Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands
Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned in the top 15 in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings. The university is located in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. Joining Utrecht University as a masterís student on one of our 86 English-language Masterís programmes will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community engaged in cutting-edge and multidisciplinary teaching and research.

About

History

Established in 1636, Utrecht University has a long history and is rich in tradition. The University is an international research university of the highest quality. This has been demonstrated for many years by its high positions in international rankings. Nowadays, there are over 30,000 students at Utrecht University and 7,500 members of staff.

Education

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. All of Utrechts masters programmes are directly linked to fundamental and applied research in a wide range of disciplines. Multidisciplinary research in Utrecht focuses on four strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Research

In both education and research, Utrecht University works in alliance with research institutes, universities, businesses, civil-society organisations and cultural institutions at the regional, national and international level. Utrecht University is an active member of various renowned international research and education networks, such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the Utrecht Network. Also, Utrecht University collaborates with a number of top international universities, including e.g. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, University of California and University of Toronto.

Short Courses

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Short Course at Utrecht University!

Services

Student services

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.

Housing services

Utrecht is the most popular university city in the Netherlands, so the demand for student housing is very high. The university does not own any student accommodation. Most rooms are let by housing corporations and by private home owners. A typical aspect of student housing in the Netherlands is that you rent a room in a flat or house where you live with other students and share facilities like the kitchen, bathroom and washing machine

Library services

The University Library offers you easy access to a wide range of information. With your smartphone, you can order a book from the mobile site or find an available computer. You can also create your own reference library, geared to your programme of study and personal tastes. For many students, the library is also an ideal spot for quiet study.

ICT services

Utrecht University believes in making the best modern technology available to support your studies, so you can:

  • use email, chat and calendar integration with Google Apps (7GB free storage)
  • use the electronic learning environment Blackboard
  • find all your study information (schedules, room numbers, etc.) through the Osiris Online information system

Student Life

Campus life

Ever since its foundation, the University has been located in Utrechtís historical, medieval town centre. The inner city campus comprises of two faculties. The other faculties are situated at the Utrecht Science Park, east of the town centre. The Faculty of Medicine is co-governed by University Medical Center Utrecht. A third campus, just outside the town centre, is home to the Utrecht School of Economics and the University College Utrecht, Utrecht Universityís international undergraduate college.

Sports facilities

De Uithof also provides you with excellent sports facilities at Olympos.Olympos offers:

  • Substantial discounts for students
  • Over 70 sports programmes
  • The incredibly cheap OlymPas with which you can unlimitedly make use of more than 30 sports
  • A choice of student sports clubs, courses, group lessons, subscriptions for individual activities and competitions
  • Long opening hours
  • Great Sports Café!

Student clubs

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.

Accreditation

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

The Global Study Awards

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