Founded in 1636, Utrecht University (UU) is consistently one of the highest ranked Dutch research universities. It is located in the city of Utrecht, a very central city in the Netherlands.
With seven different faculties, UU offers 45 undergraduate and 107 graduate programs, with a large number of graduate programs being taught in English. There are over 30,000 students at Utrecht University with about 2,000 of those being international students.
Utrecht University focuses on “commitment, inspiration, ambition, and independence” and promotes this by investing in both students and staff. It aims to “educate young people, train new generations of researchers, produce academics who have both specialist knowledge and professional skills, conduct groundbreaking research, [and] address social issues and work towards solving them”.
Admission requirements and procedures vary on what program you’re looking to apply for. The UU link above provides you with the information you need based on what you wish to study. Make sure you consult your faculty or programme’s website to find out specific requirements or deadlines!
You must apply through Studielink. You can upload the majority of the required documents via this online application. However, you may also be required to send some of these document by mail, so make sure to factor in the mailing time when applying.
Exchange students can check out the 'Courses for exchange and visiting students' page for information that pertains to their temporary stay in the Netherlands.
General requirements for Bachelor’s programmes are as follows.
To qualify for admission to a Utrecht University Bachelor's programme, you must:
Applicants from China: please read the additional requirements.
For all Master’s programmes at Utrecht University, the Admission Committee of the programme decides whether your are accepted. The Committee employs the following criteria:
Make sure to check your specific programme’s site in order to see if there are any additional requirements you have to meet!
Also make sure you follow the application procedure instructions in order to apply to your programme correctly.
PhD programmes do not fall under student requirements as PhD candidates are considered as part of the staff in the Netherlands. Therefore, there are no formal admission requirements as there are for the other programmes.
Note: There is a language requirement when applying to Utrecht University. You must be able to prove that you are proficient in English by providing the administration with a copy of one of the approved English language tests. If you’re applying for a programme that’s taught in Dutch, you will also need to prove your proficiency to the university.
Tuition fees for international students vary, depending on nationality, programme, and length of study. Check your tuition fees based on your specific situation.
Application deadlines for Bachelor’s students are as follows:
* You are an EU/EEA citizen when you have the nationality of one of the following countries: all countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Vatican City and Switzerland.
Note: Your file has to be completed BEFORE the deadline and your application fee must be paid!
The UU International Office can be contacted via the following:
Student Services/International Office
Frequently asked questions: www.uu.nl/QdeskEN
Tel: + 31 30 253 7000 (Monday to Friday 10-12 am and 1-3 pm)
Fax: + 31 30 253 2627
Visitors’ address: Bestuursgebouw, Heidelberglaan 8, de Uithof (Monday to Friday 11 am - 4 pm)
3508 TC Utrecht
For further contact information, see the 'more information' page.
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