As a small-scale, intensive programme, the PPE programme is designed for ambitious students. The relatively low intake of only 75 students a year means that you will get to know your fellow students and your lecturers very well. To facilitate the building of a community, all classes and educational activities are centred at a dedicated location for PPE students and staff, in the historic Descartes building at the International Campus Utrecht. PPE is more intensive than other programmes at Utrecht University, totalling 16 class hours a week – 33% more than the university’s regular Bachelor’s programmes. Also, self-study assignments are generally more challenging than those in the regular Bachelor’s programmes.

Extracurricular activities

In addition to taught courses, the programme includes various extracurricular activities. PPE’s curricular and extracurricular activities are strongly connected, with the extracurricular programme encouraging you to deepen your knowledge and sharpen key personal and professional skills – more so than in other Bachelor's programmes. You will do this by working on independent projects, organising and attending events with fellow students (from Model United Nations to film nights and the end-of-the-year BBQ) and engaging with the world beyond academia by connecting with professionals at public and private institutions. 

Honours programme

Do you want an extra challenge? For Dutch students, we offer an honours programme

Utrecht Summer School

Do you want to get to know Utrecht already during the summer holidays? Do you want to become familiar with the Dutch language, improve your academic English or learn more about Dutch culture? The Summer School Utrecht offers more than 200 summer courses in an international environment, attracting over 3000 students from over 120 different countries.

For more information: utrechtsummerschool.nl
The costs for summer school courses are not included in the tuition fees for the Bachelor's programme PPE.

Honours programme