Liberal Arts and Sciences

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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

University College Groningen is a Faculty of the University of Groningen, one of the world’s top 100 universities. Our mission is to challenge you, and to give you the space and support to thrive. Our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme is designed to empower you to forge your own path, develop your own identity, and find your position in a constantly changing world.

Our Liberal Arts and Sciences programme offers students the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects whilst developing specialist knowledge in their major discipline (Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences). Throughout the degree students will work in interdisciplinary teams on a series of projects that take them outside of the classroom. This will enable students to learn how to apply a creative approach in finding solutions for complex global challenges.

Waarom aan de RUG?

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The academic profile of the programme is unique as it is inspired by the three leading societal profiles of the University of Groningen: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society. In this context the programme has a strong emphasis on societal impact. The methodological approach to complex societal challenges is characterised by the perspectives of creating horizon through imagination and creating scholarship and leadership through invention and academic innovation.


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specialisatie Health and Life Sciences

The scope of this specialisation ranges from cell biology to human physiology, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology and important areas in human biology and their relevance for health and disease.

Non-medical/biological perspectives on these topics are important to UCG, which encourages multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving, and these perspectives are part of the specialisation whenever appropriate. Students study the topics in this specialisation through small group lectures, working groups, journal clubs, laboratory practicals and self-study.

specialisatie Smart Technologies

The Smart Technologies specialisation aims for students to understand how novel technologies work, and at the same time are able to grasp the implication at an individual, social and economic level

Smart technologies are changing our life and our societies on a deeper level than ever before. Smart home assistants, vehicles, factories, banks, buildings and many more are highly interconnected, communicate with their environment and with us, and operate using various levels of artificial intelligence. To shape the future, we need creative and interdisciplinary minds with knowledge of science, technology and computer science to develop, implement smart technological solutions in our modern society.

specialisatie Mind, Machines and Morality

Students receive training at the intersection of machine learning, psychology, and philosophy, in order to fully engage with the challenging and rapidly growing field of artificial intelligence.

Online assistants, targeted advertisements, self-driving cars and smart robots are just a few examples of automated systems that rely heavily on artificial intelligence. At UCG, we believe that, to fully understand how such systems engage with people and influence our society, we must go beyond the traditional core algorithmic focus.

specialisatie Mind and Behaviour

Students in this specialisation dive into the heart of all human activity: the psychology of how we think, feel, and behave.

The complexity of mind and behaviour requires that students travel back and forth through the micro-scale dimensions of the individual and the macro-scale dimensions of culture. In doing so, students address questions such as: How and why do we filter incoming information to understand the world around us? How do our identities, personalities, and abilities emerge across our lifespan? What role do societal norms play in the increasing prevalence of depression and anxiety?

specialisatie Societies and Cultures in Transition

Societies and Cultures in Transition is geared towards understanding current societal and cultural changes.

Change often leads to uncertainty, tension, and conflict. Yet, fundamental changes may be necessary to adapt our societies to the world of today and the challenges of tomorrow. Typical questions related to this specialisation are: Can societal changes be explained from the intentions of individuals? What is the role of culture in diverse societies? What are the societal consequences of economic and technological developments? How can we design effective policies to guide societal and cultural changes?

specialisatie Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This specialisation studies the structure, and the philosophical and economic principles of today's (global) society.

The study addresses various societal problems such as the polarisation of society, sustainable economic development, democracy and immigration. These problems have important economic dimensions, and present ethical dilemmas. They also require effective political solutions. The specialisation focuses on the nation state, the market and individual behaviour, and discusses how entities interact. Combing philosophy, politics and economics gives students a multidisciplinary framework to analyse and address global challenges in a sustainable and evidence-based way.

specialisatie International Relations & International law

This specialisation studies the role of the state and international organisations within the international community.

It addresses global societal problems such as armed conflicts, human rights violations, terrorism, migration and climate change. This specialisation studies how states interact with each other, how they balance their national interests and global needs and it studies what the role of international law is. It aims to find means by which international political leaders can come to effective policymaking on the international level.

specialisatie International Business & Entrepreneurship

The focus of this specialisation is on international business and entrepreneurship.

It aims to understand the global business strategy and analyses how international business and multinationals strategically operate in the global market. It discusses the implications of their strategies and addresses ethical dilemmas. Special attention is also given to the principles of entrepreneurship and the role of entrepreneurship in society.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
20% theorie
30% praktijk
case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, internship, computer exercise, research, exhibition, research project, excursion, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, design project, working group, group assignment, portfolio, workshop, group discussion, poster presentation, self evaluation, individual assignment, practicum, self study, project, laboratory work, seminar
instruction modes
The programme is recognised as a small-scale and intensive curriculum.
study guidance
Students meet their personal tutors frequently, to discuss the progress in academic work and to receive feedback on the assignments that have been made. Furthermore, students receive advice about their study programme from their tutors and other teaching staff. All members of the teaching staff are available to give students advice on their programme and career paths. A study counsellor is available to students for any practical or personal advice related to their studies.
study abroad
We encourage our students to study their minor (30 EC) abroad in the 1st semester of year 3.
exchange programs
  • Australia National University - Australië
  • McGill University - Canada
  • Fudan University Fudan University - China
  • Masarykova University Masarykova University - Tsjechie
  • City University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
  • University of Kyoto - Japan
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 60 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCG is a demanding programme. Students are expected to be highly motivated. Additionally, one of the main characteristics of the programme is the emphasis on the learning community. It is of importance that students as a class stay together over the years. Students are expected to collect all 60 credits for the first year of the programme within the first year.
Studying a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree allows you to explore a range of academic subjects alongside your major specialisation. You will study from a broad academic perspective, with specific scientific programmes in medical and natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and you can customise your degree to meet your own learning goals.
Exploring and integrating knowledge from different disciplines, you will develop your talents in new and exciting directions, collaborating with students from all over the world as part of an active and engaged learning community.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences degree at University College Groningen educates ambitious and broadly-oriented students to be creative and innovative in their approach to the complex challenges of our society. The small scale, intensive programme is taught entirely in English and focuses on important themes of our time: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.
The programme is demanding and intense, yet it will allow you to think for yourself and outside of the box. The integration of creativity and interdisciplinary methods will help you to generate original and innovative insights and contribute to scientific innovation. You'll be taught to ask original, bold questions, and to deliver creative and impactful responses to them.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2021
wettelijk tarief : € 4299 (€2150 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 12850
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 12850

