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Welcome to the vibrant educational landscape of Groningen, where knowledge and creativity converge across various educational institutions. Whether you're seeking a university education, practical vocational training (MBO), or higher vocational education (HBO), Groningen has it all.

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen stands proudly at the heart of the city. Its centuries-old buildings and modern facilities create a harmonious blend, bringing together future thinkers, explorers, and leaders to learn and grow. With a wide range of study disciplines, from medicine to international studies, the University enables students to explore their curiosity and prepare for their chosen fields. For more information, visit University of Groningen.

Hanzehogeschool Groningen and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Higher vocational education (HBO) thrives in Groningen, with institutions renowned for their close ties to the professional world and hands-on approach. You have Hanzehogeschool Groningen and NHL Stenden Hogeschool. These lively hubs foster practical knowledge and professional development. Students gather here to prepare for diverse careers, from business administration to healthcare, with a strong emphasis on practical experience and collaboration with the business community.

Noorderpoort and Alfa-college

For those inclined towards practical skills that are directly applicable in the professional realm, regional vocational education (MBO) offers various programs. Noorderpoort and Alfa-college are cornerstones of MBO education in Groningen. These dynamic schools provide an array of practical programs, enabling students to explore their passions and acquired skills for the job market. From technology to healthcare, it's a place where students learn by doing, with strong connections to local businesses and industries.

Practical matters

Apart from the diverse educational institutions, there are also practical considerations when studying. In The Netherlands, you pay tuition fees. Tuition fees cover the cost of your education. Often, you can pay tuition fees in one lump sum or instalments. It's also important to have the correct visa or permit. If you're not a citizen, you often need a visa or work permit to study in The Netherlands. You can learn more at IWCN.

The city welcomes you with open arms and provides an inspiring environment to embark on your academic journey. For more information on student life in Groningen, for example working, studying or housing, visit GroningenLife.

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