Utrecht University

81–90 th
World Reputation Rankings 2017
68 th
World University Rankings 2018

Utrecht University

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Utrecht University

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University has a long history and is rich in tradition. The University is an international research university of the highest quality. This has been demonstrated for many years by its consistent position in the top 15 in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings. Nowadays, there are over 30,000 students at Utrecht University and 7,500 members of staff.


At Utrecht University you will experience a model of quality education that stands for personal and interactive teaching based on critical reflection and debate, flexibility and a level of choice for students, as well as permanent professional development for lecturers. All of Utrecht’s programmes are directly linked to fundamental and applied research in a wide range of disciplines. Multidisciplinary research in Utrecht focuses on four strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Utrecht University offers 97 English-taught Master’s programmes and 10 English-taught Bachelor’s programmes. As a student at Utrecht University you will be part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community that brought forward no less than 12 Nobel Prize winners.


In both education and research, Utrecht University works in alliance with research institutes, universities, businesses, civil-society organisations and cultural institutions at the regional, national and international level. Utrecht University is an active member of various renowned international research and education networks, such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the Utrecht Network. Also, Utrecht University collaborates with a number of top international universities, including e.g. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, University of California and University of Toronto.

Utrecht city

English is widely spoken in the Netherlands. 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 easy train connections throughout Europe. It is with good reason that BBC Travel placed Utrecht in the “top 5 happiest places to live”.


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  • 59 : 41
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 31,522
    Number of Students
  • 7%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 15.2
    No. of students per staff
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings


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