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Utrecht University

Founded in 1636 and located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University (UU) is one of Europe’s largest leading research universities, recognized internationally for its high-quality, innovative approach to both research and teaching. Thanks to its solid basis in discipline-based scholarship, UU is at the forefront of many inter-disciplinary advances. In 2008, UU again confirmed its position as a leading international research university. In the recently published Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University for Higher Education, Utrecht University was rated #47 in the world, #9 in Europe and #1 in the Netherlands. UU offers a high-quality academic environment in which inspiring and committed academics share their knowledge with ambitious students. More and more students from abroad are attracted to the UU thanks to its extensive offering of high-quality English taught courses.

Utrecht is the lively, beating heart of Holland. It was built around the Dom tower, which you can see from any point in the city, so there is no way you can get lost in the attractive, car-free city center. Utrecht boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars housing cafés and terraces by the water. Utrecht is home to hundreds of monuments which contribute to the special atmosphere in this centuries-old university town.  

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014 / 2015

3 semesters

Areas of study open for exchange students

Links at: > ‘Course Information’ 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.

Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English

Art History
Biomedical Sciences
Conflict Studies
Creative Writing
Earth Sciences
Film Studies
Human Geography and Planning
Innovation and Environmental Science
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Relations
Languages - French
Languages - German
Languages - Italian
Languages - Spanish
Latin American Studies
Liberal Studies
Media Studies
Modern European Studies
Political Science
Pre-Law or Law
Public Policy and Administration
Religious Studies
Social Neuroscience
Social Work
Women and Gender Studies


Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students

Medicine and veterinary medicine

Utrecht Network contact person

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

Contact person for incoming students

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

Semester I
1 Sept, 2014  - Feb 1, 2015
Semester II
2 Feb, 2015  - 26 Jun, 2015


University College Utrecht
Semester I
Sept 1, 2014 – Dec 19, 2014
Semester II
Jan 26, 2015 – May 19, 2015

University College Roosevelt
Semester I
Aug 25, 2014 – Dec 12, 2014
Semester II
Jan 26, 2015 – May 15, 2015

Examination period(s)

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

Orientation session(s) for incoming students

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


Application deadline(s) for admission

Academic Year or Semester 1:
- students who will need an entry visa: nomination 1 March 2014, application 1 April 2014.
- students who do not need an entry visa: nomination 1 April 2014, application 1 May 2014

Early deadline UCU: nominations 15 February 2014. Applications March 1st.

Semester 2: 
- students who will need an entry visa: nomination 1 August 2014, application 1 September 2014.
- students who do not need an entry visa: nomination 1 September  2014, application 1 October 2014

Deadline UCU: nominations 15 September 2014. Applications October 1st.

Application material on the web site or paper copies only 

On , can also be sent by email to coordinator.

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?

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

Yes. Intensive language course in August (also EILC) and special Dutch beginner's level course for exchange students starts in September and February. Tuition fee! (Beginner course around €145.). For more information:

Courses taught in English

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

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. Info:

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?


Additional fees to pay

Dutch language classes; optional.

Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad

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?

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

Prior arrangements needed to secure visa before arrival in country?

Yes, students will be informed after acceptance

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