Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG or University of Groningen) was founded in 1614 and has played an important part in the city of Groningen. It is a traditional university, located in a vibrant student city, which facilitates a wide range of high-quality teaching and research. The University of Groningen is an international institution with partnerships across the world, a great many international students from 60 different countries, and a global dimension to university life. Its enrollment stands at approximately 18,500 students.
The university is located in and around Groningen, founded some 950 years ago and now a city of 173,000 inhabitants and the cultural, regional and business capital of the northern area of the Netherlands. The city offers a wide range of cultural offerings at local theatres, museums, book shops providing books in all European languages, and art galleries. The city is well provided with restaurants, cafes and bars, and is known for its lively atmosphere. The University provides a Welcome Guide to provide more information about the campus and community.
Course offerings in recent years have included Dutch Language (at four levels); Dutch 20th Century History; Gender in the Netherlands; First Language Acquisition; Dutch Culture and Society; Communication in and about the Netherlands; European Unification; Literature and the Arts from 1870 to 1960; Dutch Painting of the Golden Age; Intergovernmental Relations: Human Rights Protection; and Idea and Reality of the Nation State. Students may be permitted to enroll in regular university courses, provided that the department's courses are open to exchange students and are taught in English. Students should make every effort to verify the language of instruction prior to arrival.
Students will be formally admitted by the Faculty of Arts, though may take up to 2 courses in other faculties. For information on courses taught in English in the Faculty of Arts, please click here. Carefully check for courses taught in Semester II (Spring).
The academic year runs from early September to late January and early February to early July. International students are advised to arrive at least three weeks before the actual start of a term so that they can take care of the necessary formalities, follow the intensive Dutch language course, and acquaint themselves with the town and the university. Further Dutch language study during the semester is also possible.
Credit for RUG courses is assigned according to ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) guidelines. UNC-Chapel Hill's exchange agreement at The University of Groningen (RUG) allows Carolina students to enroll in either the Dutch Studies Program or 'regular' courses within any department at the university.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.