Global Responsibility & Leadership

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Established in 2018, University College Fryslân offers a unique and contemporary bachelor degree: the BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership. This future-oriented bachelor is inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and is dedicated to training a new generation of leaders to address global challenges by finding innovative local solutions. These challenges necessitate a move beyond disciplinary boundaries, therefore our programme is fundamentally interdisciplinary. In addition, we offer

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

In the first year, you study sustainability in the broadest sense of the word: from political science and economics to global health and psychology, to environmental studies and data science. You also make your acquaintance with academic skills such as conducting and presenting research, and the basis of intercultural communication.

In the second year, you further tailor the programme to your own needs, by specialising through one of three Majors: Responsible Governance, Responsible Humanity or Responsible Planet. You additionally follow courses in Ethics and Leadership, and you have the opportunity to put learned theory into practice, by completing a Living Lab research internship in collaboration with one of our non-academic partners.

In the third and final year, you continue following courses in your chosen Major and you have the option to participate in an exchange programme with a university abroad or complete a pre-master in preparation for a Master's degree. You will complete the bachelor with your Capstone, which is a creative project serving as the academic culmination of your degree.

Please bear in mind that the Global Responsibility & Leadership programme is selective, so you will need to pass a selection procedure before you are admitted.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Inspired by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Small-scale and personal education
  • Residential university college
  • International community
  • Living Lab projects with local and global partners


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opbouwTo view a listing of the Bachelor programme course descriptions, please visit
1e jaar Year 1 consists of eight courses introducing students to the interdisciplinary educational concept of the programme and serve as the starting point for the major. The Foundation consists of core courses in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Earth & Environment, Global Health, and Information Technology.
Politics, Power & International Responsibility
Explaining Human Behaviour
Principles of Economics
The Earth System
Introduction to Global Health
Language and Culture I
Introduction to Programming
Academic Communication
Statistics I
Major courses
Introduction to Data Science
Introduction to Sustainable Energy Transition keuzevak
2e jaar You follow courses from one of the three majors of your choice:
  • Responsible Planet
  • Responsible Governance
  • Responsible Humanity

Furthermore, you also undertake a Living Lab project with one of our regional or (inter)national partners.
Statistics II
Major courses
Interdisciplinary Research Design
Major courses
Language and Culture II
Major courses
3e jaar Year 3 of the GRL programme consists of three parts:
  • Major Courses
  • Minor
  • Capstone final project
Major courses
Major courses


major Responsible Planet

Courses: * Ecosystem Processes & Services, * Climate Change: Land, Air & Water * Climate Services and Global Governance * Sustainable Tourism * Hospitality Studies

  • Please note that all mentioned courses, as well as the Living Lab Projects, are subject to change.

major Responsible Governance


  • Key Political Thinkers: from antiquity to modern political theory
  • Policy, Policy Making and Implementation
  • Governance and Innovation
  • History of Economic Thinking
  • Behavioural Economics
  • 22nd Century Economy
  • Information Technology and Implication
  • Introduction to Sustainable Energy Transition.* Please note that all mentioned courses, as well as the Living Lab Projects, are subject to change.

major Responsible Humanity


  • Contemporary Issues in Global Health
  • Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development in Health
  • Comparative Health Systems and Approaches to Health: Healthcare Financing
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Sustainable Decision-Making
  • Leadership and Change.* Please note that all mentioned courses, as well as the Living Lab Projects, are subject to change.


taal van onderwijs100% en
computer exercise, group discussion, research project, seminar, internship, tutorial, self evaluation
study guidance
At the start of the GRL programme, each student is assigned a dedicated academic advisor. During the three years at UCF, the academic advisor can help the student with for example choosing the right major, minor and/or master's programme as well as guiding them in their capstone final project.
The current Academic Advisors at UCF are:

● Dr. Selin Dilli - Assistant professor Economics
● Dr. Daniel Feitosa - Assistant professor Computer Science
● Dr. Karsten Schulz - Assistant professor Political Sciences
● Dr. Berfu Ünal - Assistant professor Social Psychology

Next to the Academic Advisors, there is also a dedicated Study Advisor present at UCF: Drs. Maaike Moltzer. Maaike supports students that face personal difficulties, have issues with study planning, time management or if they have special needs.

The UCF team looks forward to welcoming you in Leeuwarden!

study load
For detailed information, check the UCF Study Guide
study abroad
Study abroad is optional and only possible in Year 3
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 60 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

The teaching at University College Fryslân takes place in small-scale workshop-like settings, encompassing active and digital learning in all our classes. We place a large amount of responsibility for the learning process with you: the student. In each year of the programme, classes will not exceed 25 students and attendance is mandatory. Lecturers act as coaches who provide brief instruction, give feedback on student work and stimulate discussion. Such intensive learning facilitates the develo
N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 4130 (€2065 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 4130
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 12350

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
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Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After uploading all the required documents the Admissions Board will inform you if you're deemed admissible based on our admission criteria.

The applicant must pass a two-step selection procedure in order to be admitted to the programme. The selection procedure consists of two steps:
- Selection Documents
- Selection Interview

With your online application (Studielink & OAS) you’re also asked to upload the following documents as well:
- Letter of Motivation or a Video Presentation
- Reference Letter
- Curriculum Vitae

Read more about the criteria for the selection procedure documents.

If you’re deemed admissible to the GRL programme, the Admissions Board will then have a further look at your selection documents and decide if you are invited for the second part of the selection procedure: the selection interview.

The selection interview can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you might have.
Within approximately a week after the interview, you’ll be informed about the outcome of this second and final step of the selection procedure for the GRL programme.

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aanvullende vakeisen
As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test and achieving a minimum grade.

After passing the first step of the selection procedure, you will be invited for an interview. This can take place either in person in Leeuwarden or via Skype. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you better and for you to ask any pending questions you may have.

As the GRL programme is fully taught and assessed in English, students are required to demonstrate their English skills by sitting an approved English test and achieving a minimum grade.
Some exemptions will be made for demonstrating English proficiency:
Applicants with a VWO diploma and a grade of 7 or higher in English
Applicants with a secondary school diploma fully taught and assessed in English. This includes applicants with a IB/EB diploma.

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Students need to attain a passing grade Wiskunde A, B or C or an international equivalent to be admissible to the programme.

Students are required to have successfully obtained a secondary school diploma which allows entry to an academic university. Therefore, students need to obtain a Dutch VWO diploma or international equivalent before gaining entry to the programme.

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estimated monthly costs

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0kamerhuur in Leeuwardenonder landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 868totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
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Op kamers in Leeuwarden

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Na de studie

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Compared to a mono-disciplinary bachelor, a university college education offers a broad study programme. The bachelor Global Responsibility & Leadership combines the best of both worlds: it offers you a wide variety of opportunities to explore different disciplines, but also the advantage of structured guidance, similar to a dedicated bachelor programme. This will benefit your choice for a master's programme after graduation, as you will have a profound background related to one of the three maj

After graduation, you can choose from a wide array of master programmes. Here are some examples:

  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • International Relations
  • Psychology, Politics, Economics
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Business and Public Administration
  • Euroculture

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After getting your master's degree, you can choose to apply for a PhD position or start working as a policy advisor, a consultant, an entrepreneur or as a development specialist in both the private or public sector. Given the fact that your bachelor is internationally orientated and recognised, you will have outstanding career perspectives in an international working environment.

Potentiële beroepen

development specialist
policy advisor
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Admission Office

* For questions related to Studielink, OAS and admission documents, kindly contact:

Student Service Desk Ucf

For questions related to UCF/GRL, the selection procedure and general information, kindly contac

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