Human Geography and Planning

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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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?

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

Do you believe you can help to further develop our world into a sustainable society? Then Human Geography & Planning may be the right choice for you.

Why is unemployment higher in some regions than others? What are the social and economic consequences of depopulating areas? How do you deal with different institutions to plan and build new residential areas? You will learn to investigate society in a spatial context and focus on spatial differences because social phenomena happen in specific places, at specific times and have specific impacts. You can use this knowledge to create and develop new ideas to improve the current and future societal landscape, within a broad scope of topics (e.g. labour markets, global development, migration, governance, cultural heritage).

In the first year you will be introduced to all themes within the fields of Human Geography & 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.

Waarom aan de RUG?

If you want to study Human Geography 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.


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opbouwFor more information about the courses in this programme, please visit:
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1e jaar
Urbanism and Planning (SP)
10 EC
Reflecting on Human Geography and Spatial Planning
5 EC
Economic Geography
10 EC
Statistics 1
5 EC
Introduction to Academic Research
5 EC
Population Geographies
10 EC
Geographic Information Systems
10 EC
Rural-Urban Relations
5 EC
2e jaar
Migration and Development
10 EC
Physical Geography
5 EC
Related Elective: Healthy Ageing, Geographies of the United States, Population and Development or Real Estate Principles
5 EC
People, Place and Culture
10 EC
Governance Dynamics (SP)
5 EC
Statistics 2
5 EC
Philosophy of Social Science
5 EC
Methods of Academic Research (HGP)
10 EC
5 EC
3e jaar
Minor or Optional Modules
30 EC
Planning Dynamics
5 EC
Geography, Planning and the European Union
5 EC
Bachelor's Project
15 EC
Fieldwork Abroad
5 EC


specialisatie University of Groningen Honours College

The Honours College gives talented, motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves even more.

Honours College offers an extra programme (Bachelor 45 ECTS - Master 15 ECTS) that is followed in addition to the regular Bachelor's or Master's degree programme. You can participate without paying extra tuition fees. The main aim of the Honours programme is to develop talent and initiative!


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
30% theorie
20% praktijk
literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research project, excursion, tutorial, lecture, group assignment, individual assignment, practicum, self study
study guidance
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. A mentor is a senior student who can teach you all the ins and outs of our faculty. The Faculty has three study advisors, who can think along when you experience difficulties when studying, personal issues or when in need of more information about your studies.
You will be able to use our Career Services during your programme. For more information:

study abroad
Every year dozens students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences go on exchange with a foreign university to take electives and/or write their thesis. The faculty has exchange arrangements with universities in Europe, New-Zealand and the USA.
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.
N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

exchange programs
  • University of Reading Erasmus - Groot Brittanie
  • University of Ulster, Coleraine Erasmus - Groot Brittanie
  • Leeds Metropolitan University Erasmus - Groot Brittanie
    geografie, planologie
  • University of Latvia, Riga Erasmus - Letland
  • Latvia University of Agriculture, Jelgava Erasmus - Letland
    geografie en planologie
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität, Wenen Erasmus - Oostenrijk
    economische geografie
  • Universidad de Zaragoza Erasmus - Spanje
    geografie, planologie
  • Humboldt Universität Erasmus - Duitsland
    geografie, planologie
  • Westfälische Wilhelms Universität, Münster Erasmus - Duitsland
    geografie, planologie
  • JWG Universität, Frankfurt Erasmus - Duitsland
    economische geografie
  • University of Pecs Erasmus - Hongarije
  • Eötvos Loránd University, Budapest Erasmus - Hongarije
  • University of Joensuu Erasmus - Finland
  • Universidad Nova de Lisboa Erasmus - Portugal
    geografie, planologie
  • University of Göteborg Erasmus - Zweden
  • Stockholm University Erasmus - Zweden
  • Lund University Erasmus - Zweden
  • Politechnio de Milano Erasmus - Italie
    geografie, planologie
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture, Versailles Erasmus - Frankrijk
  • University of Washington, Seattle Exchange - USA
    planologie, milieu
  • State University of New York at Geneseo Exchange - USA
    geografie, planologie
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha Exchange - USA
    geografie, planologie
  • University of Auckland Exchange - Nieuw-Zeeland
    geografie, planologie
  • Queen's University, Kingston Exchange - Canada
    geografie, planologie
  • Concordia University, Montreal Exchange - Canada
  • University of Calgary Exchange - Canada
  • University of California, Irvine NEURUS - USA
  • University of Florida, Gainesville NEURUS - USA
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign NEURUS - USA
  • Arizona State University, Phoenix NEURUS - USA

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
hbo-pYou only have access with a HBO-propedeuse when you have mathematics C and English on a VWO level. Please contact the study advisor ( for more information.

