HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

Motto: The art of HKU - new practices, new solutions

Utrecht, Netherlands

No. Students: 3,900
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

Courage is something we appreciate and foster. The courage to keep your critical eye for the content and boundaries of your own discipline. What we ask of our students is an explorative attitude, an enterprising spirit and the will to opt for your own individual passion. We offer you the chance to discover and develop your talent. You learn hands on where your strengths lie and what you can offer the world as a designer, lecturer, producer or performer.At HKU, you will get plenty of opportunity to work with professional artists, the business community and intermediary organisations. You will therefore not only be trained in an art discipline, but you will also take your first steps on the road to becoming a professional creative entrepreneur.


HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is at the heart of the cultural and student life of Utrecht. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe.


HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, bachelor's and master's programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction and arts management.

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is internationally oriented and involved in numerous international programmes and projects. HKU maintains contact with almost 200 educational institutions abroad for the purpose of exchanging lecturers, students and projects. Almost 20% of the students come from outside the Netherlands. Foreign students can attend HKU as a regular student, an exchange student in programmes such as Erasmus, a bilateral exchange programme or as an MA, MPhil or PhD student.


Student Service Centre

Our Student Service Centre (SSC) has put together information on what you will need to arrange for your study. Procedures can be slightly different depending on your length of stay and which study you are planning to follow.

Functional disability? The Utrecht school of the Arts (HKU) operates in accordance with the Equal Treatment of Disabled and Chronically Ill People Act. Students with a disability or chronic illness are offered the opportunity to make use of modifications or special facilities.

Student life

The city of Utrecht is located within 30 minutes from Amsterdam and a few hours from major cities in Europe, like Paris, Berlin and London.

Art, history and student life

Utrecht has a rich history and is home to a great many monuments – ranging from Roman times through the Middle Ages to 20th-century architecture. The canals that are lined with wharf cellars and inviting terraces, old churches and naturally the impressive tower of the Dom cathedral add to the city’s ambience. Students make up a large part of the population of Utrecht, which offers all the facilities that could be expected of a true student city.

Culture is important to Utrecht. Each year, more than 650,000 people visit the renowned museums, nearly a million visitors attend events such as the Blues Festival, the Netherlands Film Festival, the Festival of Early Music, the Festival a/d Werf and the Utrecht Design Biennial, while about two million people make use of facilities such as cinemas, theatres and music centres. Furthermore, of all Dutch cities, Utrecht is the city with most people working in a creative profession.

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