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International Relations and
International Organization in
1    Increasing globalization
1    Interdisciplinary programme
2    About Groningen...

The content of the degree
4    The Dutch education system
4    Propaedeutic phase
5    Post-propaedeutic phase
8    Master’s phase
9    Study abroad

Student life
10   Introduction and student
10   Study supervision

After graduating
12   Another way to do it...

14   Tuition fees

Information and enrolment
15   Information
16   Addresses

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Ice caps melting, the expansion of the European Union, international
terrorism: the issues in an increasingly globalized world call out for
students International Relations and International Organization.

Global warming and climate change, Russia and the Ukraine fighting        the world to live and work together more and more. At the same time,
over gas deliveries, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every day the news     many issues such as pollution, international terrorism or international
is filled with issues that may seem far away, but have a major impact     trade cannot be dealt with by a single country on its own. These develop-
right on your doorstep. Because of high-paced globalization, such         ments have made the need for international cooperation and workable
international events will only increase in importance and frequency       agreements much more urgent. As a student of IRIO, you will help to fill
in the near future – and it’s up to students of International             this demand. IRIO students can end up working for a diplomatic service,
Relations and International Organization (IRIO; official name in          as a lobbyist at the European Parliament or for an international non-
Dutch: Internationale betrekkingen en internationale organisatie)         governmental organization (NGO) such as Amnesty International.
to deal with them!
                                                                          Interdisciplinary programme
As an IRIO student you will study these problems and learn all about      During the three years of the Bachelor’s degree programme you will
the efforts that are being made in the search for solutions. This         develop keen analytic skills with which to interpret and research
unique interdisciplinary programme is only offered at the University      developments in the field of international relations. You will become
of Groningen and provides students with a solid yet broad background      familiar with international relations from the perspectives of politics,
in political history, law and economics. If you closely monitor the       law and economics. You will learn to understand at an academic level
news on international events, have a lively interest in these academic    the interests of international actors, such as governments or the United
disciplines and want to learn a foreign language, IRIO may very well be   Nations, and will train your abilities to present your knowledge both in
the right Bachelor’s degree for you.                                      writing and verbally.

Increasing globalization                                                  The IRIO Bachelor’s degree is a challenging programme with a strong
Only a few decades ago, seeing someone with another skin colour           theoretical component, at the same time offering plenty of room for
than your own was remarkable. The increasing ease of travel, European     specialization and practical experience, using simulations, case studies
integration, but also hunger and war have caused people from all over     and specialization seminars. Because of its two decades of experience,

                                                                           STRONG POINTS OF IRIO
                                                                           As an IRIO graduate you will have acquired analytical skills and be able
                                                                           to discern the different interests at play in international issues. You
                                                                           can approach a problem from different perspectives and know how to
                                                                           present your research on paper and in person. You have both theoretical
                                                                           and practical knowledge of the field and have specialized in an area you
                                                                           find particularly interesting. You are ready to take on a new era of inter-
The Faculty building                                                       national challenges!


the programme enjoys the support and expertise provided by many                           www
specialized professors. Groningen thus offers a unique opportunity for                  › (programme’s website)
students to follow their passion for international relations.                           › (website of Model United Nations conference)
                                                                                        › (Honours College)
About Groningen...
We can be brief about student life in Groningen. Groningen is known
as a fun, energetic student city. Big and interesting enough to have an
excellent time, small and pleasant enough to feel at home. Approximately
one in six inhabitants of Groningen is a student! The nightlife, cultural,
athletic and recreational facilities are all great, as you will soon discover.

Multinationals and globalization

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    Is this the programme for you? To study IRIO you need to have a broad interest in international news and the different perspectives on
    international issues, as well as a critical personality – you ask questions until you have all the answers. Also, independence and flexibility are assets useful in
    dealing with the curriculum and with people in general – that’s diplomacy!

                                                             INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION IN GRONINGEN

                                           Felix Neugebauer (22)
                                          first year student in International Relations and International Organization

                                          ‘Before I came to Groningen, I studied cello at the Freiburg conservatory for two years.
                                          I also took several courses at university, such as War and Peace Studies, and Political
                                          Science. These got me thinking about changing my degree programme. Because
                                          International Relations is almost exclusively a Master’s programme in Germany,
                                          I decided to enrol here. So far, it’s been great!

