Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands
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. The university is located in the city of Utrecht, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Northern Europe. Joining Utrecht University as a masterís student on one of our 86 English-language Masterís programmes will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community engaged in cutting-edge and multidisciplinary teaching and research.
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Why should I study here at Utrecht University?

Utrecht University: Bright minds, better future
With a degree from Utrecht University, you will join the ranks of UU alumni -including many who have made an important contribution to the quality of society. Utrecht University brought forward 12 Nobel Prize winners. Among them Christiaan Eijkman, one of the first to discover vitamins, neuro-pharmacologist David de Wied and the most recent Nobel Prize winner, theoretical physicist Gerard t Hooft. All these excellent students and staff, from far in the past up to the present day, are what makes Utrecht University what it is today. Through innovative research and education, they contribute to Utrecht University's mission: Bright Minds, Better Future.
Innovative education
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 Utrechts masters 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.
A direct step into the professional field
After a thorough restructuring of all of Utrecht Universitys masters programmes between 2014 and 2015, the connection with the professional field is consistently embedded in the curricula of UU masters programmes. Through course content developed in conjunction with experienced professionals, structured contacts with external organisations and alumni, and internships, your joining a Utrecht masters programme will be a direct step into the job market in your field. A newly set up and large-scale Career Services division will support your transition into the Dutch or international postgraduate job market.
Safe and beautiful location

The UN World Happiness Report lists the Netherlands in the top 5 of happiest countries in the world. BBC Travel subsequently picked Utrecht as one of the top 5 happiest places to live. Utrecht is a beautiful city with a medieval city centre, small enough to explore on foot (or by bike, as the Dutch do!). Yet large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, a great variety of restaurants and bars, trendy shops and interesting museums. Along the Oudegracht, the central medieval canal, water-level bars and restaurants line the towpath, which is a charming place to watch the boats and birds go by.

The Domtoren, or cathedral tower, is the tallest in the country, and from the top you can see the entire city below. Every Saturday the Oudegracht blooms with the weekly flower market. English is widely spoken throughout the Netherlands. With an excellent public transport system, the centre of Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport are less than half an hour away from the centre of Utrecht, and there are easy train connections throughout Europe.

About Utrecht University

About the University
Established 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 high positions in international rankings. Nowadays, there are over 30,000 students at Utrecht University and 7,500 members of staff. Every year, more than 3,000 international students and researchers stay in Utrecht for variable periods of time. Utrecht University currently offers 5 English-language Bachelorís programmes and 86 English-language Masterís programmes.
(International) collaboration
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.
Three campuses
Ever since its foundation, the University has been located in Utrechtís historical, medieval town centre. The inner city campus comprises of two faculties. The other faculties are situated at the Utrecht Science Park, east of the town centre. The Faculty of Medicine is co-governed by University Medical Center Utrecht. A third campus, just outside the town centre, is home to the Utrecht School of Economics and the University College Utrecht, Utrecht Universityís international undergraduate college.

Accreditations of Utrecht University

All degree programmes offered by Utrecht University are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

Utrecht University is consistently positioned in the top 100 of all major international rankings:

Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong) 2015 #56

Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015 #62

Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking 2015 #71-80

QS World University Ranking 2015 #94

National Taiwan University ranking 2015 #35

CWTS Leiden ranking 2015 #60

U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Ranking 2015 #69


Utrecht University provides you with access to a great range of facilities and social activities. Utrecht University offers excellent ICT facilities and a modern library. The university buildings have modern facilities and there are numerous computer and reading rooms for students use. A number of university buildings have areas available for rest and contemplation.

Please note that not all of the options mentioned here may be available to you - it depends on the specific course or programme you follow. Campus life is very intense for instance at University College and Roosevelt Academy where you eat, study and live on their campuses. As an exchange student, you might live in a privately rented room in the old city centre of Utrecht and just visit campus for study purposes. PhD students are usually employees of Utrecht University and therefore do not use student facilities.

Student life at Utrecht University

Together, Utrecht University and the city of Utrecht create a comfortable environment for students to study in. Utrecht has a bustling student community, which offers plenty of opportunity for extracurricular activities. There are many different student organisations and societies in Utrecht. Utrecht University has its own cultural centre Parnassos which provides you with plenty of opportunities to explore your talents via the performing arts and creative workshops. De Uithof also provides you with excellent sports facilities at Olympos.

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