Radboud University is among the top one percent of universities in the world.

What’s more, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to two professors connected to Radboud University.

Radboud is the best traditional, general university in the Netherlands, according to the Dutch university information guide – KeuzegidsUniversiteiten 2020 (for bachelor’s programmes) and has won this award 8 times in 9 years. It also ranked 24th in THE European Teaching Ranking 2019; 105th in the ARWU / Shanghai 2020 Rankings, 128th in THE World University Ranking 2020, and 217th in QS 2020.

Radboud is home to international students from 100 countries and offers them 14 bachelor’s and 35 master’s programmes. Across its 7 faculties, teachers and researchers from over 50 countries explore all domains of science.

The International Office of Radboud University provides special pre-arrival services for international students who are enrolling in an English-taught programme, including visa, housing, insurance and social activities. So there is no need to worry about finding accommodation, as Radboud assists you in it. Also, the university offers a free Dutch course to each international student.

Radboud is based in the oldest city in the Netherlands – Nijmegen. With its state-of-the-art infrastructure, Radboud’s green campus breeds openness, collaboration, and shared ambition, and strives to be a sustainable campus. It houses modern faculties, buildings, facilities and beautiful green surroundings.

Study experience and research

Quality, connection and personal contact are central to Radboud University.

Professors at Radboud take a personal approach to teaching, giving students opportunities to learn from, and work side-by-side with, world-class researchers. Seminars are small and interactive, and professors are easily approachable, which means students will get the most out of their time there.

International students can choose from around 50 English taught master’s and bachelor’s programmes, with multiple specialisations in each. In many cases, students have the choice to custom-make their own programme, so students can be sure they are learning about, and researching topics that they are passionate about.

A diploma from Radboud carries weight beyond the Netherlands. On completion, students will have earned a diploma from an outstanding university in an outstanding university system. They will be equipped with critical skills and practical insights for successful employment in their field.

Radboud invests in unique research facilities of international significance. Examples are the combination of magnets and lasers for materials research at HFML¬ FELIX and brain scan facilities for research at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, as well as the wealth of research opportunities offered by the Catholic Documentation Centre and the university library’s special collections. All research at Radboud University takes place in its research institutes.


The city of Nijmegen is a safe and friendly place with a rich social and cultural life. Situated close to the German border, Nijmegen lies on the banks of the river Waal, a branch of the Rhine.

From Roman ruins to architecture from the Dutch golden age and beyond, students can find this city steeped in history and culture.

It’s not just the rich cultural history that Nijmegen has to offer. A large number of students, numerous events and festivals, unique hot spots and cosy restaurants all add up to unprecedented liveliness in the city. Students can go to the city beach next to the river Waal, or relax at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and much more.

Students can take advantage of Nijmegen’s great location and wonderful transit connections. Major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Brussels are just a train ride away and via the many nearby airports, they are well connected to the rest of Europe. Students can also explore their own backyard by foot or bike, riding through the flat fields, or hiking in the hills around the city.

A recent survey found that local people regard students as enriching to their city and find them friendly and lively. The students themselves appreciate the green surroundings and the many opportunities that the city offers for relaxation and entertainment. It’s not for nothing that Nijmegen was European Green Capital in 2018.