Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

Have you ever thought about what connects the past with the present? And would you like to learn more about the background to various historic events? If so, this is your programme!

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
volledig Dutch
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

As a student in the international track of the Bachelor's degree programme in History, you search for explanations of events that took place in the past and are still relevant today. You learn about the connections between various developments, and you're encouraged to dig deeper and ask critical questions.

The programme takes three years. In the first year, you are given an overview of history from Antiquity to the present day, and you study Dutch history. In the second year, you examine history on the basis of various themes, such as economic and social history, political culture and cultural history. The third year, which includes a course unit on the theory of history, is used to deepen your knowledge. Your Bachelor's programme is rounded off with a thesis. As a history student, you are free to compile part of the programme yourself.

You can study for a Bachelor's degree in History on a full-time or a part-time basis, but there is no specific part-time programme. All classes in the international track of the History programme are in English.

Deze opleiding heeft meerdere vormen :

Waarom aan de University of Groningen?

  • The Bachelor's degree programme in History at Groningen is one of the largest in the Netherlands, offering students plenty of choice.
  • The programme came second in the Elsevier Student Survey 2016.
  • The curriculum covers all the major periods and pays specific attention to the cohesion between politics, culture and economics.


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1e jaar In the first year, chronological course units cover the most important events and developments from Antiquity down to the present day. You will also work on your academic research and writing skills and learn about historical sources and the theories behind the study of history. In short, the first year is very diverse and gives you a solid basis for the rest of the programme.
Workshop Public History
Globalization I: Econ. and Soc. History
5 EC
HR I: Introduction
5 EC
Ancient History
5 EC
Globalization II: Contemporary History
5 EC
HR II: Skills
5 EC
Medieval History
5 EC
HR III: Historical Debate
5 EC
Dutch History
5 EC
Early Modern History
5 EC
HR IV: Sources
5 EC
Modern History
5 EC
Regional Perspectives
5 EC
2e jaar After studying history in a chronological order in the first year, the second year teaches you to approach history from a thematic perspective. You will learn about three 'types' of history, each with its own emphasis and theory: cultural history, history of political culture, and economic and social history.
Option group: see Ocasys
5 EC
Theme Cultural History
10 EC
Theme History of Political Culture
10 EC
Perspectives on History
5 EC
5 EC
Theme Economic and Social History
10 EC
Seminar Core Module
10 EC
Theory of History I
5 EC
3e jaar In the third year you will address one of these themes in more detail. The core module forms the heart of this third year. A core module is a seminar in which you acquire content-related information and research skills by studying literature and source material. This results in an independent research project with a presentation and a long paper. Your Bachelor's phase concludes with a thesis and possibly a placement.
30 EC
Theory of History II
5 EC
BA Thesis History afstuderen
10 EC
10 EC


minor Minors

The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor.


taal van onderwijs100% en
100% nl
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
literature study, internship, research project, tutorial, lecture, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, integration module, project
study guidance
study abroad
exchange programs
  • Diverse universiteiten in België, Bulgarije, Denemarken, Duitsl Uitwisselingsprogramma's - Europa
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  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.
N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

honours-/excellence program University of Groningen Honours College

The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

The Honours College comprises a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 8450
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8900

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
hbo-pAdditional requirements English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


509 studenten volgen deze opleiding
33% daarvan is vrouw
175 eerstejaars gestart in 2018
46% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de University of Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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Ubbo Emmius
GHD Ubbo Emmius is the study association for students of history at the University of Groningen. Ubbo Emmius offers both study related assistance and organises extracurricular activities (both leisure and study related).
Members of Ubbo Emmius get discounts on textbooks and organised events. Also, Ubbo is a great way to meet your fellow history students outside of the lecture hall.
On top of that, it is possible to become a member of one (or several) of our committees. Or you can apply for a position on the board! Doing this will give you an insight in managing a study association, such as organising lectures or career events.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Student Ambassador Reinder Klinkhamer
Since my childhood I have always been fascinated with the past

About ReinderMy name is Reinder Klinkhamer, I am 20 years old and I just started my third year studying History. Two years ago, I moved from Meppel (a small town in South-West Drenthe) to Groningen to study here. Besides my hobbies (medieval re-enactment and playing the accordion), I am also active in the study association GHD Ubbo Emmius. Last year, I also started the following a course on 16 th and 17 th - century writing and Russian language proficiency courses...
My later hobby of re-enactment certainly intensified my interest. It hence comes as no surprise that from high school on, I planned to become a History teacher. After successfully completing the History course web classes offered by the RUG and having participated in the matching day I knew with certainty that I wanted to study History.Read more about Reinder Klinkhamer and why she chose to study History in Groningen!

