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University College Utrecht, The Netherlands (Exchange)

IMPORTANT! Please note that this exchange program is limited in spaces we have to send students. We encourage you to apply, but encourage you to have a second program choice if you are not chosen to participate in this program.

Please Note: Early Application Deadlines!

The Program

The University College Utrecht (UCU) is the international Honors College of Utrecht and one of the most highly ranked universities in the world. UCU offers a liberal arts academic education, in which students and teachers alike are eager to excel in a small-scale educational setting. All instruction is in English.

UCU is an international community of students from all over the world. Withing a beautiful campus setting, UCU students help shape the educational community, creating formative experiences and establishing valuable relations in the process.

Utrecht University is renowned for its wide scope of high-quality academic activities. UCU students thus have access to excellent scientists, as their teachers or supervisors, in almost any field of study and research. So, when they graduate, our students have also delved deeply into a couple of specific fields. As a result of all this our graduates find their way to the most reputed graduate schools worldwide or make their mark in international professional organizations, companies, or government institutions. As a UCU exchange student you are automatically Utrecht University student, which affords you all sorts of other opportunities.

The city of Utrecht is a cosmopolitan, yet very pleasant and not overwhelming city, very much defined by its student population. Located in the geographical center of the Netherlands, Utrecht, with its 300,000 inhabitants, is the country’s fourth largest city.  With no less than 50,000 of the inhabitants being students, Utrecht is a real student city.

The Academics

You can receive a full semester’s worth of UConn Honors credit on this program. For a list of courses that you can take, please consult University College Utrecht’s course catalog. All fields in the departments of Social Science, Science and Humanities are open to exchange students.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

Important!
This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
CRLP 1193H Foreign Study UCHUMDUT10 Intro to Dutch Studies 4 6/30/2017
ECON 2198H Topics in Economic History and Thought UCHUMHIS20 Social and Economic History 4 6/30/2017
GEOG 1093H Foreign Study UCSSCGEO11 Intro to Human Geography 4 6/30/2017
ANTH 3093H Foreign Study UCHUMREL23 Religions in the Public Domain 4 12/31/2017
CRLP 1193H Foreign Study UCINTDUT11 Discovering the Dutch 4 12/31/2017
PHIL 4293 Foreign Study UCHUMPHI34 Senior Philosophy Seminar II 3 12/31/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study UCHUMHIS34 History of Ideas 19th and 20th Century 4 6/30/2018
LING 1793 Foreign Study UCHUMLIN21 Language Form and Meaning 3 6/30/2018
PHIL 1106 + PHIL 4293 Non-western and Comparative Philosophy + Foreign Study UCHUMPHI12 World Philosophies 3 + 1 6/30/2018
PHIL 2215 Ethics UCHUMPHI24 Ethics and Philosophy of the Human Being 3 6/30/2018
PHIL 4293 Foreign Study UCHUMPHI23 Twentieth Century Theoretical Philosophy 3 6/30/2018
GEOG 4700 Contemporary Europe UCSSCGEO33 European Integration 3 12/31/2018
PHYS 4093 Foreign Study UCSCIPHY11 Introduction to Quantum Physics 3 6/30/2019
HIST 2993 Foreign Study UCHUMHIS14 Modern History 4 6/30/2020
DMD 3993 Foreign Study UCHUMMAP22 Adaptation Studies: from text to screen 3 12/31/2021
ENGL 1693 Foreign Study UCHUMLIT11 Introduction to Literature 4 12/31/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study UCHUMHIS37 Transitional Justice: The Historical Dilemma of Retribution or Reconciliation 4 12/31/2021
POLS 3993H Foreign Study UCSSCPOL31 Comparative Political Institutions 3 6/30/2022

The Experience

It is mandatory for all incoming exchange students to live on UCU campus, and to participate in the meal plan offered by Dining Hall. A housing questionnaire is included in the acceptance package, sent by the Admission Office.

Campus life is an essential part of UCU’s philosophy. As an exchange student, you will, therefore, live on campus. Students come from diverse backgrounds, and living together provides unique opportunities to learn from each other’s experiences. Students are encouraged to take part in a wide array of on-campus organizations, special interest committees and contests.

UCU has multiple residence halls. Each hall is divided into different units. Between 6 and 12 students live in a unit, in which they have a private room and share a living-room, kitchenette and one or more bathrooms. The units are a mix of different genders, ages, and nationalities. Rooms vary in size between 12 and 20 m² and are comfortably furnished with at least a bed, a desk and a wardrobe. Most rooms are single, although some double rooms are available. While smoking is prohibited in all main campus buildings, students can express a preference for a smoking or non-smoking unit. Students are encouraged to eat in Dining Hall but kitchenettes are fitted with basic cooking appliances. Bathrooms are fitted with a shower, a toilet and a wash basin.

During the semesters all students are on a full board plan, allowing them to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner five days a week. On Saturdays and Sundays brunch and dinner are served. All meals are prepared and served in Dining Hall.

To the south of the Dom is the ‘museumkwartier’, the city’s museum quarter. There you will find a varied offering of excellent museums in a setting of picturesque courtyards, unexpected small restaurants and delightful little shops.

Along the canals you will find a rare phenomenon, of which Utrecht citizens are extremely proud: the wharves. These wharves, which provide direct access to cellars, were used for the loading and unloading of ships and the storage of goods in the Middle Ages. These days, they are mostly used as outdoor terraces for restaurants where you can enjoy a drink or a meal looking over a canal lit by decorative lights framing the contours of the bridges.

In terms of culture, Utrecht is a real festival city, with festivals like the Spring Dance Festival, the Holland Early Music Festival, The Holland Animation Festival and the Dutch Film Festival. When not hosting a festival, Utrecht is the stage for the ‘Cultural Sundays’ – cultural events inspired by a loc ation, theme or particular art form.

More information about Utrecht: Utrecht your way.

If you do not have a U.S. passport, you may need a visa to study at UCU.

Finances

Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/10/2017 10/09/2017 01/22/2018 05/15/2018
Academic Year 2018 02/07/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 02/07/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3