Utrecht University

World University Rankings 2022
World Reputation Rankings 2021
Impact Rankings: Good health and well-being 2022
P.O Box 80125, TC Utrecht, 3508, Netherlands

About Utrecht University


Founded in 1636 and located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of Europe's leading research universities, recognised internationally for a high-quality, innovative approach to research and teaching. Studying at Utrecht University means studying at one of the world's best universities, with a total student body of around 30,000 students and 12 Nobel prize winners.

Utrecht University offers over 90 graduate programmes (MSc, MA) and 12 undergraduate programmes (BSc, BA, LLM). All programmes are fully English-taught, and cover a wide range of academic disciplines including Natural Sciences, Law, Governance, Life Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Earth Sciences. 

Utrecht University has signed the Dutch Code of Conduct (pdf) which guarantees a proper recruitment, selection and coaching of international students.

The Netherlands is an increasingly popular destination amongst international students, because of high quality of life and education, opportunities to work while studying and a guaranteed one-year work visa upon graduation, with pathways to permanent employment. 

About Utrecht

Utrecht is a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands, offering a beautiful and inspiring urban setting brimming with talent and creativity. Utrecht is famous for it’s bicycle infrastructure; because the city is compact it’s easy to get around. It allows students to explore the city safely and independently, ready to explore new opportunities around every corner. Last, but not least, Utrecht is an intelligent city that uses innovation and sustainability to meet new challenges and achieve its ambitions. Thanks to the help of a young, talented workforce and a citywide programme to create a sustainable society, Utrecht was recently voted the most competitive region in Europe. Lonely Planet ranks Utrecht in their top-10 of the world's unsung places.

Student life

Utrecht has a bustling student community made up of many different student organisations and societies. Utrecht University offers numerous extracurricular activities through its subsidiaries, including Parnassos Cultural Centre, where you can explore your talents in the performing arts, take a creative workshop or engage in other artistic pursuits. Utrecht Science Park Campus also offers the excellent Olympos sports facilities for team sports and individual athletic endeavours.

Utrecht’s historic charm

Utrecht has a rich history going back almost 2,000 years and an architectural legacy that includes both ancient and thoroughly modern buildings. Utrecht’s old city centre has remained largely intact, with picturesque canals and elegant parks, cafes and cultural venues. The impressive Dom Tower rises high above the city, surrounded below by restaurants offering cuisines from around the world, cinemas, clubs and boutiques that give Utrecht its unique vitality and atmosphere.

International society

The Dutch tend to have an international outlook on life. The majority of the population speaks English, regularly travels abroad, and is accustomed to having neighbours who may originally come from another country. At Utrecht University, some 118 nationalities work and study closely together. It’s easy to get by in the Netherlands without speaking Dutch since most people have at least a basic knowledge of English and are usually more than happy to use it.


  1. Highly ranked European research university.
  2. Fully English-taught BA, BSc, LLM, MA and MSc programmes.
  3. Located in beautiful and historic student city in the heart of the Netherlands.
  4. International environment with over 100 nationalities represented on campus.
  5. Added focus on sustainability education, global issues and climate change

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Key statistics

  • 18.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 33,569
    Number of FTE Students
  • 59 : 41
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 11%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2022 World University Rankings