Questions? Send Reinder an e-mail!

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Student Ambassador Iris Leussink
In Groningen, the curriculum offers a lot of room for specialising in and focusing on the fields you are interested in, which really attracted me to the programme

About IrisHey there! My name is Iris, I’m 20 years old and a second-year History student. I follow the international track of the History programme, so I do all my courses in English. I am originally from Utrecht, but now I live together with two of my friends in Groningen. Next to my university course I am also part of the Honours programme, and I am quite active in the History study association, GHD Ubbo Emmius, where I am currently in the Study Committee. I also really like sports, in the last year I have really enjoyed running, playing beach-volleyball, and swimming...
To give you an illustration of my struggle in figuring things out; over the years I have considered Business/Management, Political Science, Linguistics, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. In the end, after attending many orientation events, I stopped asking myself which path would be the most profitable, and started asking myself “what do I like to study the most?” And the answer was History (and English, I wasn’t that decisive yet). But there are many reasons beyond that as to why I chose to study History. Other interests of mine are gender studies and international relations, which I thought would both work really well combined with History, which luckily turned out to be the case! In that sense, History is a rather broad subject. You can specialise in countless subfields (e.g. cultural history, political history), eras (e.g. the Hellenistic period, the Late Middle Ages), and areas. In Groningen, the curriculum offers a lot of room for specialising in and focusing on the fields you are interested in, which really attracted me to the programme. Next to that, I found that studying History offers a wide variety of job prospects; whether you want to make a career as a researcher, politician, teacher, or whether you want to work for a national government, international organisation, or company, studying History will be a good start to any of those careers, and many more.Read more about Iris Leussink and why she chose to study History in Groningen!

Questions? Send Iris an e-mail!

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Anne van Boven
On the History programme you learn to view present and past problems from different perspectives.

History is a broad programme that you can tailor to your own interests. This freedom of choice is the reason that I decided to study History. My interest lies in contemporary history, and most of my course units are international in outlook. I don't think it's possible to understand contemporary problems without knowing their history. On the History programme you learn to view present and past problems from different perspectives.

Alongside my studies, I have served on a number of committees and served for a year on the board of the study association for History students...
In that period I acquired a number of skills that will be most valuable in my future career. In the History programme there are numerous opportunities to further challenge yourself. You can follow a minor of your interest or do a placement. I am going to study in Mexico for six months. As long as you make an effort, you will have loads of opportunities.

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Marit Berends
You need an enquiring mind and wide-ranging interests

I chose History because I've always been interested in stories about the past. As a History student you learn to write well, to distinguish between main and secondary issues, and to view things from different perspectives. We read and write a lot during the degree programme, which teaches us to process and summarize large amounts of information very quickly. Studying the past helps me to understand the world we live in today..

For example, I have always been actively involved in the study association and the Faculty student association, and I followed the Honours programme because I wanted more of a challenge. The degree programme in History offers lots of options. I followed a Bachelor’s placement at the University Museum in my third year. Placements are nice, not only because they enable you to put your acquired skills into practice, but also because they give you a look behind the scenes of a company.

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Erik Dijkstra
werkzaam als reporter/presenter
Genuinely curious

History was one of my favourite subjects in secondary school. It suited me perfectly because it was so wide-ranging. I like to try a bit of everything, which is why I decided to study History. I was 18 when I left Enschede for Groningen, because the University of Groningen offered a degree programme in Journalism. In the end I decided to stick with History, although I did follow as many electives as I could on photography, film and television.

The most important thing I learned in my studies that I still use today is the ability to select core issues...
I am always looking for news. Genuine curiosity, that is what all History students have in common. To prospective students I would like to say: When choosing your degree programme, get to know yourself first! Ask yourself what you enjoy most!

lees verder ...


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

History aan de University of Groningen is beoordeeld door 168 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After completing your degree in History, you will be able to think critically, with a focus on problems. You will also be able to process large amounts of information and present the results clearly. Historians often find work in journalism and in museums, cultural institutions or publishing houses. Many of them go into politics, the government or business.
current job market
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€ 1962gemiddeld bruto maandloon
39%kans op een vaste baan
11%kans op een voltijd baan
35%kans op een baan op niveau
24%spreekt van "goede aansluiting arbeidsmarkt"
78%is tevreden over de studiekeuze

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Student Ambassador Iris Leussink

Student Ambassador

Student Ambassador Reinder Klinkhamer

Student Ambassador

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