                                          The biggest difference with school is the amount of freedom. There are a number of

     Very                                 compulsory tutorials, but you have to read and study a lot by yourself. That’s why we
                                          sometimes meet after a difficult lecture to discuss the literature. Another difference is

accessible and
                                          the contact with professors, which is more formal in Germany. Here, all my lecturers
                                          and professors have been very accessible and supportive of my plans.

  supportive                              A final thing I noticed is the catering. The food at the university here is good, but more
                                          expensive than in Germany. You can’t get a full meal for three euro’s, which is why

                                          I usually bring my own lunch and have dinner at home.’

    29,149 students altogether
    5,604 Bachelor’s students in IRIO
    5,971 first year students                                       EXCELLENCE ALLOWED!
    altogether                                                      The University of Groningen wants
    240 first year students in IRIO                                 its programmes to be interesting
    3,100 international students from                               and valuable for every student.
    outside the Netherlands                                         That’s why intelligent and
    5,500 employees                                                 motivated students have the
    571 professors                                                  opportunity to use their talents
    54 Bachelor’s programmes                                        to the fullest. The University has
    116 Master’s programmes                                         an Honours College, in which
    9 faculties                                                     excellent students can follow an
    400,000 square meters of facilities                             expanded Bachelor’s or Master’s
    603 million euro annual budget                                  programme.


The IRIO Bachelor’s degree programme takes three years. After that,
you can choose to enrol in a more specialized one or two-year Master’s
degree programme.

The Dutch education system                                                             ECTS are earned by passing an exam, but completed assignments may
Every academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester                  also form a part of the mark. One ECTS represents 28 hours of work
runs from September until February, the second one from February                       (attending lectures, doing assignments, studying independently). The
until July. Exams are scheduled half-way through and at the end of every               regular annual programme consists of 60 ECTS. To graduate you need
semester. Besides the lectures, in which students mainly listen to a                   to earn all the required ECTS credit points.
lecturer, you also take tutorials in small groups. In these tutorials the
emphasis is more on assignments, on actively processing the subject                    Propaedeutic phase
matter and on the practical side of IRIO. There is a computer room where               IRIO is a broad, interdisciplinary programme which draws from three
you can work on your assignments, alone or with fellow students. Later                 distinct academic disciplines. The first academic year, also referred to as
on in the programme, you will apply the acquired knowledge more often                  propaedeutic year or simply ‘P’, provides you with a basic background in
and present your own results in writing and orally.                                    all three disciplines that form a part of the programme, as well as with
                                                                                       basic knowledge of the language of your choice. You will receive an
A university Bachelor’s programme has a workload of 180 ECTS credit                    introduction to international political history, law and economics,
points. The more ECTS are assigned to a subject, the larger the workload.              becoming familiar with the different approaches these three fields
You may for example earn five ECTS for one subject, ten for another.                   have to IRIO.

    How do you view the world?
    Is war a phenomenon inherent to international relations, or can it be prevented by working
    together more closely? Where does the large gap in wealth between North and South come from?
    Broad questions such as the above do not have easy or uniform answers. However, in the Theory of
    International Relations module, these and other crucial matters are addressed, looking at the several
    theoretical schools and approaches that exist within IRIO. You will learn to analyse complex issues
    within a large theoretical framework, be it the power politics of realism or a liberalist approach
    focusing on economic cooperation.

