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Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 74 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 79 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 80 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 81 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 94 The Times And Sunday Times University League Tables: UK
  • 62 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 109 QS World University Rankings 2018
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Student population Large (More than 10,000)
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Institution type Public

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University (Dutch: Universiteit Utrecht, formerly Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht) is a university in Utrecht, Netherlands. The University was founded in 1636 and located in the heart of the Netherlands. Utrecht University is one of Europe's leading research universities, recognised internationally for its high-quality, innovative approach to both research and teaching. Its motto is "Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos," which means "Sun of Justice, shine upon us." 

The University offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programmes and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programmes, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

The demanding programmes provide ambitious, dedicated international students the opportunity to learn and grow in a world-class academic environment. Students are encouraged to develop the best within themselves. This includes opportunities to undertake the extra challenges of honours study. Dare to excel.

Every year, approximately 2.000 international students come to Utrecht University to take part in English-taught degree programmes and other courses. With some 125 nationalities working and studying closely together, students learn to work in an international environment from the start - essential for scientists and scholars in an increasingly globalised world.

Campus information

Utrecht University is situated in the city Utrecht. Utrecht is a lively city in the geographical centre of the Netherlands. The university consists of seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
  • Faculty of Geosciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Science

The University is situated at three different locations in Utrecht. The two large faculties of Humanities and Law are situated in the inner city of Utrecht. The other five faculties and most of the administrative services are located in De Uithof, a campus area on the outskirts of the city. University College is situated in the former Kromhout Kazerne, which used to be a Dutch military base.

By public transport

From Utrecht Central Station take bus 2, exit at Domplein.

By foot (10 minute walk from Utrecht Central Station)

Follow directions to the ‘Museumkwartier’ (Museum Quarter). In the ‘Hoog Catharijne’ shopping mall take the ‘Godebaldkwartier’ exit and continue left towards the Dom Tower. After passing right under the Dom Tower, cross over towards the right. The entrance to the University Hall is right in front. 


Utrecht is the most popular university town in the Netherlands, so the demand for student housing is very high. It is therefore absolutely necessary to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible. For exchange students and for international students who enrol in an international degree programme, and who do not yet live in the Netherlands, there ise an agreement between the University and SSH Short Stay. This local housing corporation offers temporary furnished housing.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 3 Computer Science, IT 3 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 3 Law 1


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