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Last update on June 08, 2021

Study in the Netherlands at Utrecht University, which traces back to the 7th century when the monk Willibrord of Utrecht established a seminary for future priests and local nobility.


Total students enrolled (2012): 30,152
International students: approximately 1,537
Foreign student breakdown: EU: 1,079 students, non-EU: 458 students

Overall Ranking (2013)

Times Higher Education: 74 in the world

QS World Rankings: 81 in the world


Utrecht University traces its roots back to the 7th century, when the monk Willibrord of Utrecht established a seminary for future priests and local nobility. The institute survived in various forms for several hundred years, eventually changing its focus to humanism. In 1636, the school officially became Utrecht University, with several dozen students, seven professors and four faculties: law, medicine, theology and philosophy. Over the following centuries, the university survived war and upheaval to become one of the largest institutes of higher learning in the Netherlands.

Campus and Setting

Utrecht University is spread out over three campuses within the city of Utrecht. The town’s historic centre is home to the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Law, Economics & Governance. Just outside of the city is the De Uithof campus, which houses the Faculties of Science, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Geosciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences. Situated between these two campuses is Utrecht University College, a small, liberal arts honours school, which is also part of the greater university. A fourth campus, belonging to the Roosevelt Academy, another international liberal arts honours school, is located in the town of Milburg. The city of Utrecht offers over 2,000 years of history, and thanks to the student body of the university, has a strong international character. Students have plenty of places to socialize within the city itself and there are many organizations and groups on campus to join. When it’s time to have fun, many clubs in Utrecht offer students free admission on Thursdays and the city is the site of various arts festivals and sporting events.


Utrecht University is made up of seven faculties: Science, Medicine, Law, Economics and Governance, Veterinary Medicine, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Geosciences and the Humanities. The school offers 45 bachelor’s degree programs, four of which are taught in English and 169 master’s programs, with 81 taught in English. Additionally, there are nearly 200 certificate courses and over 150 summer school courses in a variety of subjects.

The motto of Utrecht University is Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos, translating as ‘Sun of Justice, shine upon us’. With a strong commitment to creating an international environment, the school centres on five guiding principles:

  • Educate young people
  • Train new generations of researchers
  • Produce academics who have both specialist knowledge & professional skills
  • Conduct ground-breaking research
  • Address social issues and work towards solving them


Admissions standards at Utrecht University vary from program to program, but all programs require a secondary school diploma. There are also varying requirements in concern to Dutch and English language capabilities, some of which require proficiency testing. Non-EU residents also need residency permits, and possibly visas, in order to study at the school.


Tuition for Dutch, EU, EEA and Surinamese students, studying for a first bachelor or master’s degree, is EUR 1,771 for the 2012/2013 school year. For all other students, tuition ranges from EUR 6,200 to EUR 10,500, depending on major. Master’s program fees for international students range from EUR 14,400 to EUR 17,900 and are again dependent on major.

Living expenses

Utrecht University estimates the average student will require EUR 750 to EUR 1250 a month for expenses like rent, transportation and food. Books, insurance and other fees will add to the price of attendance. Foreign students will need to prove they can cover these costs when applying for residence permits. Though both European and international students are permitted to work while studying, restrictions and rules apply. Scholarships and grants may be available to help students with the cost of study.

Postal address

Student Services
Postbus 80125
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands

Visiting address

Bestuursgebouw, Heidelberglaan 8, Uithof

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: + 31 (0)30 253 7000
Fax: + 31 (0)30 253 2627
Website: www.uu.nl