                                                                                                                 THE CONTENT OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME

For example, in the Introduction to International and European Law              assignments, you will improve your skills in reading, writing, speaking
module you will learn the basics of how and where to find answers               and understanding one of the four languages, laying the basis to expand
to legal questions such as: ‘Who has the right to punish a Somali               this knowledge later on in the Bachelor’s programme. You will also
pirate attacking a ship in international waters? In the International           receive training in basic academic researching, writing and presentation
Organization module you will, for example, learn all about the vision of        in the Skills module. In the tutorials you will learn how to choose a
the founders of the United Nations and the problems they have faced             subject and formulate a related academic research question. The
throughout the years. And in Introduction to Economics you will learn           treatment and judgement of academic and primary source material is
how to think from an economic perspective, which is essential in IRIO. It       another skill you will acquire. You will be shown around the libraries and
is impossible to understand issues such as the Latin American debt crisis       trained in how to find relevant literature and sources in the vast amount
without knowing the basic laws of economics. With a solid foundation            of information available. Don’t worry if the endless sea of books is a little
in each of the three disciplines, however, you will start to see the            daunting: after the training you will feel like a fish in academic water.
connections between them in IRIO. The famous question cui bono, which           And at the end of the module, you will actually have researched, written
is Latin for ‘To whose benefit?’ will teach you to look for hidden interests    and presented your first academic research paper!
in current and past events. Lecture by lecture, you will start to under-
stand more and more of how these interests of companies, nation-                At the end of the first year you will be issued with a binding study advice:
states and organizations relate to each other and influence reality in          if you have not yet earned forty of the sixty ECTS credit points, you will
the present and past. That way, you will start to see that the Marshall         have to stop your studies. You must also complete the first-year
Plan, by which the United States helped rebuild Europe after the Second         programme within two years.
World War, may also have served to secure markets for American exports.
The language module is another important part of the first year:                Post-propaedeutic phase
you can choose English, French, German or Spanish (and in exceptional           After your first year, you will continue to expand your knowledge of
cases even another modern language). Through a series of seminars and           the different elements of IRIO. The theoretical aspect of the field is

                                                      The War on Terror
                                                      What are the consequences of the 9/11 attacks on the international climate? How can states pursue
                                                      their interests without exposing themselves to foreign terrorists, who – seen from another perspective
                                                      – might also be considered freedom fighters? The core module on International Security focuses on
                                                      the history of studies in international security and all its accompanying facets. Among other things,
                                                      you will debate the developments in global and regional security institutions, notably the UN, NATO
                                                      and the EU’s Security and Defence Policy, within a small group of students. If you choose this module,
                                                      you will also write, present and defend your Bachelor’s thesis on a related subject!

bargaining and
have my interest
     Lilian Hoogenboom (23)                    Bachelor’s student in International Relations and International Organization

    ‘I have always had a broad, international interest. In school I was involved in a debating group and took five language subjects.
    When I had to choose a Bachelor’s degree, it came down to either International Law or IRIO. Because IRIO is so diverse, with a
    combination of language, law, politics and economics, I had high hopes for this programme.
    Over the past few years, these hopes have become a reality. Although economics is not my favourite subject, the interdisciplinary
    character of IRIO helps you find out exactly where your interests lie. For me, this was international politics. Specifically international
    bargaining and negotiation have my interest, which is why I took a summer school on that subject at the London School of Economics
    and Political Science last year. I also wrote my Bachelor’s thesis on this subject. The influence someone’s personality and cultural
    background has in international negotiations is really fascinating. After my Bachelor’s degree I would love to do either the two-year
    Research Master in Groningen, or the Master’s programme on Peace and Conflict in Uppsala, Sweden. They have a great research
    centre there as well. I think it’s brilliant that my IRIO Bachelor’s degree gives access to so many different Master’s programmes!’

    › Lilian tells more in a video on

                                                                                                            THE CONTENT OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME

thoroughly deepened with the challenging but extremely relevant
modules Theory of International Relations and Methodology in
International Relations.                                                      Simulating a UN debate

Your knowledge of the modern language you chose will be expanded
to include more grammar and vocabulary specifically relevant to IRIO.
In the simulation game that is part of the International Negotiation
module, you will learn how to negotiate in an international diplomatic
environment. Another important difference with the first year is the
degree of freedom and specialization you are given. Whereas in the first
year all modules are fixed, in the second and third year you have a lot
more freedom to pick your favourite subjects and to specialize in a
certain field. You will choose a core module that will form the core part
of your third year and the basis of your Bachelor’s thesis. For example,
if you are interested in the way human rights relate to the process
of democratization, you can choose the core module Human Rights,
Democracy and Development. In this module you will debate, amongst
other things, whether human rights are universal or vary and differ
across different cultures. Do freedom and democracy have the same
intrinsic value to each person in the world – and if not, should they?

