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Utrecht University

Location

Utrecht University, Utrecht Netherlands

Ranking

# =105QS World University Rankings

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15Undergraduate programs

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153Postgraduate programs

International

4454International students

About Utrecht 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 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.

About Utrecht 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 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.

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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University information

Bachelor

1400+
83+
6+
33+

Master

83+
6+
3+
33,748
62%
38%
4,454
41%
59%
3,254
77%
23%

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Where to look for scholarship opportunities

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How to apply to scholarships relevant to you

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A list of available scholarships around the world

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Rankings & ratings

Utrecht University is one of the top universities in Utrecht, Netherlands. It is ranked #=105 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #85
  • 2014
    #81
  • 2015
    #80
  • 2016
    #94
  • 2017
    #=104
  • 2018
    #=109
  • 2019
    #124
  • 2020
    #120
  • 2021
    #121
  • 2022
    #110
  • 2023
    #=112
  • 2024
    #=107
  • 2025
    #=105

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