Students without English on a VWO level have to take a language test:

  • IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL: minimum overall score 80 (reading: 18, listening: 18, speaking: 20, writing: 21)
  • Cambridge English C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency (formerly known as: CAE / CPE): minimum score of 169

See the international tab if you have an international degree.

math test
Students should have a Dutch VWO diploma with at least Mathematics C. If this is not the case you will be asked to prove your level of mathematics by obtaining one of the accepted mathematics certificates. List of accepted mathematics tests:

See the international tab if you have an international degree.

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


300 studenten volgen deze opleiding
38% daarvan is vrouw
63 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
32% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta is the Faculty Association of Spatial Sciences
Becoming a member of Ibn Battuta means you can join the social drinks, foreign trips, lectures and all other activities organized by the Association. At these events you come into contact with students from all years, which is a great way to make friends that can last a lifetime! Ibn Battuta also organizes informative and career-focused activities. Our informative activities, such as lectures, In-Housedays and the Career Day will help you to orient on your future.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Learning Communities: visit to the North/South subway line in Amsterdam

First year bachelor student Arnout de Haan about the first Learning Community activity.

For our first Learning Community activity of the year we visited the North/South subway line in Amsterdam.A former project manager showed a short film about the plans for the North/South line and how this new subway should be realized. The beginning of the presentation showed that many economic and technical setbacks were faced during this project. All these setbacks have led to the planned opening of the North South line in 2018 (10 years later than initially planned!)...
We all got a helmet, a pair of boots and a jacket on for safety. After this we were shown a part of the subway line which still was still under construction. After the tour we got the opportunity to ask some questions and we made a nice group photo. As first year students this was a fun way to learn something relevant to our study programme and got an first impression about where we might end up later in the work field.Read more about the Learning Communities at Spatial Sciences.

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It is really interesting because it covers so many subjects

I initially chose to study European Languages and Cultures, but that wasn't the programme for me. I really liked Groningen and wanted to stay here, so I looked for a programme at this university that suited me better.The Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning is really interesting because it covers so many subjects...
It can be a lot of work to juggle the committees, studying and my job, but if you keep up with your reading and assignments, it is definitely doable to join things like committees. They are a lot of fun and you get to know a lot of people. It also helps you to learn new skills.

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Moving to the Netherlands was easier than I thought

My name is Zuzana, I am 20 years old and I come from Slovakia. I chose the University of Groningen because the city has a large international student population, which is always an advantage for someone coming from abroad. Most people here speak English, which is accommodating for internationals. Moving to the Netherlands was easier than I thought. I was able to get a room in one of the student accommodations where I share a building with people from all around the world. It is an amazing experience because I am exposed to many different cultures and manners...
The university offers a wide range of extracurricular activities and associations where I was able to meet new people and make friends. The faculty's student association organizes many events that create a welcoming environment for first-year students and unforgettable experiences. Groningen offers a diverse range of facilities that are student-friendly such as cheap sport centre memberships, lively bars and wild nightlife. From an academic perspective, Groningen has a variety of modern and comfortable study places like the Forum, University Library and many study cafés. No matter what type of student you are, you can certainly find your new home here.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography Planning often decide to pursue a Master's degree in a related field. Our Master's degrees grant you access to careers in business, government and research.

Suitable jobs can be found in the world of local planning and government agencies, academic and non-academic research institutes, international organizations (or NGOs), advisory/consultancy agencies and elsewhere. For example, we have alumni working for housing associations where they investigate which types of housing should be built in new residential areas given the prospected residents.

During the programme at the University of Groningen we offer support for your career preparation.

More information about the FSS Career Services.

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Potentiële beroepen

advisor spatial planning at a consultancy firm
high school geography teacher
project manager at a local government agency
bron: StudieData


Saskia Enuma

Study Advisor

T: 050 36 33906
student Hanna
Drs. Nienke Harteveld

Study Advisor

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