Radboud University challenges its students to actively participate in the academic community and trains them to be critical and committed academics, with their own views regarding scholarship and society, who will take up responsible positions in a society which is becoming increasingly internationalised.
The universityís academic staff come from all over the world, and a large proportion of our student population has spent at least some months studying at a university abroad.
Radboud University aspires to quality. Internationalisation plays a major role in the quality of our teaching, research and service provision. These are the three pillars on which we are building towards a leading position in the international academia.
Our research will only excel if we operate in international partnerships. Our teaching thrives on international exchanges of students and staff. The services we provide are designed to make our international staff and students feel welcome and at home in our academic community. Our international campus reinforces the community spirit and provides facilities for students and top researchers from all over the world.
For the last 90 years, the university has been building up contacts with partner institutions. Our network now comprises hundreds of universities from every corner of the globe. In addition, Radboud University is the founding father of a European network of research universities: IRUN. Together, we achieve international breakthroughs in research and are ready to respond to the demands of an increasingly globalised labour market.
NVAO is entrusted by law (the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act) to accredit all existing Bachelorís and Masterís degree courses and to validate new study programmes at government-funded institutions of higher education and at institutions approved (but not funded) by the Dutch government. Institutions that have neither government funding nor approval can apply for accreditation of post-initial Masterís degree courses.
With regard to the nature of accreditation in higher education, the Netherlands and Flanders (Flemish-speaking Belgium) have opted for accreditation at the level of study programmes. NVAO has laid down accreditation frameworks for this purpose for Flanders and the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands and in Flanders, accreditation is a precondition for government funding of a Bachelorís or Masterís degree programme, for the right to award recognised diplomas and, in the Netherlands, to grant financial assistance to students. In the context of the internationalisation of education and the labour market, accreditation provides for an equivalence of quality assurance in higher education.
Radboud University Nijmegen offers a number of outstanding facilities which makes it increasingly easy for foreign students to study in Nijmegen:
All the University buildings, lecture rooms, facilities, research institutes and the University Hospital are situated together on the former Heyendael estate. The University Library covers the whole campus. Apart from the Central Library there are six further locations. The campus libraries are designed in such a way that it offers not only a place to find a book but also a quiet and modern place to study, meet in groups or enjoy chat in the lounge. The University Library offers an ultimate study environment.
The University Sports Centre is located in almost the centre of the Campus territory. It offers more than 70 types of sports activities to choose from as a course (2 month period) or join for a class. Sports activities range from football, swimming, rowing, tennis, squash to sports such as pole dancing, horseback riding, kickboxing and many more.
Students at Radboud University are very eager to promote international contacts. They also realise that when foreign students come to Nijmegen it is essential for them to feel at home. Foreign students are therefore cordially invited to participate on a fully equal basis in a number of student organisations.
An academic study should naturally include general, social and cultural education, but also plenty of opportunities for relaxation. These can be found at one of the many social clubs! The social clubs atmosphere and activities are quite diverse, so there is something for everyone. All the Nijmegen social clubs are mixed; the debating societies may be either male- or female-only.
Most studies have a study- or faculty club. Becoming a member of such a club is a pleasant and efficient way to deepen and broaden ones knowledge. In addition to this, it is an easy way to get to know ones fellow students. As a member of a study- or faculty club you can often get study books, or go on excursions, at a discount. In addition, there are study trips to go on, and seminars and lectures to attend. Of course there are also parties, get-togethers and galas on a regular basis.
For those who are interested in politics or ideology, there is every opportunity to find the club of their choice In Nijmegen, there are four ideological associations that together have some 200 members of various religious convictions. Socialising, making friends and doing things together are most important. Besides this, the members feel it is important to give meaning and expression to their religious convictions.
Do you like to tango? Would you like to make films, write for cabaret or play in an orchestra? All these things are possible in a cultural society. There are over 15 cultural societies, ensuring that you can get all the cultural enjoyment you need.
Culture on Campus
The University is not just for lectures: you can also become acquainted with art and culture. Besides musical performances, cabaret nights and discussion programmes on the CultuurCafé stage, as well as movies, there are also lunch performances, and a daily opportunity to enjoy various exhibitions. Moreover, Culture on the Campus organises festivals in various parts of the campus, as well as working together with the study clubs of Radboud University and the various stages in town.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Radboud University!