BSU Exchange with Groningen University
What is the program about?
The University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen or RUG) was founded in 1614 and is one of the oldest research universities in Europe. It is ranked 92nd in the current Ranking of World Universities and 3rd in the national ranking. There are ten Schools (Colleges) as well as a large medical facility.
Approximately 30,000 students are currently enrolled at the University of Groningen. Internationalization is a key priority for the RUG. The university has an extensive network of research and educational partnerships with universities across the globe. English is the language of instruction in over 200 degree programs. More than 6,000 international students from over 120 countries attend the University of Groningen annually for research or to do some kind of degree work.
Where does the program take place?
Groningen, the Netherlands
Founded over 1000 years ago, the city of Groningen was part of the Hanseatic League of trading towns that dominated trade in northern Europe from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Much of the early modern city center survives, including its architecture, street-plan and canals. It currently has approx. 200,000 inhabitants and is the cultural, regional and business capital of the northern part of the Netherlands. Groningen has many restaurants, cafes, museums, theatres and art galleries. The city is renowned for its lively atmosphere, its safe environment, college town energy and its young demographic profile. In fact, between the two of them, Groningen University and the Hanze University for Applied Sciences have around 50,000 students. A wide range of facilities caters for just about every taste in sports, culture, and recreation. Given its compact size (and the absence of hills), the bicycle rules the streets of Groningen. With nearly 60% of all journeys made by bike, Groningen has been named “World Cycling City.” For those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life, the rural and largely unspoiled countryside is only a 15-minute bicycle ride away. The Wadden Sea World Heritage site with its five beautiful and highly individual Wadden Islands (low-lying, dune-laden, windswept barrier islands) is only an hour’s journey away by coach from Groningen central station. Groningen can be reached within two hours and 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and in three hours (by bus or train) from Bremen (Germany). There is a direct railway connection with Amsterdam International Airport (Schiphol) every half hour and a bus connection to the airport in Bremen.
Like the rest of The Netherlands, Groningen has a temperate maritime climate similar to that of much of the United Kingdom. Summer daytime temperature average from the low 60s° F to the upper 70s° F (but can rise to the upper 80s° F); winter daytime temperatures vary from the low 30s° F to the upper 40s° F (though temperatures sometimes dip down considerably, producing the winter cityscapes with ice-skaters on the town’s canals that were immortalized in seventeenth-century Dutch paintings by Adriaan van Ostade and other old masters. Again as in the U.K., rainy periods are common, especially in the spring and summer.
When does this program take place?
Autumn semester (Early September-Late December or Late January)
Spring semester (Early February-Early July)
Academic Year (Early September-Early July)
What is the program content?
The University of Groningen offers courses in a wide variety of programs and disciplines, including Arts and Humanities, Architecture & Planning, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Education, Human Geography, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, and Sociology. Dutch language courses are also available. Classes are often a blend of lectures and small-group seminars (with an emphasis on independent study, rather than on in-class instruction).
What is the student accommodation?
The University of Groningen is not a campus university, which means that instead of being housed in dorms, students typically rent their own accommodation in town. However, for exchange students the SSH XL orginazation provides furnished rooms in International Student Houses and as well as in Dutch Student Houses (including canal boats!).
What is included?
All students attending Groningen pay Ball State tuition and student fees. Tuition and fee rates are based on residency.
Round-trip airfare, accommodation, meals and living expenses are paid out of pocket by the student but can be factored into the cost of attendance sheet for financial aid purposes. Other costs include US passport and immigration documentation.
Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a Yuhas or Rinker scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. Scholarship applications can be downloaded here or from our website and submitted to RCIP.
In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.
Number of placements available?
Is a visa required?
Yes. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.
A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. The University of Groningen will apply for your visa once you have been accepted as a visiting student. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are an BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center for International Programs to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States.
How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU
Academic Year: March 1
Spring: October 1
Who can I contact for more information?
Phone: (765) 285-5422