Radboud University Nijmegen

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Institution Profile

Radboud University Nijmegen

Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands with a strong focus on research. Renowned for its green campus in the oldest city of the Netherlands, it enrolls over 19,000 students in 107 study programmes, of which 2 Bachelor’s tracks and 32 Master’s programmes are fully taught in English. The University has an international focus, with more than 10% of students coming from abroad.

Nobel prize

Radboud is the fastest rising Dutch University in the major international rankings, and in 2011, we held the 138th place in the QS World Universities Ranking and position 159 in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. In 2010, two professors connected to Radboud University won the Nobel Prize for Physics. Professor Konstantin Novoselov and Professor Andre Geim won the prize for their research into the properties of graphene, the thinnest material in the world.

Teaching and research with a personal touch

The strength of the university lies in its personal approach. The campus is a close-knit community where academics from different faculties often work together in cross-disciplinary teams. All students receive individual guidance from top researchers and their studies are directly integrated with the work done at the university’s 17 research institutes. This offers unique opportunities to undergraduates, postgraduates, and doctoral candidates alike.

International network

Our academics are at the forefront of international research. This is one of the reasons why an increasing number of students and scientists from other countries choose to study and work in Nijmegen. We have over eighty nationalities on campus, both students and staff. The university has 86 bilateral agreements with other universities and 530 exchange agreements with EU partners (Erasmus programme). We were the initiator of the International Research Universities Network (IRUN), a cooperative venture involving ten European universities.

Nijmegen, a student-friendly city

Nijmegen is a true university city with a variety of restaurants and cafés. The cultural centre LUX – the largest art house cinema in the Netherlands – also offers theatre, music, debate, and multimedia. The city is the oldest city in the Netherlands, dating back to Roman times. Today, it has some 165,000 inhabitants, 30,000 of whom are students.

Students appreciate the many opportunities that the city offers for relaxation and entertainment. Nijmegen offers many cultural activities, from numerous museums, galleries, theatre, a concert hall and cinemas to happenings such as the International Four Days Marches with the International Summer Festival, the Limburg Medieval Festival, the Samba and Salsa Festival, Rockin’ Park Festival. It is a safe, friendly place to live and study.

Guaranteed accommodation

International students can expect to receive a warm welcome. Radboud University guarantees housing for students following a Master’s degree programme if you apply for admission before 1 April (for non-EEA students) or 1 May (for EEA students).

You will live either in a student complex, which are large flats that have rooms exclusively for students, or in a private house, in which the landlady or landlord rents out rooms. Most rooms are located within a few kilometres from the university, and can easily be reached by bus or bicycle. The rooms are furnished, and you will share kitchen and bathroom facilities with up to 15 other students.

Before the start of your programme, you can take part in the Orientation, introducing international students to the university, the city, its students and its other inhabitants.

Cheap to live there?

Expect to spend a minimum of 730 euros per month on living expenses. Furnished accommodation costs 360 to 500 euros including gas, electricity and internet. Count on 350 euros for food, clothing, personal care and travelling and 20 euros for your phone bill. Books and photocopies cost 200 to 300 euros per semester. 

More information

www.ru.nl/masters/ for information on our Master’s programmes

www.ru.nl/bachelors/ for information on our Bachelor's programmes

Subjects offered at Undergraduate level
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business/Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Communications/Media
  • Economics
  • Humanities
  • Psychology
Subjects offered at Postgraduate level
  • Administration
  • Anthropology
  • Area Studies
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business/Management
  • Communications/Media
  • Computing/Information Technology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Geography
  • Health/Para-medical Studies
  • History/Archaeology
  • Humanities
  • International Relations/Studies/Affairs
  • Languages
  • Law/Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine/Medical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology/Social Studies
  • Theology/Religion
  • Urban Planning
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