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University College Groningen

University College Groningen
University College Groningen logo.png
TypePublic liberal arts college
Established2014 (2014)
Parent institution
University of Groningen
DeanProf. Dr. Hans van Ees
Students~ 300
Hoendiepskade 23–24
, , ,
9718 BG
53°12′55″N 6°33′17″E / 53.215239°N 6.554669°E / 53.215239; 6.554669
Colors     Groningen red[1]

University College Groningen (UCG) is a public liberal arts college based in Groningen, the Netherlands. The college offers a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and sciences. Established in 2014, the college currently has around 300 students. The university has a diversity of subjects and majors, from which students can choose. The college is part of the University of Groningen.

In 2018 and 2019, Keuzegids Universiteiten awarded UCG with the title "Top Rated Programme".[2][3]


Established in 2014, initially 30 students enrolled in the first year of UCG.[4] The college found a faculty building in the former huishoudschool (household school) at the Hoendiepskade. The number of applying students gradually grew the following years. In 2017, the number of first year students increased to 115.[4] The first class of students graduated in 2017.


Main building located at the Hoendiepskade

University College Groningen is housed at Hoendiepskade 23/24 in Groningen. The building was built in 1932 by the architect duo Kuiler & Drewes commissioned by the Association for Christian Industry Education (Vereniging voor Christelijk Nijverheidsonderwijs). The building served as a household school for girls called the Princess Juliana school (Prinses Julianaschool). Next to the main building which is currently used by the College, stands a smaller building which functioned as a residence for the caretaker of the school.

During the second world war the building got damaged, and in 1952 the building got expanded by design of Kuiler & Drewes. In 1962 it got renovated again, this time by architect D. Broos. Since 2000 the building has functioned for office-use. Currently, the University of Groningen houses its University College in this building and is regarded as a municipal monument.

The building is built in an expressionistic professional style. The exterior is distinguishable by its use of bright yellow bricks and of the blue metal doors. The interior includes stained glass windows depicting various household skills such as cooking, washing and sewing.[5][6][7]

Stained glass window depicting household skills that would have been taught at the Princess Juliana school


Tuition fee is relatively high for Dutch standards, as the bachelor costs double of a regular bachelor's degree. Admission standards are high as well, as solid grades in high school are required to be accepted.[8][9]

All classes at the college are taught in English.[8] In its three years bachelor's degree programme, called Liberal Arts and Sciences, student can choose from a broad array of courses from different disciplines. Students can choose to major in Social Sciences, Humanities, Sciences or a Free Major. Along with these, students follow courses based on project-based learning. Courses are taught by UCG staff, as well as professors from other faculties of the University of Groningen.

Student life

The college has a high number of international students, as more than half of the students is from outside the Netherlands.[10] The biggest student association at the college is Caerus Student Association, which has several committees.[11]

Students who enter the college are required to live at the residential campus of UCG in their first year, which is common to other liberal arts colleges in the Netherlands.[12]


  1. ^ "Principal colour". University of Groningen. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  2. ^ "UCG ranks Top Rated Programme". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Dutch Higher Education Guide 2019: UG-programmes strong at the top". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Ruim genoeg studenten voor University College". 12 June 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Voormalige Prinses Julianaschool -". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Geschiedenis". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  7. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Content of the Programme". Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  9. ^ "Admission Requirements 2019/2020". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ "BA/BSc Liberal Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Home". Caerus. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Op University College geen zesjesstudenten". De Volkskrant. Retrieved 29 November 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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