In the third year you will have a lot of freedom to choose your own
modules (30 ECTS). This offers many options to really dive into one
aspect of IRIO you may be especially interested in, for example Peace
and Security. In this specialization module you will learn more about the
theory of international conflicts, but also receive practical case studies
from military and developmental professionals, learning about their          this possibility to enjoy a truly international experience at, for example,
personal field experience. If you are interested in conflict and develop-    the University of Brussels, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris
ment, the day-to-day dilemmas an army colonel on mission in                  – better known as ‘SciencesPo’ –, the Universidad de Salamanca or
Afghanistan encounters, will surely fascinate you! The freedom of            even at the University of Sydney in Australia. This option gives you the
choice in the third year also allows for another option: you can spend a     opportunity to apply your acquired knowledge of a foreign language
semester studying abroad. Every year, many students take advantage of        directly, while experiencing a different culture.

 BACHELOR’S PROGRAMME International Relations and International Organization

 FIRST YEAR (propaedeutic phase)                      SECOND YEAR                                        THIRD YEAR

 History of International Relations                   IRIO modules such as Theory of                     IRIO modules such as Methodology in
 IRIO Skills                                           International Relations, Policy and                International Relations, International
 International Politics                                Governance                                         Negotiation
 International Organization                           Economics modules such as International            Law modules such as International Law
 Language Minor (English, French, German               Trade Theory and Policy and International         Core module, such as Human Rights
  or Spanish)                                          Monetary Relations                                 and Democracy or China in International
 Political Science                                    Law modules such as European Law                    Politics
 Introduction to Economics                            Language Minor continued                           Bachelor’s thesis
 Introduction to European and                                                                            Space for optional courses
  International Law


Master’s phase
After finishing your Bachelor’s degree, you may choose to enrol in                      ACCESSIBLE MASTER’S PROGRAMMES
the IRIO Master’s programme. Within the Master’s degree, there are                      (there may be additional application requirements)
four core areas in which you can specialize: International Security,                    › International Relations and International Organization
International Political Economy, European Integration and Global                        › Modern History and International Relations Research Master
Governance. In each of these areas you will follow advanced theoretical                 › Humanitarian Action (NOHA)
and research modules. You may also apply for a different Master’s degree                › Journalism
in Groningen or elsewhere in the Netherlands, such as Journalism, NOHA                  › Euroculture
(humanitarian action), Euroculture or the Research Master in Modern
History and International Relations. And of course there is the option
to enrol in a Master’s degree at a foreign university, such as the London                www
School of Economics. The broad background you have as an IRIO student                   › (overview of courses)
gives access to a wide variety of Master’s programmes.                                  ›
                                                                                        › (lectures on international
                                                                                         relations from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    What’s the difficulty? Fair’s fair: IRIO is not an easy programme. You will really need a strong interest in international relations if you want
    to start the programme. The different frames of mind which you will need in order to make sense of the international relations are complex and make IRIO
    a challenging programme. As a student, a lot will be asked of you in terms of commitment and individual hard work. However, this also means that when
    you do put in that hard work, it will surely pay off in a thorough understanding of the international world. So, if you’re looking for a challenge, IRIO is where
    you’ll find it!

    Study project
    When you think about an IRIO master internship, an organization that probably springs to mind is
    the United Nations. IRIO also has associations with the business world, which can offer great oppor-
    tunities. A combination of the two is also possible; for example, in the United Nations Global Compact
    (UNGC). This is a platform where companies are encouraged to develop socially responsible policies
    and report on these in a transparent manner. As an intern for the UNGC, an IRIO-student assessed
    reports from very diverse companies, ranging from large Western multinationals to small
    entrepreneurs from third-world countries.

                                                                                           THE CONTENT OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME

The University of Groningen wants to offer the opportunity        have lectures by foreign visiting professors. Also, more and
to spend time studying abroad to as many students as              more Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are taught in
possible. The University cooperates with other universities       English. When you choose to study IRIO, all your textbooks
all over the world and has numerous financial arrangements        will be in English – except of course for the language Minor,
and scholarships available for students. To give you an idea of   should you choose French, German or Spanish. The advantage
the numbers involved: each year about 1,000 students from         of this is that you will have every opportunity to succeed
Groningen go abroad to study. They take courses or do an          internationally. Many IRIO students spend a semester
internship or graduation assignment. But students are             studying abroad to gain experience. This way, your degree
prepared for an international career in Groningen as well.        offers great opportunities to expand your horizons. For
You will no doubt meet some of the approximately 3,000            example, you could study in France, Turkey, Spain or even
foreign students that come here every year and you might          in Australia!


