Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities.
Innovative and internationally oriented academic community
Joining Utrecht University as a student will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community — that brought forward no less than 12 Nobel Prize winners - engaged in cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary teaching and research. Utrecht scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to society include Nobel Prize winner Christiaan Eijkman, one of the discoverers of vitamin; neuropharmacologist David de Wied, who won national and international acclaim for his discovery that neuropeptides (small proteins) control brain activity and behaviour; and the latest Nobel Prize winner Gerard ’t Hooft, a prominent scientist in the field of theoretical physics. They also include Johanna Westerdijk, the first female professor in the Netherlands.
Personal and interactive teaching
At Utrecht University you will experience a model of quality education that stands for personal and interactive teaching based on critical reflection and debate, flexibility and a level of choice for students, as well as permanent professional development for lecturers.
Students and Programmes
Utrecht University counts over 30,000 students from 118 countries. You can choose among 10 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and almost 100 English-taught Master's programmes - the widest range of English-taught graduate programmes in the Netherlands. Bachelor's programmes are 3-year programmes leading to a Bachelor's of Arts degree (BA) or Bachelor's of Science degree (BSc). Master’s Programme at Utrecht University is a 1- or 2-year programme leading to a Science degree (MSc), Arts degree (MA) or Laws degree (LLM). On top of a Master's Programme, you can take part in the Young Innovators Programme: a selective 15 ECTS honours course at a graduate level.
The connection with the professional field is consistently embedded in the curricula of UU master’s programmes. A Career Services centre will support your transition into the Dutch or international postgraduate job market.
Top 5 happiest places to live
English is widely spoken in the Netherlands. Utrecht is a beautiful medieval city, centrally located in the Netherlands. Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport are less than half an hour away, and there are easy train connections throughout Europe. It is with good reason that BBC Travel placed Utrecht in the “top 5 happiest places to Iive".
How to apply?
Our application process is done online. Please visit our website for more information on the application process.
If you have any questions about our programmes, please do get in touch with us. Utrecht University Student Services, (Monday to Friday, 10 am – 4 pm)
Tel: +31 30 253 7000
Visitors’ address: UU for U, Student Services, Heidelberglaan 6, de Uithof/Utrecht