Founded in 1998 as the first university college in the Netherlands, we are an honours college of Utrecht University ( #66 in Times Higher Education Ranking 2023). With help of a personal tutor, students compose their own multi-disciplinary curriculum choosing from over 230 different classes in humanities, science and social science.

Classes are interactive and small, with on average 20 students per class. Our 750 students study and live on our American-style campus with guaranteed housing, close to the heart of the historic city of Utrecht. Half of the students are Dutch, half international, representing some 70 different nationalities. Our students are selected against criteria which highlight their academic and extra-curricular potential. A unique spirit of community and participation at the college means that students learn, develop and enjoy life both inside the classroom and outside it. University College Utrecht is where worlds meet. A place to live, learn, explore and engage.


Curriculum Information

Students compose their own curriculum focusing on at least two disciplines. They can take at most 25% of their classes in one subject.

They can choose from:


  • Art History and Museum Studies
  • China Studies
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature and Classics
  • Media Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies

Social Sciences:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Human Geography
  • Law
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Earth and Environment
  • Mathematics
  • Biomedical Oriented Science
  • Physics

Special Programmes:

  • Double degree LAS and Dutch law (4 years)
  • Double degree LAS and Physics (4 years)
  • Pre-medical programme
  • Cultural Heritage Internship Programme (Museum Studies)
  • UCU in East Africa
  • Field research
  • Aruba Community based research

Admission Requirements:

To be accepted applicants undergo a selection process. We receive around 1,150 applications, and around 250 students enroll each year. To be admissible candidates must fit a general profile and meet the following minimum requirements:

  • a Dutch VWO diploma with an average overall grade of at least 7 or an international equivalent such as:
  • GCSE plus 3 GCE A-levels. Scores A-A-B
  • International Baccalaureate, a minimum of 32 points not including Theory of Knowledge
    and the Extended Essay.
  • US high school diploma. Different options admissible. See our website.
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Statement of academic motivation
  • Activities form
  • Teacher recommendation letter

For the most recent diploma equivalency list, and more details please refer to our website.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines for Fall 2024

  • December 1st 2023 (early round and
    financial aid deadline) | Nov. to Feb. interviews | Decision before 15 March  
  • February 1st 2024 (regular round) | Jan. to Apr. interviews | Decision after 1 Feb.; On or before 1 May 

Tuition Fees

€ 5,251* (students with a passport from the European Economic Area, Switzerland or Suriname).

€ 16,034 (non-EEA)

Housing and campus fees € 7,373 (TBC)

There is limited financial aid available which Dutch and international students can apply for. For more information about admission and finances please visit our website.

Contact Details

University College Utrecht
Babette Heeren (Dutch Marketing)
Kim Zwitserloot (International Marketing)

Campusplein 1
3584 ED Utrecht
The Netherlands
+31 (0)30 253 9900