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?
Do you believe you can help to further develop our world into a sustainable society? Then Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning may be the right choice for you
Why is unemployment higher in some regions than others? What are the social and economic consequences in depopulating areas? How do you deal with different institutions to plan and build new residential areas? Human geographers investigate society in a spatial context. Our students learn to focus on spatial differences because social phenomena happen in specific places, at specific times and with specific impacts.
In the first year you will be introduced to all themes within the fields of Human Geography & Urban and Regional 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 internship in a related field. There are also possibilities to visit an international university and follow related courses. Finally, you will write your Bachelor's thesis to prove that you acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to become a human geographer and/or urban and regional planner.
If you want to study Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, Groningen is the perfect choice. The strength of the programme lies in its combination of five fields: Economic Geography, Real Estate Studies, Population Studies, Cultural Geography and Planning. There is an open atmosphere and it is easy to contact other students and lecturers.
The Faculty of Spatial Sciences takes a small-scale approach and we help our students to learn how to work independently. You will be assigned to a mentor group together with other first-year students whom you will get to know very well. Your mentor is a senior student who can teach you all the ins and outs of our faculty. You will also be assigned a tutor with whom you can discuss your study progress.
- Language test: only for international students: Comparable to English IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT80. Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.
- Matching procedure: Dutch students are obligated to fill out the question form which is part of the matching procedure. When the advice gives reason to, the student is asked to do a home assignment. When asked, this is obligatory. International students are selected by the Admissions Board of the Programme.
- Previous education: Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma, if not students should have an international degree equivalent to a Dutch pre-university (vwo) degree.
- Other admission requirements: When you want to take a Colloquium Doctum (a 21+ test), please contact the Study Advisor
€ 2.006 EU students
€ 8.200 non EU students
BSc in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning
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