Utrecht University (UU) is one of the largest research institutions in Europe, with 30,000 students, 6,000 staff and an annual research budget nearing 800 million Euros.
The history of the university stretches back to Utrecht’s “illustrious school”, formed in the 7th century. The university was officially founded in 1636, and each year on March 26 UU celebrates its Dies Natalis, or Anniversary Day.
The university has seven faculties: Geosciences, Humanities, Law, Economics and Governance, Medicine, Science, Social and Behavioural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.
Each year in June UU hosts the Festival deBeschaving, a celebration of music and music along with a “Cirque du Science”. The festival takes place in the university botanical gardens.
Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, with a buzzing atmosphere and numerous places to pass the time. UU students get discounted admission to Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, a performance venue featuring music, dance and theatre. Students can also enjoy regular exhibitions at the university’s own museum, dedicated to modern and ancient science.
The most famous alumni from Utrecht University include the composer Clarence Barlow, GreenLeft Party leader Femke Halsema and the Nobel Prize winning physicist Gerald ‘t Hooft, who is also a professor at the university.
Over thirty different sports organisations are available to join, from basketball to table tennis. Students can keep fit at the Sports Centre Olympos, which has over 60 facilities including tennis courts, squash courts and climbing walls.