BA/BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Groningen

Program Description

BA/BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Groningen

The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme is taught entirely in English and enables you to design a curriculum that suits your individual interests and ambitions. You’ll be taught at the University College Groningen, in small classes, where the education is highly interactive with a strong focus on collaborative, project-based learning.

Throughout the degree, you’ll work in interdisciplinary teams on a series of projects where you’ll learn to apply creative approaches to find solutions for complex global challenges. The programme prepares you for further study and careers in a wide variety of MSc programs and professional fields, including MSc programs in (International) business, law, international relations, media, arts, psychology and (life) sciences and careers in, for instance, research business, international policy-making and journalism.

Study Programme

In Year 1 you gradually choose your major in respectively Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities out of a broad portfolio of courses in psychology, health and life sciences, physics, philosophy, political science, (international) business, law and economics and more.

Years 2 and 3 enable you to deepen your understanding in the field(s) that interest you most by developing major specializations in, for instance, Physics; Health and Life Sciences; Brain, Behaviour and Culture, Philosophy, Politics and Economics; International Law, International Business, Media, Art or Philosophy. You also have the option to follow a ‘free major’ meaning you can select any combination of the wide range of courses on offer). Alongside your academic courses and academic projects, you’ll follow courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods, logic, mathematics, and philosophy of science, and in Year 3 you have the option to study courses abroad for a full semester before completing your Capstone Project (thesis).

Study abroad?

Study abroad is optional, but we highly recommend our students to do so.

About the University College

University College Groningen (U.C.G.) is based in the center of Groningen, a university city with over 50,000 students (roughly a quarter of the population!). As a U.C.G. student, you’ll be part of our community meaning you’ll live in housing together with your fellow U.C.G. students for the first year of your study.

Admission Requirements

English proficiency

Part of the entry requirements is your English proficiency. If you are not a native English speaker or hold a Dutch VWO diploma, you will need to provide proof of your English language proficiency. The following test scores are accepted:

  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS listening: 6
  • IELTS reading: 6
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • IELTS speaking: 6
  • TOEFL paper-based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 92

Previous education:

Your previous education will need to be equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma with a score of 7/10. Accepted diplomas include:

  • UK - 3 A Levels at Grade B;
  • Germany - Abitur at Grade 2.0 or higher;
  • USA - 4 Advanced Placement Tests at Grade 4.0 or higher;
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma - 32 points or higher.

If you are wondering if your education meets the entry requirements, please contact us or look on our website.

Proficiency in maths:

In addition to being proficient in English, another minimum requirement for studying at U.C.G. is proficiency in Mathematics. We measure proficiency in Mathematics by having passed maths as a graduating course in your secondary education.

Written request and assessment interview:

In addition, we ask that potential students write a motivation letter or make a motivation video where they tell us what their motivations are to study Liberal Arts and Sciences and what their personal aspirations during their studies are.

Upon receiving your full application and motivation to study at U.C.G., you will be informed within 2 weeks whether you have been offered a place at University College Groningen. Because you will need to make an informed decision whether U.C.G. is your next big step, we would like to invite you to one of our monthly Offer Holder Days (dates t.b.c.). This day is your chance to visit the academic and residential campus of U.C.G., talk to one of the members of the U.C.G. Board of Admissions, meet our Student Association Cearus and experience Groningen by yourself with other U.C.G. Class of 2019 Offer Holders. (Alternative arrangements can be made for international candidates, but they are more than welcome to attend a U.C.G. Offer Holder Day).

Registration procedure

1 - Apply via Studielink and OAS (Online Application System) You need to submit your personal information, details of your prior education, and your video/letter of motivation.

2 - If you are made an offer you will be invited to visit U.C.G. at an Offer Holder Day (dates TBC) where you can talk with a member of the Board of Admission, meet our study association Caerus and experience Groningen. Check for further details

Tuition fees and application deadlines

EU tuition fees: € 4,000 per year

Non-EU tuition fees: € 12,000 per year

Application deadline: May 1st, 2018 (course starts September 1, 2018)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 10, 2017
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Netherlands - Groningen, Groningen
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