Utrecht University

P.O. Box 80125
3508 CS Utrecht
+31 30 253 35 50
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Utrecht University – A true top 100 university

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, and member of the renowned League of European Research Universities. The university is located the heart of the Netherlands in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. English is widely spoken throughout the Netherlands and Utrecht is home to many expats and international students.

Top 100 university
Utrecht University is a true top 100 university. The Shanghai Ranking ranks Utrecht University 1st in the Netherlands, 17th in Europe and 56nd in the world. The Best Global Universities Ranking ranks the University 1st in the Netherlands and 15th in Europe. The Times Higher Education Ranking places the university at number 62. The university has also been ranked 35th worldwide by the Taiwan Ranking, published by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council.

A total of 12 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to Utrecht Scholars. Gerard ‘t Hooft, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1999, still works at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University.

Students and Programmes
Over 30,000 students from 118 countries study at Utrecht University. We offer 140 graduate programmes, 87 of which are English-taught- the widest range of English-taught graduate programmes in the Netherlands. At undergraduate level, we offer 49 programmes, 6 of which are taught in English.

City of Utrecht
Utrecht is a beautiful medieval city, centrally located in the Netherlands. Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport are less than half an hour away, and there are excellent train connections to many major European cities. It is with good reason that BBC Travel placed Utrecht in the ’top 5 happiest places to Iive’.

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Studying here

Master your future at Utrecht University

As an international student, you’ll be in good company at Utrecht University. Every year, approximately 1,500 international students come to the university to take English-taught degree programmes and other courses. Students work and study closely together, learning to operate in an international environment from the outset. This is essential for scientists and scholars in our increasingly globalised world.

Joining Utrecht University as a master’s student will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community, that produced no fewer than 12 Nobel Prize winners. You will engage in cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary research. At Utrecht University you will experience quality education that stands for personal and interactive teaching based on critical reflection and debate, flexibility and student choice, as well as permanent professional development for lecturers. The connection with the professional field is consistently embedded in the curricula of UU master’s programmes. A Career Services centre will support your transition into the Dutch or international postgraduate job market.

Your Master’s Programme at UU is a 1- or 2-year programme leading to a Science degree (MSc), Arts degree (MA) or Laws degree (LLM).


Utrecht University offers you:

  • a wide choice of degree programmes taught in English leading to
  • internationally recognised, accredited qualifications
  • the opportunity to learn and flourish in a world-class academic environment where teaching is closely linked to the latest research
  • learning based on the Utrecht Educational Model, which includes a strong interdisciplinary approach and courses taught in small groups to foster the intensive exchange of ideas between students and lecturers

Our academic staff have high expectations of their students and provide ample opportunities develop your own views and talents:

  • As a student at Utrecht University, you are part of our academic community. 
  • Your input forms a vital contribution to the community.
  • You will learn to think critically, state your own views and participate in discussions.

At Utrecht University, quality is central to both teaching and research. All Master’s degree programmes offered by the university are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) and are recognized internationally.

Nurturing talent
Utrecht University encourages all students to develop their unique talents and offers a number of specialised programmes for highly talented and motivated students (e.g. Young Innovators League programme).

Connection to research
Research plays an important part in a Utrecht University education. As a student, you will learn from prominent researchers in your chosen area of study. In our Research Master’s or doctoral programmes, you will actively contribute to the university’s research.

Regardless of academic level or discipline, you will hone your research skills under the guidance of top researchers. Your education will include plenty of opportunities to explore research methodologies as well as the latest research in your field.

Connecting research and education
To provide an optimal link between research and education, we have organized our Master’s and PhD programmes into six graduate schools. In this context, Master’s students, PhD candidates and top researchers from different disciplines can easily meet each other and exchange knowledge.

International possibilities
Utrecht will provide you with extensive support if you choose to study or intern abroad; the university maintains numerous exchange agreements with partner universities around the world.

Inspiring an international educational environment
Over half of our Master’s programmes and six of our Bachelor’s programmes are taught in English. Every year, these programmes attract more than 1500 students from abroad and 1200 exchange students from 118 different countries. The university also invites outstanding lecturers from abroad to teach specialized courses on campus. As a student at Utrecht University, you will enjoy an inspiring, international environment both inside and outside the classroom.

Working here

Bright minds, better future

At Utrecht University, we work together to create a better future for all of us. With more than 6,000 members of staff, we provide socially relevant research and high-quality education. The university is committed to be actively involved in solving societal issues. We cooperate with other international universities, trade and industry, authorities, the cultural sector and societal organisations. Working at Utrecht University means working at the best university in the Netherlands.

Appreciation of talent and leadership at all levels
Achieving the above mentioned goals requires the best possible use and appreciation of the talent and dedication of all members of staff. As employer, we do all we can to make our staff perform to the best of their abilities, by nurturing and developing their talent.

At Utrecht University we strive to:

  • Provide an unambiguous, challenging and sound work environment for all our staff; an open and transparent culture that puts quality before quantity;
  • Encourage the personal and professional development of all our members of staff and to provide a suitable perspective within and outside of our organisation.

The role of supervisors at all levels is crucial to combine the objectives of the organisation and the qualities of the members of staff.

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Utrecht University is an internationally esteemed, research-led university that carries out fundamental and applied research across a wide range of academic fields. With its chosen research themes of Sustainability, Life Sciences, Institutions and Dynamics of Youth, the university contributes to solving issues such as climate change, infectious diseases, the aging population, social cohesion and security.

Our vision of education is based on a stimulating study environment and teaching that does justice to the various ambitions and talents of our students. The programmes offer a personal, activating learning experience in small-groups.

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  • 30,779
  • 15.4
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 7%
    International Students
  • 59 : 41
    Female:Male Ratio