University College Groningen (UCG) is the youngest faculty of the University of Groningen, offering a BA/BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences. The programme is taught entirely in English and enables you to choose from a wide selection of courses to design a curriculum that suits your individual interests and ambitions. The programme focuses on global challenges, and you’ll learn to integrate knowledge from different disciplines with creative problem solving skills, to understand the complex issues facing society today and to find innovative solutions.
In year 1 you will explore a number of different disciplines and you can choose to study courses in either two or three of the major fields: Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities - this includes a variety of subjects such as psychology, health sciences, physics, philosophy, politics and economics. Alongside your academic subjects you’ll learn about global challenges from multiple perspectives, whilst following courses in research methods, logic, maths, and philosophy of science, and you’ll integrate the knowledge and skills you’ve developed in a series of group projects.
Years 2 and 3 enable you to develop focus in the field(s) that interest you most, and you can choose one of five major directions:
- Sciences (Physics or Health and Life Sciences)
- Social Sciences (Cognition and Behaviour or Philosophy, Politics and Economics)
- Or, you can opt for the ‘free major’ meaning you can select any combination from the wide range of courses on offer.
Academic skills courses and interdisciplinary projects continue throughout, and in Year 3 you have the option to study courses abroad for the first six months, before completing your Capstone Project (thesis).
You will be taught in small classes and meet regularly with your personal tutor who will advise you in choosing courses, whilst providing help and guidance throughout your academic programme. The education is highly interactive, with a strong focus on collaborative, project-based learning and you will work in interdisciplinary teams throughout the degree in a series of projects addressing global challenges. The programme prepares you for further study and careers in a wide variety of fields, including business, law, Government, NGO’s, scientific research, the arts, and more.
As a UCG student you’ll be part of a community and you’ll live with your fellow students for the first year of study (after the first year you can choose to stay at the UCG accommodation or to find other housing in the city). UCG is based in the centre of Groningen, a university city with over 50,000 students (roughly a quarter of the population!), and students are involved in a wide range of activities outside of UCG including student associations, sports clubs, arts events, charities and part-time jobs to name a few.
University College Groningen
9718 BG Groningen
phone.: +31 (0)50 363 3508