Universiteit Utrecht

Utrecht
Netherlands

Language of instruction

English
Dutch

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University has become one of Europe's leading research universities, recognised internationally for its high-quality, innovative approach to research and teaching. Utrecht is ranked within the Top 100 universities worldwide.

The university is based in Utrecht – a beautiful, bustling city in the geographical centre of the Netherlands with excellent transport links to all major European cities.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–June
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

Each semester at Utrecht University is divided into 2 blocks or terms:

  • Semester 1 (Sept - Jan): Block 1 and 2
  • Semester 2 (Feb - June): Block 3 and 4

Students select at least 2 courses per block.

View the Utrecht University academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Utrecht University has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

Utrecht University has multiple campuses around the city:

  • City Centre campus
  • International campus (Utrecht University College)
  • Utrecht Science Park - De Uithof

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at Utrecht University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Students usually take 2 courses per block or term, equating 4 courses per semester.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Utrecht University.

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at University College Utrecht or a 5.5 to study at University College Roosevelt.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Utrecht University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Economics
Finance
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Criminology
Development
English
English literature
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Philosophy
Political science
Public policy
Religion
Sociology
Psychology
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Earth sciences
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Physics
Postgraduate
Economics
Finance
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Art history
Classical languages
Criminology
Development
English
History and ancient history
Sociology
Linguistics
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Earth sciences
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Physics

Course restrictions

Undergraduate students cannot take postgraduate courses while on exchange at Utrecht University.

Students need to select at least 2 courses per block to total at least 4 per semester and can choose courses from a maximum of 2 faculties.

You cannot combine courses from Utrecht University, University College Utrecht and University College Roosevelt.

Additional academic information

Utrecht University has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Utrecht does not own any student accommodation, but exchange students can apply for the Reserved Accommodation Programme. Accommodation via this programme is not guaranteed and is rented out on a first come, first served basis. For more information on this programme, or for tips on finding private accommodation, visit Utrecht University's housing web page

Cost of living

Utrecht University has put together an overview of average living expenses you can expect to encounter during your stay in Utrecht. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

You must carry health insurance throughout your stay in the Netherlands. Medical costs are high, so make sure your health insurance covers the Dutch tariffs.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Utrecht University has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.