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University College Utrecht

Utrecht University

Bachelor Undergraduate Utrecht

Course description

Qualification Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary University College Utrecht (UCU) is an international honors college of Utrecht University (Shanghai ranking: best Dutch university) in the Netherlands.
Course description UCU specializes in liberal arts and sciences undergraduate education, and students compose a personal curriculum from 200 different courses in humanities, science and social science. The UCU approach is personal: classes are small and participation is actively encouraged. The admissions process is highly selective: students are admitted on the basis of academic excellence, but an international focus, social engagement and extracurricular pursuits are of equal importance. All 650 students (40% international) live on campus in the historic city of Utrecht.
Study subjects A UCU education is characterized by its broad and interdisciplinary nature. As a student, therefore, you design your own curriculum. This means that the curriculum does not have a fixed structure; instead you combine different courses to assemble a personal study programme, chosing from over 200 courses in: Humanities: History, Art History, Literature & Classics, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Performing Arts, Chinese Language & Culture. Social Science: Sociology, Psychology, Anthr
Course objectives In the first year you explore the academic world and the various academic disciplines. You take academic skills courses that help develop writing, presentation and methodological skills. Before the start of the second year you declare a major in one of the three departments. You take courses at the intermediate 2- and advanced 3-level. In the third year efforts are focused on gaining sufficient disciplinary knowledge to apply for a Master's program or a job, culminating in a research thesis.
ECTS credits 180.00
Duration 36 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, practicum, internship, project, computer exercise, laboratory work, lecture, self study, literature study, seminar, excursion, tutorial, exhibition, research project, research proposal, working group, group assignment, oral presentation, workshop, group discussion, portfolio, individual assignment, poster presentation
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About the institution

Department University College Utrecht
Information about the institution Commitment, inspiration, ambition and independence are Utrecht University's core values. The University fosters its academic community through investment in staff and students.


Admission requirements
  1. Applicants who meet the basic requirements are invited to an interview.
  2. Since English is the official language at UCU, non-native speakers are required to demonstrate proof of proficiency. Accepted are the IELTS test, TOEFL test and Cambridge Certificate. Students with an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma in English are exempted. Dutch students with a 5 VWO average of 8 or higher for English are also be exempted.
  3. The application includes a motivation letter.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and curiosity.
  5. Applicants must have a Dutch high school diploma at VWO level (any profile) or a foreign equivalent, such as the International Baccalaureate diploma or the British A-levels.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English B1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C1
IELTS overall band 7
TOEFL internet based 92
Professional experience required -
Duration 36 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Feb 2020 1 Feb 2020
1 Feb 2021 15 Sep 2020 -
1 Sep 2021 1 Feb 2021 1 Feb 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)n.a.€ 12500€ 4372

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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