A Brexit boom in new RUG students has pushed application figures up by 25 percent
The University of Groningen (RUG) is so popular with the coming first-year students that it may not be able to cope, reports the UKrant. Rector Magnificus Cisca Wijma reportedly made the statement at a meeting of the universities council on Thursday of last week. The RUG has taken the opportunity to also announce that’blended learning’ (with online lectures and smaller seminar groups and workshops) will come in from the next academic year to make sure that everyone that wants to study at the University has to also be in the Groningen.
The number of pre-registrations in Groningen is already 25 percent higher than last year, says Wijma, and the RUG cannot cope with this influx.
The number of students at the RUG rose to a record high last September (the current academic year). A total of 36,023 students were enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree in October. At that time, that was already almost 10 percent more than last academic year.
Enrollment only for people in Groningen
One of the ways to keep the number of registrations in check is for the RUG to only register students that will actually live in Groningen. A room in Groningen is therefore compulsory, which is difficult to find even if you already live and study here.