Ten reasons to study in Radboud University
1. International recognition
You will be studying at the fastest rising Dutch university in the international university rankings. Moreover, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to a professor connected to Radboud University. You will be studying at a truly excellent institution.
2. Personal approach
Our personal style of teaching offers you plenty of opportunity to work closely with leading researchers and excellent teachers in interactive, small seminars, ensuring a high-quality Master's degree. Teachers and professors are easily approachable to discuss your study subjects.
3. Extensive freedom of choice
You decide which specialisation and subject choice is most appropriate for you. We offer you a great deal of choice and in many cases, you can put together your own made-to-measure programme based on your own interests. This has resulted in stimulating research and interesting study choices.
4. Excellent services
Radboud strives for the highest quality, also with its services. This has even been acknowledged by the European Commission, who recently stated that Radboud University has an impressive range of activities for outgoing and incoming students and a high sense of concern for quality'.
5. Valuable diploma
After successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a Master's degree from an outstanding university and you will have gained critical skills and an insight into research and practice within your own subject area.
6. Build a valuable network
By studying at Radboud University, you ensure yourself of the opportunity to build a powerful professional network of valuable contacts. Naturally, you become part of our alumni network to stay closely connected to your fellow classmates and professors.
7. Career prospects
As a student, you will benefit from the presence of numerous Dutch and international companies and institutions, such as NXP and the Radboud Medical Center. After graduation, you will have a strong, clearly identifiable professional profile for the job market, increasing your chances of finding employment.
8. Historically and culturally rich city
Studying in Nijmegen means living in the oldest city of the Netherlands, where you can find Roman ruins and modern architecture side by side.
9. Greenest campus in the Netherlands
The Radboud campus in Nijmegen is considered to be the greenest and most beautiful in the Netherlands. Also, it is one of the very few study locations in the Netherlands where you can live on campus.
10. Prime location
You can take advantage of the favourable location of Nijmegen. Major cities in the Netherlands are just a train ride away and via Düsseldorf Weeze Airport (Ryanair), only 40 minutes away by bus, you are well connected to the rest of Europe.
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.
Radboud University Nijmegen is home to several research institutions, including Institute for Management Research (IMR), NanoLab Nijmegen, Donders Centre for Cognition and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging.
QS World University Rankings ranked the university 136th in the world in 2012/13.
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!
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.