You will probably kick off your studies in Groningen with the KEI-week,
the annual introduction week for all students. After that, there is also a
IRIO-specific introduction.

Introduction and study association                                           Study supervision
The study association for IRIO students is Clio. It has more than a          If you have questions or doubts about your studies, IRIO has three study
thousand members and every year some 70 of them organize all kinds           advisers: Renate Huttinga, Niels Kosterman and Dieneke Niks. They know
of activities, both academic and social. Every year there is an introduc-    the details of different study programmes, Minors, possibilities for
tion camp, a conference where diplomats or other professionals lecture,      studying abroad, planning your workload; in short, everything there is to
a career day which provides opportunities for networking, parties galore     know about the IRIO programme. They can also help you find the right
and a study trip abroad. In short: everything you will need socially – and   institutions and student desks for your problems. The study advisers are
to engage your interest in IRIO academically! In addition, Clio members      impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially.
qualify for a ten to twenty percent discount on most textbooks and can
get free summaries of study material. The association also has its own
monthly magazine, Checks&Balances.                                            www
                                                                             › (study association)
                                                                             › (student association’s magazine)
                                                                             ›, (finding a room)
                                                                             › (student life)
                                                                             › (general introduction week)

                                                                                                           GRONINGEN, YOUR
                                                                                                           STUDENT CITY
                                                                                                           190,148 inhabitants
                                                                                                           56,000 students
                                                                                                           35,000 student residences
                                                                                                           54 student sport associations
                                                                                                           36 pizza shops
                                                                                                           199 bars
                                                                                                           8 discotheques
                                                                                                           2,743 café terrace seats
                                                                                                           7 laundries
                                                                                                           94 employment agencies
                                                                                                           65 driving schools
                                                                                                           31 bicycle repair shops
                                                                                                           3,345 student weblogs
                                                                                                           1 Best City of the Netherlands
                                                                                                           1 Most fun shop of teh
                                                                                                           Netherlands (Italian shop Ariola)

A lot of freedom
to organize your
own time
 Dieuwertje Nelissen (22)                Bachelor’s student in International Relations and International Organization

‘Politics, governance and policymaking, economics – I could never choose just one. In many Bachelor’s programmes I also thought the
international dimension was lacking. I always read the international pages of the newspaper first. So, the IRIO programme was really
perfect for me!
At school I was always a very active student, organizing lots of extracurricular activities. So, right from the beginning I jumped into the
busy student life here in Groningen. I joined a student society, a field hockey team and became active within the IRIO study association,
Clio. I really love the combination of social and study-related activities with students from different years that Clio has to offer.
Although all of these activities take time, I’ve always been able to combine it with my studies. For IRIO you have to do a large proportion
of the studying independently, so you have a lot of freedom to organize your own time. In fact, because I passed all my exams the first
two years, I chose to spend my third year as president of Clio. The excitement and sometimes stress of organizing lots of activities with
a group of students really taught me a lot – about both IRIO and myself!’


Because of the broad basis of IRIO, the possibilities for careers are very
diverse. Which Master’s programme and which Minors you choose can
be important for your career path.

