Obviously, parts of the Mathematics degree programme are similar to mathematics as it is studied at secondary school. But you will also discover new areas such as algebra (number theory and coding), dynamic systems (how predictable is the weather?) and systems theory. Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is still crucial to researching and solving current issues such as the climate problem.
Mathematics is a multifaceted subject and an international bachelor. All courses are taught in English which gives Mathematics in Groningen an extra dimension as many of your fellow students and teachers will come from abroad. Some people choose to study Mathematics because its diversity appeals to them. Others perceive the social relevance of mathematics, and choose to do research. And there are students who enjoy Mathematics precisely because it involves solving abstract problems.
There are two specialisations you can choose from. General Mathematics focuses on the foundations of mathematics and the relationship between natural sciences and philosophy. Statistics & Econometrics concerns statistics and mathematics as they are used in economics and business, for example economic analyses and prediction of stock market values.
The University of Groningen offers degree programmes in Mathematics as well as Applied Mathematics. Year 1 is largely the same for both degree programmes, and you can switch between them if you wish. You gradually work towards your specialisation.