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Utrecht University



 Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014 / 2015
(indicate total number of semesters)


 3 semesters


 Areas of study open for exchange students (list explicitly)


 Links at:
for courses at faculties of Humanities; Social and Behavioural Sciences; Geosciences; Law, Economics & Governance; Science. Courses in Biomedical Sciences at our faculty of Medicine are open to exchange students.
University College Utrecht (UCU) and University College Roosevelt (UCR), the international honours colleges of UU, are also open to exchange students if GPA is (at least) 3.0 or more.
It is not possible to combine courses from UCU, UCR and UU.


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



 Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students


 Medicine and veterinary medicine


 Courses on Bachelor’s and/or Master’s level available for incoming exchange students


 Both are possible.
Bachelor’s: students need at least an equivalent of 60 ECTS (one year of full time study).
Master’s: depending on student’s academic level, prerequisites (differs per faculty) and departmental approval.


 Utrecht Network contact person
(name, full address, phone/fax/email)


 Mr Caspar de Bok
Academic Affairs Office / Utrecht University
PO Box 80125
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands
T: +31-30-253 4274
F: +31-30-253 7752


 incoming students
(name, full address, phone/fax/email)


 Ms Ingrid Dijkstra
Student Services / International Office
Postal address:
For regular mail
PO Box 80125
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands
For express mail
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
The Netherlands
T: +31-30-253 1917 / 7000
F: +31-30-253 2627
E for coordinators:
E for students:

General web site of the university

Web site of the international office/ information web site for incoming students

Academic calendar

2015-2016 Utrecht University Semester I 31 Aug 2015 – 5 Feb 2016 Semester II 8 Feb 2016 - 1 Jul 2016 
University College Utrecht Semester I 24 Aug 2015 – 18 Dec 2015 Semester II 18 Jan 2016 – 13 May 2016
University College Roosevelt
Semester I
24 Aug 2015 – 18 Dec 2015
Semester II
18 Jan 2016 – 13 May 2016

Examination period(s)

Each faculty has its own schedule. Examinations are based on course work, attendance and exams during the semester.

Possible option to finish before Christmas

Most faculties offer courses in block 2 that have an “early exit” option (= finish before Christmas). This is only possible for students who need to return to their home institution for the second semester in January. In some cases less than 7.5 ECTS are
awarded. These are tailor made solutions and it’s the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor.
Housing through Short Stay Solutions can only be rented for a full semester period.  

Explanation credit and grading system

Study load:
60 ECTS = full time study for one academic year
30 ECTS = full time study for one semester
1 to 10. Ten is the highest grade.
5.5-6.0 or higher (depending on department)

Orientation session(s) for incoming students
(indicate date and costs)

University-wide orientation and social introduction: a week before classes start/ in the first week of the semester.
Most faculties also have an orientation session.

ECTS available
(list fields if not all)


Application deadline(s) for admission

Academic Year or Semester 1: Nomination deadline is one month prior application deadline.
- April 1, 2015 for students who will need an entry visa
- May 1, 2015 for students who do not need an entry visa
Early deadline UCU: nominations 15 February 2015. Applications March 1st.
Semester 2: Nomination deadline is one month prior application deadline.
- September 1, 2015 for students who will need an entry visa
- October 1, 2015 for students who do not need an entry visa
Deadline UCU: nominations 15 September 2015. Applications October 1st.

Application material on the web site or paper copies only

Will be sent to student by email after we receive nomination from home university.

Course registration deadline(s)

A preliminary course selection is required together with application. Most faculties email students on official course enrolment before the start of the semester.

Enrollment in coursework/academic advising support : Are there special issues students should concern themselves with course registration? Any services available to assist in registration or course selection?

Students will be informed by the faculty about course registration.

Language requirements

English and/or Dutch

Language test certificate required? (if so, which and when : before admission, upon arrival)

Excellent knowledge of either ENGLISH or DUTCH is required. A language proficiency report (enclosed with the application form) is compulsory if Dutch or English is not your native language. Bachelor’s: IELTS score minimum: 6.0 (minimum for writing is 5.5); TOEFL score minimum 83; Cambridge: CAE minimum C, CPE minimum C.
Master’s: IELTS score minimum 6.5 (minimum for writing is 6.0); TOEFL score minimum 93; Cambridge: CAE minimum B, CPE minimum C.

Preparatory language course for incoming students
(indicate dates and costs)

Yes. Special Dutch beginner's level course for exchange students. Tuition fee! For more information:

Courses taught in English (please indicate if undergraduate or graduate)

YES see > Course Information for links to courses offered by the faculties.

Internships available?

In general no. Sometimes there are possibilities, for example: internships for students studying Dutch Language and Literature at their home university

Student jobs available/allowed?

Yes, but non-EU/EEA students require a work permit and are restricted a maximum of 10 hours per week OR 3 months fulltime in the summer (June – August). The work permit must be applied for after the residence permit has been approved, which takes approximately two months

Housing assistance
(indicate how to apply and if guaranted)

YES, due to a large number of students and shortage of rooms it is usually very hard to find housing in Utrecht. Therefore Utrecht University offers guest students assistance with their housing through Short Stay Solutions. This independent housing corporation (SSH) makes housing arrangements upon request and under certain conditions. Information about the procedure will be sent to student after acceptance by UU.

Housing options

International student housing/ Dutch student housing/private landlord. - housing

Housing application deadline(s)

The housing offer will be open for reservation about 3 months before the semester/ academic year commences. Register as soon as possible, because rooms are allocated on first come first served base.

Cost estimates per month (in Euro)
- Housing
- Meals
- Books
- Local transportation
- Health insurance

In Euro: €870 + personal expenses (excluding visa costs)


Optional on campus meal plan? (Y/N)


Additional fees to pay
(indicate amounts and subjects)

Dutch language classes; optional.

Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed

Yes, if it is comparable to ‘ICS Complete’ of AON
Separate personal liability insurance highly recommended.

Health facilities at the university

Academic hospital, student psychological service. Students usually visit a general practitioner first. Upon arrival students receive information about doctors, dentists and pharmacies

Summer courses available? If so, please list

Not through the exchange programme, but through individually applying to the Utrecht Summer School:

Prior arrangements needed to secure visa before arrival in country? (Y/N)

Yes, students will be informed after acceptance

Last update of this information

26 November 2014