Study Abroad Program Overview
Boasting the largest student community in the country, charming Utrecht is a top academic destination in Europe. Utrecht is also bike-friendly and hosts a multitude of shops and cafes. Utrecht University is known for its innovative research, rich traditions, and international environment, where English is widely spoken. Studying in the footsteps of twelve Nobel Prize winners, you can take courses in English in the areas of economics, law, film, international relations, gender and ethnicity studies, and many more. Pre-law students will find especially engaging course opportunities.
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.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early August to late January (students may arrange to take early exit exams in late December)
early January to late June
early August to late June
Fall semester students may arrange to complete exams by late December.
You can also sign up for the fall program and decide after you arrive to stay
for the year.
You will find your own housing in an apartment or student residence. Depending on your choice you will live with international, Dutch, or UC students. More Information on Housing
Utrecht University students can use the Cultural Center, which is located in the city center. With a UU student card, you can get discounts on extracurricular activities and access to libraries and computer facilities. Joining a student organization is a good way to expand your circle of acquaintances and make new friends.
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.
There is a large student sports center about ten minutes from the campus as well as numerous student sports clubs in the city.
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 International Office at Utrecht University and a local UCEAP staff member will help you integrate into the culture and university and provide assistance with course selection, housing, safety, and other 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).
Utrecht University offers courses in economics, English literature, media and culture, history, international studies, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, gender and ethnicity studies, and more. Students planning on attending law school will find a wonderful opportunity to take law and governance courses that provide an international perspective on legal studies.
For students in the sciences, there are courses offered in earth sciences, environmental studies, and geography. Utrecht University also has expanded its courses in English in the Biomedical Sciences
Department which may be of interest to students planning on attending medical school. These courses are intended for advanced students only and are mostly offered in the spring semester.
Semesters are divided into two blocks and you are required to take two courses per block. All courses are worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units and instruction is in English. See "Units" section below for information on early-exit courses.
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 required; one course
Term: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester are required; four courses
Fall Semester with early-exit*: 21 quarter/14 semester UC units required; four courses
*If you are on the fall program you will need to take early-exit exams in block 2 in order to return to your UC campus for winter quarter/spring semester. You will take 2 courses in block 1 for the full 6 quarter/4 semester units each and 2 early-exit courses in block 2 for 4.5 quarter/3 semester units each.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships are typically not available for this program.
There may be a few selective opportunities to do research on this program. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a research project course for Psychology students who have completed the Social Neuroscience course sequence at Utrecht University. The Biomedical Sciences department offers a research project course for Biology students who are in their third or fourth year of their degree. Both of these courses are best suited for yearlong students to take in the spring semester. You must apply to the courses through Utrecht University and acceptance is not guaranteed.
Utrecht University (UU) is one of Europe’s most prominent institutions of research and education. Founded in 1636, the university is one of the oldest and, with 25,000 students, the largest of 14 Dutch universities. Utrecht University is a highly-regarded international institution of learning, ranking first in the Netherlands, boasting twelve Nobel Prize winners, and having over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UU is especially well-known for its engaging and enriching law courses, especially interesting for UC students hoping to pursue a law degree after their undergraduate studies.
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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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 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
- 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.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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 Utrecht University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: