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Utrecht School of the Arts

The Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) is one of the largest art and culture-oriented universities of professional education in Europe. HKU offers preparatory courses, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, and research degrees in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction, and arts management to its 3,500 students. 

HKU facilitates and stimulates talented and passionate students to develop as visual artists, teachers, musicians, designers, technologists, arts managers, writers, and actors. It offers students intensive coaching and supervision. The courses have a tutor system. A tutor has an intermediary function between the student and the teacher and supervises the study process. In nearly all practical subjects, the HKU has adopted the studio-based system, in which (teams of) students have their own workspace and where they meet their supervisors. Students are given many opportunities to prove themselves in practice. They may use the school’s concert hall, theatre and gallery, as well as the professional studios and workplaces.

Almost all HKU bachelor courses are taught in Dutch. Exchange students may attend and will be supervised in English. In general exchange, possibilities are available in the 2nd and 3rd year of the study program. Courses are mostly studio based.

The ancient and historic city of Utrecht houses many buildings going back to the early Middle Ages. One of the unique features of the city is the wharf system in its inner canals. Before the city was fully canalized, parts of the Rhine River flowed through the city center.

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014/15.

2 students per academic year

Contact person for incoming students

Charmaine van der Heijden
HKU Student Service Centre
P.O. Box 1520
3500 BM Utrecht
tel: +31(0) 30 234 9491
fax: +31(0) 30 2349484

Contact person for outgoing students
name, title, full address, phone, fax, email

Charmaine van der Heijden
HKU Student Service Centre
P.O. Box 1520
3500 BM Utrecht
tel: +31(0) 30 234 9491
fax: +31(0) 30 2349484

General University Website

International Office/Website for Incoming Students


Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students

HKU Fine Art
Bachelor of Fine Art
- Painting
- Sculpture
- Printmaking
- Drawing
- Intermedia
- Digital Media

HKU Design
Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design
Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design
Bachelor of Design in Product Design

Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English

HKU Fine Art

Are graduate areas open for exchange?


Can advanced undergraduate exchange students take graduate level courses?


Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties

HKU Fine Art
Bachelor of Education in Visual Art and Design
- Drawing and Painting
- Spatial Design
- Textiles Design
- Audiovisual Media

HKU Media
HKU Games & Interaction
HKU Music and Technology

Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students

HKU Theatre
HKU Art and Economics
HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

Websites for course offerings


Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?


Orientation session(s) for incoming students

HKU Student Service Centre organises a mandatory introduction day in the first week of September and the first week of February.
There are no costs involved.

Academic Calendar

1st Semester: 1 September - 19 December 2014
2nd Semester: 2 February - 26 June 2015

Examination period(s)

December and May/June

If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early?


Application deadline for each term

April 15 for the following 1st semester
October 1 for the following 2nd semester

Application website.


Only online application, see:

HKU offers highly specialised courses that require a strong academic background in the subject area an exchange student applies for.
We therefore advice a screening of the academic compatibility based on c.v., motivation, transcript and small portfolio before the nomination or immediately after pre-acceptance.
Interested students can contact Charmaine van der Heijden, HKU Student Service Centre for further information.

• Selection procedure: all exchange applications are considered at once. You will be informed about the outcome six weeks after the application deadline.
• See also conditons for approval of applications:

How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduates versus graduates?

Not applicable.

Course registration deadline

Not applicable.

Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival?

See underneath special advising or registrations concerns

Are prior arrangements needed to secure a visa before arrival in country?

x  Yes, see

Language Requirements

Almost all HKU undergraduate courses are taught in Dutch and exchange students will be supervised in English as much as possible. Exchange students should realise they will be in a Dutch speaking environment, and a basic understanding of the Dutch language is highly recommended.

Language test certificate required?


Preparatory language course for incoming students?


Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?

Depending on the course, exchange applicants can find more or less detailed information at:  Most art and design courses have a fixed study programme, of 20-24 ECTS with possibilities for individual projects and seminars of 6 ECTS, that are discussed upon arrival.

The courses offered at the Schools in Hilversum: HKU Games and Interaction, HKU Music and Technology and HKU Media, do not have course units listed for exchange students at our website. Either exchange students participate in a group project or the study program is more tailor made, depending on the student's educational background. This is discussed in the application phase and/or upon arrival. Please contact
Charmaine van der Heijden, HKU Student Service Centre for further information.

Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange

Minimum 20 –  maximum 30 ECTS

Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed?


Housing options

Through SSH housing agency: fully furnished rooms (mostly double) with shared facilities in student flats

Housing Website and Contact Person(s)

HKU Student Service Centre:

Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate?

Separate application.

Is housing available between breaks in the term?


Is there a campus meal plan?


Total cost estimates per month in Euro
(broken down below)

around 1000-1100 euro per month


425 euro per month


150 euro per month


350 euro per month (including working materials)

-Local Transportation

40 euros per month. Many students bike: a second-hand bike with locks will cost a maximum of 175 euros

-Health Insurance

50 euro per month

(please indicate and specify any mandatory additional fees)


Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed?


Are health facilities available at the university?

No, but information available at website:

Are internships available?


Are student jobs available/allowed?


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