Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands
"I can definitely say that I made a right choice by opting for Groningen as my host university! Although the general workload might seem a bit on the higher side, it helped me a lot to be absolutely prepared for the Euroculture Intensive Programme, and be thoroughly confident about its presentation-style. Another beneficial thing about studying in Groningen is the importance it gives to one-to-one feedbacks at every stage of writing assignments -- something that guides people throughout the semester, and not merely at the end of it!"
- Arnab Dutta, second semester Groningen student 2015-2017
The University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, is a renowned research university. It is placed in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU, the Times Higher Education and the QS World University ranking lists. The MA Euroculture is offered by the Faculty of Arts.
The geographical focus of the Faculty of Arts is Europe, North-America and East-Asia, which is reflected in the Canadian Studies Centre, the Mexican Studies Centre, Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen and the Centre for Japan Studies. The close collaboration between the University of Groningen and the University of Osaka was given a boost in 2005 with the establishment of the Osaka University Office for Overseas Education and Research.
The University of Groningen is the coordinator and secretariat of the Euroculture consortium. Robert Wagenaar is the chair of the consortium.
The academic and research focus of the Euroculture programme at the University of Groningen centers is on the notion of cultural identity and its relation to European integration in all its dimensions. Concepts such as “Europeanisation” and “Citizenship” are debated. Trans-Atlantic relations and European-Asian relations feature prominently in Groningen too.
In the second semester Euroculture in Groningen offers two research seminars: one focuses on a comparison of integration processes between Europe and Asia (“Changing power configurations in the 21ste century: Integration processes in East Asia and in Europe”), the other, taking cultural analysis as point of view, on representations and constructions of European identity in a globalized context (“Fortress Europe”: a prison house of representation?).
The thesis topics are not limited to these geographical areas though, nor to a particular perspective. Thesis topics cover a wide geographical area and a large variety of dimensions, but always closely related to the interest and expertise of the students (European culture, history, politics, foreign relations, literature, arts, European law, religion, sociology). Necessarily, every thesis has an interdisciplinary character. Since the start of the exchange programme with the four Euroculture partner institutions outside Europe, it has become clearly noticeable that this experience has an important bearing on the choice of the thesis topics.
The academic culture in Groningen focuses on active learning and research-driven learning. Although students take responsibility for their learning process, there is also much guidance and feedback given by Euroculture staff on work in progress. Students work hard, and are generally satisfied with the knowledge and skills gained by the end of the semester. The number of contact hours is typically limited to 10-12 hours per week, as to enable students to work independently on their own projects and research. Students are encouraged to actively participate in class. Dutch academic culture is non-hierarchical and relationships between teachers and students are rather informal.
University departments connected to the MA programme Euroculture
Departments of History, International Relations/International Organisation, Arts, Culture and Media, European Law, and American Studies.
Starting date of the academic year
First Monday of September
- Name of Institution: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
- Name of the degree awarded: Master of Arts in Euroculture
- Accredited by: NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie-organisatie)
Shanghai ARWU 2016: 72
Times Higher Education 2016-2017: 80
QS Top Universities 2016-2017: 113
Estimation per month (housing, food, other expenses): €700-€800
Euroculture department & Consortium secretariat
Faculty of Arts, Harmony Building, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26
P.O. Box 716, NL-9700 AS Groningen