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Program Description


Groningen Academic Building

Quick Facts

  • To receive priority consideration for this program, Spring applications will be reviewed, starting after June 15th. Fall applications will be reviewed after February 1st. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the posted application deadline, if space allows. 
  • University College Groningen opened in September 2014 and is part of the University of Groningen, ranked as one of the world's top 100 universities
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences focused modules in the fields of energy, healthy aging and sustainable society
  • Residential campus with a robust living/learning community
  • Students have the opportunity to take classes in English across a wide variety of subject areas
  • 30,000 students; approximately 5,000 international students
  • Enrollment is restricted to students in Barrett, The Honors College


Groningen Parks

Location Details

Located in the northeast of the Netherlands, Groningen enjoys a bustling reputation as the economic and cultural capital of the region. Groningen is a colourful, compact university city (roughly one in four inhabitants is a student) with a rich history, and everything is within easy walking/ cycling distance. The city has a friendly, vibrant atmosphere, is a very safe place to live, and was recently voted as the happiest city in Europe (European Commission).

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Due to the academic calendar, fall semester students will enroll in 24 ECTS (about 12 ASU credits). Spring semester students are expected to enroll in 30 ECTS credits (15 ASU credits).

Incoming exchange students will be assigned a personal UCG tutor who will be their academic advisor in preparation and during their stay in Groningen.

Students may select their courses through the database of courses offered at University College Groningen (choose from year 1, 2, & 3 major and research methodology courses). Disciplines include:
  • Humanities (International Relations, Culture and Media, Language and Culture, Religious Studies, Philosophy, etc...)
  • Social Sciences (Law, Ethics, Economics, Geography, Social Psychology, etc...)
  • Sciences (Global Health, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Immunology, etc...)

Students may also choose from the database of courses offered across all faculties at the University of Groningen. Disciplines include:

  • Economics and Business
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Law
  • Mathematics & Natural Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Spatial Sciences
  • Education
  • Theology & Religious Studies

Classes are taught in English, no prior knowledge of Dutch is required for this program.

*Classes taken through University College Groningen are eligible to receive Barrett honors credit. Those classes begin with the prefix UCG. Classes taken through other faculties at the University of Groningen are not eligible for honors credit. Those classes do not begin with the prefix UCG.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click Here to view how credits and grades at the University of Groningen will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Groningen Study Space

Photo's courtesy of University of Groningen



Common space


Photo's courtesy of University of Groningen

Program Housing

Student accommodation (halls of residence)

Exchange students will have the opportunity to live on campus in the Frascati International Students House, a residence hall that is part of a living and learning community. The Frascati International Students House is situated next to Groningen train station overlooking the Zuiderhaven canal, and just a few minutes away from the UCG campus building and city center. Each student is provided a private furnished bedroom which is part of a unit consisting of 8-10 rooms. In each unit there is a kitchen, common room and bathroom facilities to be shared by the students in that unit. The building also has a laundry room, sports facilities and lockable bike shed.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the fall semester cost sheet or the spring semester cost sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/10/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/09/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed