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Utrecht University

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Information for Exchange Students
Language of instruction: English
Terms: Semester I: September - January, Semester II: February - July.


  • Utrecht University, the largest university in the Netherlands, is regarded as one of Europe's top universities and is recognized internationally for its high-quality and innovative teaching and research.
  • Utrecht University is a true top-100 university. The Shanghai Ranking ranks Utrecht University as 1st in the Netherlands, 22nd in Europe and 65th in the world. The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 12 Utrecht scholars.
  • Situated in Utrecht, a lively student city located in the heart of the Netherlands and considered the "gateway to Europe".
  • For a stay in the Netherlands you do not have to know the Dutch language, because most people speak English. The Netherlands is number 1 in the EF ‘English Proficiency Index’. This is a worldwide ranking of the level of English language skills of non-native countries.


  • Studying without Limitations is a peer-to-peer support organization that helps students navigate student life with a disability.
  • Students can also reach out to student counsellors via for information on academic accommodations and accessibility support.
  • More information can be found here.

Area of study

  • Humanities
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Geosciences
  • Law
  • Economics & Governance
  • Science (limited offer)
  • Biomedical Sciences at  faculty of Medicine are also open to exchange students.

The international honours colleges, University College Utrecht (UCU) and University College Roosevelt (UCR), are also open to exchange students. See course catalogue for full selection.

Exchange credit history

See the exchange credit history listing of courses that have been previously evaluated from Utrecht University. Note that this is a guide only, and not a guarantee that your courses would be evaluated in the same way.


  • On campus housing: Not available.
  • Off campus housing: Available. Utrecht University offers a limited number of rooms for exchange students in international guesthouses through SSH Short Stay Solutions. See the university's Accommodation website for details.

Medical Insurance, Immigration & Arrival

  • Medical insurance: Mandatory.
  • Immigration documents: The visa and residence permit information will be given to students by Utrecht University once they have been accepted.
  • Orientation program: Available and mandatory.

Student Reports

Check out UVic's StoryMap for students sharing their experiences about studying in Utrecht, including a resource guide developed by exchange student Nina. 

How to apply

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