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
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1 - Apply via Studielink and OAS (Online Application System)
You need to submit your personal information, details of your prior education, and your personal statement.

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aanvullende vakeisen
Proficiency in English and Mathematics

Since English is the official language at University College Groningen, applicants are required to demonstrate proof of their English language proficiency. The following exemptions apply:

  • Native English speakers who have completed their entire secondary education in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (English secondary education);
  • Applicants with an IB diploma, with English as the medium of instruction;
  • Applicants with an EB diploma, with English as final exam subject from a European School or one of the Accredited European Schools;
  • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma and a 7 or higher in English;
  • Applicants with a German Abitur Diploma and a 10 or higher for the English Kurs;
  • Applicants with at least 3 GCE A2-level certificates from an accredited British examination board;
  • Applicants who have already completed and entire Bachelor's programme in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (English secondary education);

If you do not meet the requirements listed above, one of the following tests will provide proof of English proficiency: IELTS (Academic), TOEFL (IBT, CBT or PBT) or Cambridge English.

math test
Next to being proficient in English, another minimum requirement for studying at UCG is proficiency in Mathematics. We measure proficiency in Mathematics by having passed maths as a final year or graduating course in your secondary education. For students from the Netherlands, this means that you have to have passed Mathematics A, B or C as a graduating course. If you do not meet that requirement we would advise you to choose an alternative course / test to complement your application:

  • Dutch VWO Wiskunde A, B or C certificate (Dutch pre-university Mathematics A or B), obtained at CCVX;
  • Dutch VWO Wiskunde A, B or C certificate (Dutch pre-university Mathematics A or B), obtained at Boswell-Beta;
  • AP Calculus AB or BC with a College Board examination;
  • AS-level or A-level certificate in Mathematics (via one of the British A-level examination boards);
  • IB certificate Mathematical Studies Standard Level, Mathematics Standard Level or Higher Level;
  • Mathematik GK/gA or Mathematik LK/eA

During the first step of our application process you need to meet the admission requirements. Once these requirements are met, you can continue with the second step of our application process: selection based on motivation video or personal interview.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 3000levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 650studiematerialenper jaar
€ 6000per jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale 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.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


212 studenten volgen deze opleiding
67% daarvan is vrouw
101 eerstejaars gestart in 2018
71% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Caerus is the study association of the University College Groningen.
At the University College there are many diverse students with different interest. In addition, all these students live together at a campus. Caerus organizes many different activities to enhance the community feeling and to broaden the horizons of the UCG students.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten



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1/10 RUG
Liberal Arts and Sciences
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2017
Keuzegids topopleiding 2018
Keuzegids topopleiding 2019
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
101 eerstejaars
71% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/10 Erasmus
Liberal Arts & Sciences
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2020
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
210 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/10 Maastricht University
University College Venlo
star Elsevier
gemiddelde kamerhuur
62 eerstejaars
72% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/10 Maastricht University
University College Maastricht
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2019  1e  88
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
231 eerstejaars
75% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/10 Maastricht University
Liberal Arts & Sciences
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
364 eerstejaars
71% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/10 Maastricht University
Maastricht Science Programme
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
182 eerstejaars
54% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
7/10 UU
University College Utrecht
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
571 eerstejaars
70% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
8/10 UU
University College Roosevelt
star NVAO
Keuzegids topopleiding 2017
gemiddelde kamerhuur
135 eerstejaars
68% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
9/10 UU
Liberal Arts and Sciences
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
226 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
10/10 Tilburg University
Liberal Arts and Sciences
€ 253 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Liberal Arts and Sciences aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 74 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.2 uit 5.

Na de studie

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After three years at UCG you will have obtained either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Groningen.

En route, our student discover their drives and their passions, and graduate fully equipped with the knowledge and skills required for life after UCG.

Whereas some of our graduates start up a business or enter the job market, most of our graduates successfully enter the masters programme of their choice, either abroad or in the Netherlands.

Examples of Master programme our Alumni have enrolled in:

  • Applied Cultural Criticism / Arts Journalism
  • Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pre-master Medicine
  • Global Political Economy
  • Computational Physics / MPhil Scientific Computing
  • Humanities Research Master - Forensic Linguistics / Multilingualism
  • Science and Business Management
  • International Relations
  • Journalism

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

In Projects, UCG students collaborate with experts to tackle real-world issues. In this environment, UCG students learn to work with each other, and draw from the knowledge of multiple academic fields.

This is unlike the training offered in other degree programme. Our graduates are provided an excellent foundation from which to pursue further education or enter the workforce.

Graduates’ choice of specialisation determines which masters programmes to which they can apply. Our students are guided in these decisions by assigned academic staff.

At UCG, students can fulfil most subject requirements for further study. However, some vocational programmes, such as law or clinical psychology, are likely to have additional requirements.

Furthermore, strong marketplace interest in Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates makes our students highly sought-after by employers around the globe.

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