The UN World Happiness Report lists the Netherlands in the top 5 of happiest countries in the world. BBC Travel subsequently picked Utrecht as one of the top 5 happiest places to live. Utrecht is a beautiful city with a medieval city centre, small enough to explore on foot (or by bike, as the Dutch do!). Yet large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, a great variety of restaurants and bars, trendy shops and interesting museums. Along the Oudegracht, the central medieval canal, water-level bars and restaurants line the towpath, which is a charming place to watch the boats and birds go by.
The Domtoren, or cathedral tower, is the tallest in the country, and from the top you can see the entire city below. Every Saturday the Oudegracht blooms with the weekly flower market. English is widely spoken throughout the Netherlands. With an excellent public transport system, the centre of Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport are less than half an hour away from the centre of Utrecht, and there are easy train connections throughout Europe.
All degree programmes offered by Utrecht University are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).
Utrecht University is consistently positioned in the top 100 of all major international rankings:
Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong) 2015 #56
Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015 #62
Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking 2015 #71-80
QS World University Ranking 2015 #94
National Taiwan University ranking 2015 #35
CWTS Leiden ranking 2015 #60
U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Ranking 2015 #69
Utrecht University provides you with access to a great range of facilities and social activities. Utrecht University offers excellent ICT facilities and a modern library. The university buildings have modern facilities and there are numerous computer and reading rooms for students use. A number of university buildings have areas available for rest and contemplation.
Please note that not all of the options mentioned here may be available to you - it depends on the specific course or programme you follow. Campus life is very intense for instance at University College and Roosevelt Academy where you eat, study and live on their campuses. As an exchange student, you might live in a privately rented room in the old city centre of Utrecht and just visit campus for study purposes. PhD students are usually employees of Utrecht University and therefore do not use student facilities.
Together, Utrecht University and the city of Utrecht create a comfortable environment for students to study in. Utrecht has a bustling student community, which offers plenty of opportunity for extracurricular activities. There are many different student organisations and societies in Utrecht. Utrecht University has its own cultural centre Parnassos which provides you with plenty of opportunities to explore your talents via the performing arts and creative workshops. De Uithof also provides you with excellent sports facilities at Olympos.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Short Course at Utrecht University!
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.