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Landscape shot of a traditional old street and colorful buildings in Utrecht, Netherlands. Utrecht, Netherlands

Program at a Glance

Utrecht University

Country or area Netherlands
City Utrecht
Class Level Jr, Sr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Fall sem, Spring sem, Year
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Utrecht is an international university town rich in music cellars, movie houses, and seasonal festivals. With all the picturesque details of a European city, tree-lined canals, cobblestone streets, and a medieval castle, it's off the radar of many tourists so you can live a true Dutch lifestyle. Start with a Dutch course to introduce the culture, everyday language phrases, and the city. Throughout the term, take day trips to Amsterdam, The Hague, and the rural village of Otterlo. Outside of class, retrace centuries of history in De Haar Castle and take a boat tour to float through the colorful neighborhoods lining the city canals.

Where you'll study

Located just 30 minutes away from Amsterdam by train, Utrecht is an attractive stop in the Netherlands. Students comprise nearly 20 percent of Utrecht’s population, giving the city a true university town vibe. It’s also the most sustainable city in the country with its solar-powered vehicles and strong biking culture. At Utrecht University (UU), you’ll be studying in the footsteps of twelve Nobel Prize winners. Enrolling directly in university classes, you’ll have full access to UU’s innovative research, rich traditions, and international environment. UU is one of the founders of the innovative Utrecht Science Park, a leading center for research in Europe. Extending beyond campus, the city of Utrecht is home to hundreds of exciting tech start-ups. Through guided city tours led by local students, you’ll discover for yourself why students are passionate about Utrecht and its beloved university.


Optional field trips and activities to introduce the local culture are available through your host university. Most events are free or discounted, but some come with an additional cost not included in UCEAP fees.


Trips to popular cities like Antwerp (Belgium) and Munich (Germany)

Formal boat gala and social nights

Sports activities like laser tag, bouldering, and bubble soccer

Weekend trip exploring Maastricht

Living in Europe means effortless travel to numerous countries. A weekend in Paris? Just a train ride away. A week in an all-inclusive Turkish resort? A few hours by plane. Not to mention the beauty of the Netherlands itself–old architecture, delicious stroopwafel, King's Day parades, and the greenest nature you've ever seen. Even though I encountered my fair share of obstacles (I was not sufficiently prepared for Dutch weather and I got on the wrong bus more times than I'd like to admit), my time studying abroad was remarkable.

Marina Krivonossova UC Irvine International Relations Netherlands