Through academic teaching and projects, we motivate students to critically think about solutions to global problems. According to the Keuzegids, our Liberal Arts and Sciences is one of the top-rated programmes at the University of Groningen.

University College Groningen (UCG) offers a 3-year bachelor programme, including guaranteed housing, which will provide students with an education that gives them an interdisciplinary outlook, freedom of choice and a collaborative and guided approach to learning. Together with their academic advisor, students design their own programme by choosing out of a broad range of courses in three major disciplines: Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. Students can explore up to a full year before declaring a Major focus. UCG gives you the opportunity to pursue a double degree programme with Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

Students have the opportunity to live and study together for all three years. This residential concept ensures for a close-knit community in the city centre of Groningen.

Curriculum Information

The first year introduces you to a wide range of academic disciplines. You will explore the Sciences, Social Sciences and the Humanities without having to declare your preferred major. In the second and third year, you may declare a Major orientation, customising your degree to fulfil your academic ambitions. If you want even more freedom in designing your own programme, you can pursue a Free Major. 

Alongside the Major, we offer a core programme that covers research methods, academic skills and long-term projects. You have the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge in other areas, developing new solutions to real-world problems, while collaborating with students from all over the world as part of an active and engaged learning community. 

Every major offers numerous courses that you can freely combine centred around your own academic interests and ambitions. To offer some more guidance in this process, UCG has combined a number of courses into tracks that highlight UCG’s academic expertise.



  • Smart Technologies
  • Mind, Machines and Morality
  • Health & Life Sciences

Social Sciences

  •  Mind and behaviour
  •  Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  •  International Relations and International Law
  •  International Business and Entrepreneurship


  • Social and Cultural Change
  • Truth, Meaning and Rationality

Free Major

  • Transcend disciplinary boundaries and create your own programme by combining courses from the Humanities, Sciences and/or Social Sciences.


UCG has a selective admissions process. Students need to send in a motivation video, grades lists and a CV. Each year we select 150 students with rolling admission (meaning students can claim their space as soon as they demonstrate the admission requirements have been met). We accept applications all year round.

To be eligible for admission you need to meet the following requirements:

  • A High School diploma equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma (for example the International Baccalaureate, the British A-levels or SAT scores)
  • Proof of English language proficiency

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Application Deadlines

Applicants wishing to start in the Fall semester can apply by:

Early Bird: 15 January
Final deadline: 1 May

Tuition Fees

EU/EEA students: €5,017 (2024/2025)

Non-EU/EEA students: €16,700 (2024/2025)

Contact Details

University College Groningen
Marieke Sipkes

Hoendiepskade 23-24
9718 BG Groningen
The Netherlands

+31 (0)50 363 35 12