The broad basis that IRIO provides, guarantees that a wide array of          you could also work as a reporter, as a lobbyist for Amnesty International
careers is open to you. Depending on the modules, tutorials and Master’s     or as a consultant for a large multinational such as ING, KPMG or Nestlé.
programme you choose, this broad horizon will become more clearly            In short, there is no single career path for an IRIO graduate. It will be
defined – but there will always be multiple options for an IRIO graduate.    up to you to invest your time in the modules and specializations which
So, it’s very important to choose the specializations and modules that       motivate and enthuse you the most. If you do, you may very well see your
really appeal to your personal interests. Maybe you already have an idea     dream job materialize – although fair warning is due: probably about
where your passion lies within the wider field of international relations,   75% of IRIO students see themselves as the next Ban Ki-Moon, so
but you are by no means an exception if this is something you still          competition for that spot will be extra tough!
have to discover. The Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes offer all the
necessary options to find and explore your personal academic interests!
Although the options for your career are very diverse, they can be            www
grouped into five more or less clear-cut sectors. Many IRIO graduates        › (Netherlands Institute of International Relations)
end up working in international organizations, international business,       › (Policy developer for Dutch Ministry of
non-profit organizations, in government or in the academic field. Within      Foreign Affairs)
these sectors, your IRIO degree could land you a job as a policy advisor,    › (Work opportunities for the United Nations)
management expert, public relations officer, diplomat or researcher, but     › (alumni committee of Clio)

Another way to do it ...

                          Toon van der Veer is currently                                                 Alienke Ramaker found a job as an
                          working as Internal Communications                                             adviser for the Nederlandse Vereniging
                          Manager Western Europe for AB InBev,                                           voor Marktwerking in Energie (VME), an
                          the largest beer brewery in the world. With                                    industrial energy company association.
                          fifteen others, he is responsible for the                                      She is responsible for coordinating the
                          communication strategy in the company that                                     different positions and interests of the
                          brews Budweiser, Becks and Jupiler. Finding                                    members of the association with regard
                          a common denominator in different Western                                      to energy legislation. The combination of
                          European cultures and different ways of                                        political science, economics and law that IRIO
                          communicating is one of the challenges of his                                  offers is essential in her work. When trying to
                          job. The broad international background and                                    get all the member companies to agree, the
                          the ability to think outside the box that IRIO                                 negotiation skills IRIO teaches come in handy
                          provides are extremely valuable for this task.                                 as well.

                                                                                      AFTER GRADUATING

            Leonie Meulman (25)
Discover   Working graduate

           ‘At school I was already very interested in politics: I participated in the Model European

  your     Parliament and other debating events. After a year of studying business, I felt I needed
           a broader perspective and challenge so I enrolled in IRIO. My interest in international
           politics and economics fitted really well with this programme.

passion    I would really encourage all IRIO students to expand their horizons, both within the
           University’s walls and outside them. Internships, studying abroad, a second Master’s
           degree and of course an active social life can really help you to discover your passion.
           I spent a semester studying in Sydney, Australia, which was a wonderful experience.
           At Clingendael I’m part of the International Energy Programme. We look at the
           geopolitical aspects of oil and gas markets, energy and sustainable development,
           and regulation of energy markets in the European Union. We also organize events for
           companies, non-governmental organizations and the government, related to energy.
           Working here has really opened a lot of doors for me!’


                      VWO                                                        HBO                                              X

 WITH A DUTCH VWO DIPLOMA                                  WITH A DUTCH HBO DIPLOMA                          NO DUTCH VWO OR HBO DIPLOMA?
 As a Dutch citizen, you may apply to IRIO                 As a Dutch citizen, you may also apply to         There is also the option of the colloquium
 with any VWO diploma. A good command                      IRIO with a HBO propaedeutic certificate.         doctum, or university entrance examination.
 of English is an additional requirement.                  A good command of English is an additional        This is an alternative open to students who
 Take notice that the programme has a                      requirement. Take notice that the                 are 21 years or older and do not meet the
 numerus fixus.                                            programme has a numerus fixus.                    aforementioned requirements. For more
                                                                                                             information on the application and
                                                                                                             admission procedures, visit the websites
                                                                                                             listed below.

                                                                                   Tuition fee and other costs

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 (about application and admission)
› (FAQs related to admission)
                                                                   2               For IRIO the tuition fee depends on your personal situation.
                                                                                   Generally, if you are a citizen of an EEA country and live in the
                                                                                   Netherlands the fee will be around €1,713 a year. If not, it is around
                                                                                   €6,900. Check the website for details. In addition to the tuition fee,
                                                                                   you will approximately spend another €400 on books and other
                                                                                   study materials each year. In case you already have a Bachelor’s
                                                                                   degree of a Dutch university or Dutch HBO, you will be charged a
› (practical information Dutch students)                      higher tuition fee. If you pay the statutory tuition fee and you take
› (application Dutch students)                               too long to complete your degree, you will be fined 3,000 euro, on
› (financial assistance Dutch students)                                 top of the tuition fee.

 Because of the large number of students interested in the programme,
 IRIO has a fixed quota (numerus fixus). This means that if more than
 240 apply, there will be a ballot. Therefore, it is necessary to apply before
 15 May (for non-EEA students 15 April) via Studielink.

 As an international student from the European Economic Area (EEA),
 in principle you are eligible if you also qualify for university education
 in your own country (for example a German Abitur or an International


Would you like to have more information about this programme or               Student for a Day
others? We invite you to visit one of our information events.                 On Friday 25 november 2011 and Friday 6 april 2012 at
                                                                              International Relations and International Organization
Information Day                                                               › For prospective students who have almost made up their minds
Friday, 4 November 2011; registering in time is compulsory                    › Intensive programme at one degree programme
› All Bachelor’s programmes, including IRIO                                   › The programme depends on the degree programme: lecture, tutorial,
› In and around the Academy building, city centre Groningen                     or practical
› Each programme gives a short presentation                                   › Many other degree programmes organize a Student for a day
› Talks on housing, student life, etc.                                          programme, but not all degree programmes
› Student Activity Fair                                                       › Register with the degree programme itself, via

Open Day on Location                                                          More information is available at, or from the
Friday, 17 February 2012; registering in time is compulsory                   Communication Office at (31) (050) 363 9011.
› All Bachelor’s programmes, including IRIO
› Visit programmes on location                                                Enrolment
› Learn about one or two programmes                                           Students may enrol directly at Studielink is
› Lecture, representative class, tour of the facilities, information booths   an online service for higher education in the Netherlands, including
                                                                              information on financial assistance. You should enrol for the Bachelor
Last Minute Groningen, Information Day                                        Internationale Betrekkingen en Internationale Organisatie (Dutch
Friday, 8 June 2012                                                           name). For more information visit
› Morning programme in the Academy building
› Information for students in the event that they do not win a place in
  the IRIO programme
› Workshops on how to choose the programme that fits you best,
  information booth
› Afternoon programme: current students and faculty members will be
  available to answer questions


 Friday, 4 November 2011                        For questions about enrolment,       International Relations and International
 Information day                                financial matters, etc.              Organization on the Internet
                                                University Student Desk    
 From November 2011                             +31 (0)50 363 80 04
 Dutch student enrolment at                            Enrolment via                     
                                                                                     Helpdesk Studielink +31 (0)88 424 76 00
 For ‘numerus fixus’ degree programmes          For questions about on-site events
 like IRIO the enrolment deadline is 15 April   Communication Office
 for international applicants and 15 May for    +31 (0)50 363 90 11
 Dutch students.                      
 Friday, 25 November 2011
 Student for a Day                              For questions about the programme
                                                Student advisers IRIO
 Friday, 17 February 2012                       Niels Kosterman, Renate Huttinga,
 Open Day on Location                           Dieneke Niks
                                                +31 (0)50 363 89 86
 Friday, 6 April 2012                 
 Student for a Day                    

 15 April 2012
 Deadline for international applicants

 15 May 2012
 Deadline for Dutch applicants

 Friday, 4 June 2012
 Last Minute Groningen, Information Day

 August 2012
 General orientation week (KEI week),
 presentations by representatives of student
 associations and tours of the Faculties

 Monday, 3 September 2012
 Official start of the academic year

Naast deze en andere voorlichtingsbrochures over opleidingen
geeft de RUG ook de algemene gids Studeren in Groningen uit.
Daarin vind je een korte omschrijving van alle 54 bachelor-
opleidingen van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en informatie over
de aansluitende masters. Daarnaast geeft de gids informatie over
toelating, aanmelding, huisvesting, studentenleven en meer.
Je kunt de gids en brochures over andere opleidingen bestellen



August 2011
  35          Colophon Publication Communication Office, University of Groningen Text Simon van Woerden Lay-out In Ontwerp Photos Elmer Spaargaren, Michel de Groot

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