Exchange Program - Utrecht University

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Founded in 1636, Utrecht University (UU) is one of the top research universities in Europe, with the largest undergraduate population in the Netherlands, including students from over 125 countries. The size, status and international dimensions of the university ensure that courses in a wide variety of academic disciplines are taught in English. UNH undergraduate and graduate students may study abroad at UU.

Located in a beautiful section of the Netherlands, you will fall in love with Utrecht’s classic old-Dutch city center with 17th-century buildings, a medieval bell tower, several high-quality museums and terraced canals that encircle the old city. A university town since the Middle Ages, Utrecht has long enjoyed a vibrant student culture— with exhibits, live music, theater, dance, films, low priced restaurants and open-air markets.

Utrecht is easily navigable by foot, bicycle (most popular) and bus, and, as the center of Dutch rail system, enjoys easy access to the other cities in the Netherlands and Europe (Amsterdam is 35 minutes away, Paris 3 hours, Cologne 2 hours). To acclimate you to Dutch culture, the university offers many programs designed to help you experience Utrecht and the Netherlands off the beaten tourist track. For more information on Utrecht University, visit


Emma Brown (l) '13 and friend at Utrecht University orientationAcademics: This is a great exchange for students wanting to combine a study abroad opportunity with work in their majors and take Discovery requirements. Undergraduate courses in the following areas are offered:

  • Faculty of Humanities (mainly in: Conflict Studies, Women’s Studies, Dutch Studies, English, Media and Cultural Studies, History).
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioral Studies (mainly in: Sociology, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Science, Social Neuroscience).
  • Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (mainly in: Human Rights, European Law, Transnational Law, Economics, Business and Management).
  • Faculty of Geosciences (Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Planning, Environmental Sciences & Innovation Studies).

Graduate students should contact the Coordinator of Student Programs for specific course information.

Housing and Meals: SSH Short Stay, an independent housing organization, offers furnished, comfortable single and shared rooms that are mostly in international guesthouses. Utilities such as internet, water, gas and heating are included. Cooking utensils and cleaning materials are provided and international students can purchase bed linen from the rental office or bring their own. SSH is located a short distance from the University campus, De Uithof. SSH makes arrangements on a first come, first served basis, so it is strongly recommended that reservations are made early. Information about the housing process will be sent to students after acceptance by UU.

Extra-Curricular Activities: Utrecht has a bustling student community, which offers plenty of opportunity to get involved. There are approximately 150 student organizations and societies at UU. Some focus on socializing, while others center around religion, sports or cultural interests such as singing or photography.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid: UNH students pay their normal tuition and some fees, which is often the most affordable way to study abroad. UNH currently allows federal, state and institutional aid except work study to transfer for all UNH study abroad programs. Because each student’s financial aid package is unique, you will need to work with the UNH Financial Aid Office to learn how your financial aid will apply.

bicyclists in UtrechtTravel and Insurance: Students purchase their flight independently. Visit the study abroad section of the CIE website for information about the UNH Insurance and Travel Assistance Program.

Eligibility: Students need to meet UNH study away eligibility requirements. Visit the study abroad section of the CIE website for details. Applicants must be in junior standing when participating in the exchange.

Application Deadlines: October 1 for spring semester and March 15 for academic year. There is no program for only the fall semester.

What next? Attend a Study Abroad Information Session.  Applications are available from the Exchange Coordinator.

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