Study Abroad Program Overview
Located just 30 minutes away from Amsterdam by train, Utrecht attracts many visitors with its picturesque cobblestone streets, tree-lined canals, multitude of shops and cafés, and the medieval quarter. Students comprise nearly 20 percent of Utrecht’s population, giving the city a university town atmosphere. UCU is an elite honors college enrolling only 700 students in liberal arts and sciences. Courses at UCU are taught in English and the small classes, private tutor, and informal environment provides individual attention.
Your program begins with a two-week Dutch Culture and Language (DCL) course to provide you with an introduction to Dutch history and culture and some everyday phrases in Dutch.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
You learn some elementary Dutch in the Dutch Culture and Language course at the beginning of your stay in the Netherlands. Further language study is available during the term, but not required.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early August to late December
early January to mid-May
early August to mid-May
You can sign up for the fall program and decide after you arrive to stay for
You live on campus with international and Dutch students in residence halls in units of 6 to 12 students. Each unit has shared bathrooms and a living room. The campus dining hall provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner for students and faculty. More Information on Housing
University College Utrecht has a variety of extracurricular activities on campus and encourages exchange students to participate. There is a large student sports center about ten minutes from the campus as well as numerous student sports clubs in the city. Joining a student organization is a good way to expand your circle of acquaintances and make new friends.
UCU students will receive a student card, which provides access to libraries, computer facilities, and discounts on sports and cultural events.
Visit the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) to find out about activities such as excursions, city trips, theme and international parties and sporting events that help international students integrate into the Utrecht student life.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. The UCU International Office staff and a local UCEAP staff member will help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics. University College Utrecht assigns you a tutor who can assist you with personal as well as academic matters.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
This program offers regular university courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. University College Utrecht has excellent course offerings in biology, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
All courses are worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units and instruction is in English.
The program begins with a required Dutch Culture and Language Program (DCL) that introduces you to the city, university, and the Dutch language.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
DCL: 3 quarter/2 semester UC units; one course
Term: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester are required; four courses
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Research may be possible on this program. Each faculty offers a Research Thesis course that you may enroll in provided that you have the appropriate academic background. The Research Thesis courses are intended for third or fourth year students only and are best suited for students on the year program.
Internships and Independent Study are not possible on this program.
University College Utrecht
The University College Utrecht, founded in 1999, is an honors college specifically centered on the liberal arts and sciences. Hosting only about 700 students, UCU’s campus is housed on an old military base originally titled Kromhout Kazerne.
Among the special characteristics of UCU are its small classes, its system of individual advisors called “tutors,” and its informal environment that encourages individual attention and lively intellectual exchange among students and instructors. The College specializes in undergraduate teaching and strives to connect rather than isolate fields of study, challenging you to integrate different aspects of your curriculum. Given its small size and residential character, you will quickly get to know other students, so it is a friendly place to reside and study.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Pre-Departure expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- On-site orientation
- Dutch Culture and Language course (DCL)
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Desire to live and study in a small, residential college setting and actively participate with other students in the learning process.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by University College Utrecht.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: