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Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning

University of Groningen

Bachelor Undergraduate Groningen

Course description

Qualification Bachelor of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary Are you interested in the world around you? Are you fascinated by maps? Do you dare to ask critical questions about the world that you are living in?
Course description Do you believe you can help to further develop our world into a sustainable society? Then Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning (in Dutch: Sociale Geografie en Planologie) may be the right choice for you.Why is unemployment higher in some regions than others? What are the social and economic consequences of depopulating areas? How do you deal with different institutions to plan and build new residential areas? You will learn to investigate society in a spatial context and focus on spatial differences because social phenomena happen in specific places, at specific times and have specific impacts. You can use this knowledge to create and develop new ideas to improve the current and future societal landscape, within a broad scope of topics (e.g. labour markets, global development, migration, governance, cultural heritage). In the first year you will be introduced to all themes within the fields of Human Geography & Planning. In the second year, the programme continues to deepen your knowledge and improve your skills. In the third year you are allowed to partly fill in your own programme. You can follow courses provided by our faculty but you can also take a Minor or do an int
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Course objectives -
ECTS credits 180.00
Duration 36 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research project, excursion, tutorial, lecture, group assignment, individual assignment, practicum, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department faculty of Spatial Sciences
Information about the institution Students and researchers from all over the world come to Groningen to expand their own boundaries as well as those of academia.


Admission requirements
  1. Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methods level subject (VWO level A) in your secondary school education. If not you will be asked to proof the level of mathematics, for instance by taking a math test.
  2. Students with an international diploma should have an international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (VWO) degree. See: Contact the Admissions Office when you have questions (
  3. * IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 on each section * TOEFL: minimum overall score 80 (reading: 18, listening: 18, speaking: 20, writing: 21) * Cambridge English C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency (formerly known as: CAE / CPE): minimum score of 169 * University Language Center Test with a minimum score of B2 on each section. More information: * An exemption can be given by the Admission Board. See also:
Language requirements
Professional experience required -
Duration 36 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 May 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 May 2021 1 May 2021
1 Sep 2022 1 May 2022 1 May 2022
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143€ 9500€ 8600

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.



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Contact information for the study programme

Saskia Enuma

Study Advisor

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Telephone number +31 (0) 50 36 33906
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