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  • Locations: Groningen, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Areas of Study: Art, Communication Studies, English, History, Music, Political Science
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Emily Grubbe - Study Away Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship
Internship: No Foreign Language Immersion: No
Type of Course Credit: Transfer credit Credit Hours Per Term: 12 credits, 13 credits, 14 credits, 15 credits, 16 credits
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory/ Residence Hall
Program Description:


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University of Groningen Exchange Program (RUG)
Fall, Spring, offered annually

The University of Groningen, founded in 1614, is made up of a student body of 25,000. With about 2,700 international students on campus (about the total size of the entire Furman student body!), you’ll feel right at home.

Students will spend a semester, fall or spring, as an exchange student at RUG (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.) Since RUG is an exchange program, you could be one of the few Furman students at Groningen during any given semester. Groningen is a college town in the Netherlands filled with students on bikes and historical landmarks. The Netherlands, which is a bit bigger than the state of Maryland, is easy to get around, borders Germany and Belgium, and is a 6 hour ferry ride to the United Kingdom.



Students will have the option to take courses in Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies.

Students must complete a Transfer Course Authorization Form in order to receive credit for the courses taken and they must be pre-approved to receive major or GER credit. 
Groningen awards credits in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS.) Generally, the formula for ECTS credits to Furman credits is 2-1. Most courses at the University of Groningen are worth either 10 or 5 ECTS. In order to earn 15 credit hours, you would need to take 3 courses at 10 ECTS each. You can take classes that are either 10 or 5 ECTS, but be mindful of how they will transfer into Furman. Remember, the maximum number of credits eligible to transfer back into Furman is 18 credit hours (equivalent to 36 ECTS. Since they are in increments of 5, the most ECTS you could earn would be 35.)


Semester Expenses RUG Semester
Tuition Pay to FU
Room Arrange housing independently or through RUG
Board/miscellaneous/books See living costs here
Flight  ~ $1500

As an exchange program participant, students will pay tuition and room directly to Furman as if they were a FU student for the semester. All Furman Aid, Federal Aid, and State Aid will apply to this program.

Additional Info

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSPhoto outside at University of Groningen

All students are welcome to apply for this program, but preference will be given to students with evidence of independence, strong applications, competitive GPAs, and interviews.


Accomodation: Since Groningen is more of a city than a college town, students will have the option to live in a house with other international students or find other accommodation in the town with the assistance of the international office. 

Meals: Students will be expected to pay for their own meals.

Visa: You will not need to apply for a visa prior to entering The Netherlands. See information here about studying in Holland for more than 3 months.


The Netherlands is a safe country for students and travelers alike. Check out the page to see more information about the country.


Course questions: Maaike Moltzer
Application, Housing, Visa questions: Sigrid Hasper
Other questions:


Emily Grubbe
Program Coordinator

This program is currently not accepting applications.