Why Utrecht University

Broad perspective on language

The programme in Utrecht provides a broad education in Linguistics, spanning theory and experiments, language in the brain and language on the street, languages’ spoken form and conceptual representation. The practical aspect of language disorders and language technology is also covered. The lecturers are not only linguists but also mathematicians, psychologists and speech therapists.

Humanities for the science-minded

That’s what the Keuzegids higher education guide calls Linguistics. For the programme in Utrecht, this means learning to take a very careful look at language phenomena while applying a bit of mathematics. And thanks to the close ties between Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence in Utrecht, you can take courses in that programme as well.

In the lab and on the street

Utrecht has a special laboratory for linguistic research, including a baby lab where we study how children between 4 and 24 months acquire language. There’s a great chance that you’ll be involved in a study as well! But you can also take to the streets, to conduct fieldwork, such as on multilingualism or on different pronunciations..

Small-group learning experience

Linguistics in Utrecht is organised on a small scale, with teaching done in small groups and close connections between students and lecturers. The student society Babel plays an important role in social and academic life (with lectures, drinks receptions, study trips, book discounts).

International orientation

The programme in Utrecht is part of an internationally oriented research environment, with lecturers from all corners of the world and connections with research groups worldwide.

There’s actually still a lot that we don’t know about language. Which is why our lecturers are still engaged in a lot of research. That makes it exciting!

Outstanding university

Studying at Utrecht University means studying at one of the world's best universities. The Shanghai Ranking ranks Utrecht University as 1st in the Netherlands, 17th in Europe and 56nd in the world. The Best Global Universities Ranking ranks Utrecht University as 1st in the Netherlands and 15th in Europe. The Times Higher Education Ranking places the university in the top 100. The university has also been ranked as 34th worldwide by the Taiwan ranking, published by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council. This ranking also places Utrecht University ahead of all other Dutch universities. Read more about Utrecht University.

And finally... the city itself!

Studying at Utrecht University means studying in a lively city that is full of character. Your classes will be held in the centre of Utrecht, in listed buildings around Dom Church (Domkerk), within walking distance of the central trainstation and the University Library.

Utrecht is a true student city, which offers a variety of sports, culture and leisure. Read more about The Utrecht Introduction Time (UIT), finding accommodation, student organisations, sports and culture, and health and safety in Utrecht.