Welcome to the Honours College Social Association.
We are here to make sure your time at the Honours College Groningen is not only educational, but also fun. Be sure to check our upcoming activities!

Upcoming events

Office Hours – Every Thursday | 14:00 – 16:00 | Honours Tower

Note: due to the Winter Break the Office Hours will not occur every week. To see when they are held, please refer to the calendar on the right.

The Honours College programme of the University of Groningen is an additional programme on top of the regular Bachelor or Master programme. Here, motivated and talented students find the challenge they need. The Honours programmes stimulate personal and academic development. Students have many opportunities to carry out their own initiatives and ideas.

The Bachelor Honours programme has three parts to stimulate talent and interests: deepening, broadening and personal development. The deepening part gives the student the opportunity of getting more in-depth knowledge of their study subject, for example by carrying out own research or visiting interesting lectures and conferences. The broadening part is a university-wide programme and has less to do with the separate studies. The so-called “modules” are small courses organised by the faculties of the University of Groningen. Furthermore, students take part in courses in debating, writing and personal development. At the end of the Bachelor programme Honours students present their own projects based on one of the modules in the Petrus Camper Final.

The Master Honours programme focusses on the development of leadership. Both programmes work with an interdisciplinary view on scientific and social problems. Cooperation with students from other studies and faculties is strongly recommended.

To guarantee the accessibility of the Honours College, the programme is free of extra charge. However, students have to apply for one of the 250 (Bachelor, varying number) or 80 (Master) places. The selection is based on the mean grade of the first semester of the first year. However, the main criterion to take part in the Honours Programme is motivation: the drive to work on the frontiers of knowledge.

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What are the member benefits?

Member benefits include:

  • Get priority in larger events like the yearly trip abroad
  • Get access to the photos made during the activities
  • Get discounts on paid activities and various places around the city (such as Starbucks and Rå)

How much does a membership cost?

For first years Bachelor Honours students, this is €15.-, for second years Bachelor Honours students this is €10, for third years Bachelor Honours students and for Master Honours students, this is €5,-. Amounts are one-time only.

If you continue with a Master Honours Programme at the University of Groningen Honours College, you will have to pay the amount of €5,- to remain a member of HCSA.

How do I get the discounts?

HCSA members can get a 20% discount on the signature bowls and fresh juices at Rå! You can get this amazing discount by showing your HCSA sticker or showing that you can login to the HCSA website.

Starbuck at the library

For the Starbucks at the library you can get a stamped carboard sleeve from a board member. The stamped carboard sleeve can be uses to redeem a reusable cup at the Starbucks at the library. With this cup and your HCSA sticker for recognition you can get a €1,- discount on handmade coffee and tea at the Starbucks at the library.

Where can I get my HCSA sticker?

You can receive your HCSA sticker from a board member. At most events there will be the opportunity to receive your sticker. You can always send us a message via Facebook or Instagram to be sure you can get your sticker.