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  • Locations: Groningen, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 01/22/2018 02/07/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 01/22/2018 02/07/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Emily Grubbe - Study Away Areas of Study: Art, Communication Studies, English, History, Music, Political Science
Type of Course Credit: Transfer credit Minimum GPA: 2.8
Credit Hours Per Term: 12 credits, 13 credits, 14 credits, 15 credits, 16 credits Foreign Language Immersion: No
Internship: No Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory/ Residence Hall
Program Description:

Overview

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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.

 

Academics


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.)
 
 

Cost

 
Semester Expenses RUG Semester
Tuition Pay to FU
Room Pay to FU
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.


MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION

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.


HEALTH & SAFETY

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


GRONINGEN CONTACTS

Course questions: Maaike Moltzer  int.studyadvice.let@rug.nl
Application, Housing, Visa questions: Joyce Snijder-Gelling  exchange.in.arts@rug.nl
Other questions: international.office.let@rug.nl


FURMAN CONTACT

Emily Grubbe
Program Coordinator
emily.grubbe@furman.edu