Matching and Selection Procedures

1. Matching

Matching is a method that is used by the University of Groningen to help students determine whether their chosen degree programme matches their abilities and expectations. It is compulsory for the following faculties and programmes:

  1. Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (with the exception of the Bachelor’s programme in Pedagogical Sciences )
  2. Faculty of Medical Sciences (Bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Sciences)
  3. Faculty of Law
  4. Faculty of Spatial Sciences (Bachelor’s programme in Spatial Planning and Design)
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering

Bachelor’s programs with selection procedures or numerus fixus are not included in programmes for which matching is mandatory. The deadline is 1 of May 2023 for registering as a first year student for the 2023/2024 academic year.

The procedures and dates of the matching activities differ for each degree programme, so check the matching page of your degree or faculty for the exact procedure, or contact the matching coordinator of the programme. You can find links for the above on the university website:

The dates about the matching activities for the year 2023/2024 will be shown in the beginning of 2023.

2. Selection Procedures

Programmes with Selection Procedures or “Numerus Fixus Programmes” are programmes for which you need to undergo a test or series of tests in order to be accepted to the programme. These programmes have a limited amount of places available for students, so apart of the admissions procedure (grades etc.), you also need to do well in the selection procedure, in order to secure a place.

You can find more information on the website of the RUG, as well as the blog of the RUG:

Programmes requiring a selection procedure (English-taught and Dutch-taught)

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  • 175 seats
  • Online test on your basic knowledge 
  • Maths test 
  • Portfolio.
  1. Biology
  • 250 seats
  • Online test on your basic knowledge 
  • Maths test 
  • Portfolio
  1. Biomedical Engineering
  • 125 seats
  • Online test on your basic knowledge 
  • Maths test 
  • Portfolio
  1. Computing Science
  • 200 seats.
  • Online test on your basic knowledge 
  • Maths test 
  • Portfolio
  • Option to participate in a training day before the test.
  1. Geneeskunde Dutch & Medicine English
  • 410 seats. 
  • Two tests (cognitive and noncognitive), selection day in Groningen (you will get homework beforehand)
  1. International Business
  • 550 seats. 
  • Submit grades, achievements and motivation letter
  • Online Webclass
  1. International Relations and International Organization
  • 300 seats
  • Submit grades, achievements and motivation letter
  1. Pharmacy 
  • 225 seats. 
  • Online test (you will get homework beforehand)
  • Submit portfolio
  1. Psychologie Dutch & Psychology English
  • 600 seats. 
  • Submit motivation letter 
  • Three online tests (you will get homework beforehand.)
  1. Tandheelkunde (in Dutch)
  • 48 seats. 
  • Two tests on the selection day in Groningen (you will get homework beforehand.)

Necessary Documents

  1. Check if your degree is recognized in Cyprus/Greece/country of origin

Some degrees are not directly recognized by the Greek or Cypriot Governments, and require further examinations in order to be licensed to practice and use your degree in each country respectively.

In Cyprus , the organization responsible for determining whether a degree will be recognized is KYSATS (KYΣΑΤΣ), and in Greece it is called DOATAP (ΔΟΑΤΑΠ).

Υou can refer to the links below which will lead to the website for each one respectively for more information.

For Greece :

For Cyprus:

  1. European Health Insurance Card

Before coming to stay in the Netherlands, it would be wise to issue an EHIC, which is a card issued free of charge , which gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare in the EU. This card is applicable for temporary stay in the Netherlands (including studying here), so if you are studying and not working here at the same time, yo9u can use this card instead of having Dutch Health Insurance.

In Cyprus, you can easily get this card at  (KEP or ΚΕΠΟ; Κέντρο Εξυπηρέτησης του Πολίτη, Citizen Service Centers) with an appointment.

In Greece, an application for the card can be made at the local Social Insurance Institute (IKA) or at a Citizen Service Centre (KEP). For more information on the procedure you can visit

  1. Passport, ID, Birth Certificate/ Necessary Documents 

For Cypriot students, travelling to the Netherlands with their ID is enough, so no passport is necessary. However, you do need either a passport or a birth certificate to register with the municipality.

For Greek Students it would be advisable to have a passport or a drivers license with you, since the Greek ID is not always recognized everywhere because it differs from standard European IDs. Passports or Birth Certificates are also needed when registering with the Municipality.