SUNY Geneseo: Groningen - University of Groningen

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This is a semester or year long exchange program for which instruction is in English. Specific exchanges are with RuG's Faculties of Spatial Sciences (Geography), Behavioral and Social Sciences (Psychology/Sociology), the Arts (Communication, Hist... read more

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I learned how amazing people of other cultures are and realized how rewarding it is to immerse yourself in a an entirely different place with entirely different people. It was extremely worthwhile - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
It changed the course of my life. I might not act different, but my desires have changed considerably, and I'm thinking about a completely different future for myself than before I went on this personal and physical journey. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
Yes. I loved everything about it. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
Yes. Good experience, the city of Groningen is beautiful, the Dutch are very friendly. Dutch universities are VERY different than American universities, but that's not a bad thing. The Netherlands is a great place to study abroad. Huge learning experience, gave me a new perspective on the US (cliche but true!). - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
There is so much i learned from my experience that I could hardly sum it up in a few lines. It was the best experience of my time in college. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
Past Review Noorderplantsoen
yes for meeting friends and experiencing other cultures. academically not really - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
Very much so. I've learned countless things about the world and its peoples. I've seen stereotypes at work and also learned how false some of them can really be. I've learned lessons for myself and for my studies. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
I had the most amazing time in Groningen. At first I was sad to leave home and missed friends and family, but by the end I was in tears to be leaving the friends and family I made in Groningen. The school aspect was great and everything, but the best part was being able to travel all over Europe and making friends from Finland... - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review

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This is a semester or year long exchange program for which instruction is in English. Specific exchanges are with RuG's Faculties of Spatial Sciences (Geography), Behavioral and Social Sciences (Psychology/Sociology), the Arts (Communication, History, Political Science, International Relations), Science and Engineering, or Economics and Business (only two students per semester).

SUNY Geneseo's exchange program with the University of Groningen enables undergraduate students to take classes for a semester or academic year in the following Faculties:

You must apply for the program through, and be approved by, SUNY Geneseo before participating in this exchange.  Because the University of Groningen is a large, decentralized research university, each Faculty has its own criteria for accepting exchange students.  Please read the Eligibility and Faculty Exchange Restrictions sections to the right to see if specific acceptance criteria apply for the Faculty you wish to study at. 

The University of Groningen is on a different academic schedule than SUNY Geneseo (their fall semester runs from September - February and their spring semester runs from February - July).  For this reason, certain Faculty exchanges may only be open for one semester or for the academic year.  Please refer to the above links for details on when each Faculty exchange is available.

In addition to researching information about your specific Faculty using the links above, you can also find general information on being an exchange student at the University of Groningen on their International Office Webpage.

The Netherlands is a small country of 16 million people situated mainly below sea level in northwest Europe.  Today it is an enthusiastic member of the European Union, and an affluent, advanced nation.  Its international outlook is reflected in the sitting of the International Court of Justice and International Court of Human Rights headquartered in the Hague.  Its largest city, Amsterdam, is a European city of great beauty and culture.  In Rotterdam, Europe's largest port can be found. 

The city of Groningen is situated in the north of the country, not far from the German border, and as such is the cultural and economic capital of the northern Netherlands.  The city has a population of 190,000, and has received numerous awards and distinctions, including best city of the Netherlands 2010, best student city of the Netherlands 2006, European city with the highest quality of life 2007, and safest city of the Netherldans 2005.  With over half the population under 35, the city of Groningen is lively and hospitable.  The city of Groningen is also consistently recognized as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

The University of Groningen (RuG) was founded in 1614 and is one of the oldest research universities in Europe.  The university itself is composed of nine separate departments, or 'Faculties', offering 58 Bachelor's and 119 Master's degree programs: Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Spatial Sciences, and Theology and Religious Studies.  The University of Groningen has a student body of 27,700, including over 3,300 international degree seeking and exchange students from over 115 different countries.  There are also some 840 students studying for their Ph.D.

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