Are you hungry for knowledge, do you have a critical attitude and are you persistent? On top of that, do you like to often work together with fellow students and lecturers to, for an example, organise a symposium or a study trip abroad? If so, the honours programme could be right up your alley.

What is an honours programme?

Honours programmes are extra-challenging degree programmes that continue where regular university-education programmes end. The education programmes are both broadening and deepening and provide you with enough room to look beyond the limits of your field. At Utrecht University you can choose between honours programmes within your own Bachelor’s programme or interdisciplinary honours programmes at UU Honours College.  Most honours programmes start after the beginning of your degree programme.

Why honours?

Honours programmes bring out the best in yourself. You will work together with your fellow students a lot and delve deeper into the material together. In an honours programme, you will never settle for the answer 'it's just the way it is'. You encourage each other to perform better and you learn to handle situations in a creative manner.

Honours certificate

An honours programme is also excellent preparation for a successful career. After graduating, you will receive an honours certificate. You will also have an advantage if you apply for a scholarship or want to enrol in a follow-up study, either within the Netherlands or abroad.

Honours community

As an honours student at Utrecht University, you will become familiar with research in multiple projects early on and you get the chance to develop your talents to their maximum levels. There is also a study community where you can organize many things, such as guest lectures by prominent scientists, mutual exchanges of knowledge, excursions and study trips abroad.

More information honours

The UU Honours College can help you with questions about all UU honours programmes or refer you to the right colleague.


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University Library, Drift 27, room 1.52 & 1.53 

Utrecht honours education website