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Utrecht University

Location Utrecht University, Utrecht Netherlands
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Ranking

# 110

QS World University Rankings
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15

Undergraduate programs
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153

Postgraduate programs
International

4454

International students

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 in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. The university offers 12 English-taught Bachelor\'s programmes and 90+ English-taught Master\'s programmes. 

Innovative and internationally oriented academic community

Joining Utrecht University as an international student will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community — that brought forward no less than 12 Nobel Prize winners - engaged in cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary teaching and research. 

Personal and interactive teaching

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. 

Top 5 happiest places to live

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 Iive\". Bright minds, better future.

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 in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. The university offers 12 English-taught Bachelor\'s programmes and 90+ English-taught Master\'s programmes. 

Innovative and internationally oriented academic community

Joining Utrecht University as an international student will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community — that brought forward no less than 12 Nobel Prize winners - engaged in cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary teaching and research. 

Personal and interactive teaching

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. 

Top 5 happiest places to live

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 Iive\". Bright minds, better future.

University information

  • Google-integrated email, chat and calendar with (7GB free online storage)
  • Blackboard online learning environment 
  • Schedules, room numbers, holidays etc. available through Osiris Online information system
  • Free or heavily discounted software via Surfspot, including SPSS, MS Office, McAfee, ErgoDirect, WorkPace, EndNote etc.
  • Student counselling
  • Career support, workshops, CV check
Total students

33,748

UG students

62%

PG students

38%

International students

4,454

UG students

41%

PG students

59%

Total faculty staff

3,254

Domestic staff

77%

Int'l staff

23%

Student life

  • 95% of population speaks English as second language.
  • Great location in Western Europe with direct links to London, Paris, Berlin.
  • Historic charm of Utrecht's 17th century city centre.
  • Vibrant student community in one of Europe's leading student cities.
  • (International) student associations including AIESEC, ESN, AEGEE

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #85
  • 2014
    #81
  • 2015
    #80
  • 2016
    #94
  • 2017
    #=104
  • 2018
    #=109
  • 2019
    #124
  • 2020
    #120
  • 2021
    #121
  • 2022
    #110

Ranking criteria

57.5
Overall
66.1
Academic Reputation
34.4
Employer Reputation
37.4
Faculty Student Ratio
82.2
Citations per Faculty
45.5
International Faculty Ratio
24.4
International Students Ratio

Available programs

Undergraduate education Utrecht University counts over 30,000 students from 118 countries. You can choose from 12 English-taught Bachelor\'s degree programmes. A Bachelor’s programme at Utrecht University is a 3-year programme leading to a Science degree (BSc) or Arts degree (BA).  

Currently Utrecht University offers the following 12 English-taught Bachelor\'s programmes:

    • Celtic Languages and Culture
    • College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Economics and Business Economics
    • English Language and Culture
    • Global Sustainability Science
    • History
    • Linguistics
    • Literary Studies
    • Media and Culture
    • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    • University College Roosevelt (Liberal Arts & Sciences)
    • University College Utrecht (Liberal Arts & Sciences)


How to apply?

The application process is completed online. Requirements and deadlines differ per programme. For more information on the application process, visit the university\'s website.

Postgraduate education Utrecht University has a student body of 30,000+ students from 118 countries. Students can choose from 90+ English-taught Master’s degree programmes - the widest range of English-taught graduate programmes in the Netherlands. A Master’s programme at Utrecht University is a 1- or 2-year programme leading to a Science degree (MSc), Arts degree (MA) or Laws degree (LLM). On top of a Master\'s programme you can take part in the Young Innovators Programme: a selective 15 ECTS honours course at graduate level.

Professional field

The connection with the professional field is consistently embedded in the curricula of Utrecht University\'s Master’s programmes. Our Career Services centre will support your transition into the Dutch or international postgraduate job market. 

How to apply?

Our application process is done online. Requirements and deadlines differ per programme. For more information on the application process, visit the university\'s website.

Visit our on-campus events Twice a year Utrecht University opens its doors for prospective Master\'s students.

During these on-campus events you can learn more about the different programmes offered by Utrecht University and get a feeling of the campuses and the city. You will also have the opportunity to talk to and ask questions to teachers, students, alumni and student advisers. Register for the next on-campus event now!

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