Why Utrecht University

university college utrecht tutor meeting

Active learning

The small-scale and interactive class format creates optimal opportunity for learning. Students write papers, give presentations, lead discussions about reading materials, engage in debate, work on assignments in small groups, analyse data and so on. They receive feedback on their work in order to improve their academic skills and levels of understanding.

Studying at University College Utrecht requires good planning; students have four classes every semester and each has deadlines for reading assignments, presentations and papers. Every student has a personal tutor available for help if they encounter problems in study planning.


Liberal Arts and Sciences

According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “liberal education is an educational philosophy rather than a body of knowledge, specific courses, or type of institution. By drawing on a broad range of knowledge, it asks students to grapple with complicated, important issues, and usually expects them to learn about at least one subject in greater depth and at an advanced level. Intellectual growth occurs as both broad and deep learning challenge previously held beliefs.” Student explore their academic interests and compose their own curriculum combining at least two subjects from humanities, science and/or social science. For more information see the our Curriculum page. 

Campus life

University College Utrecht is modelled broadly on American college campuses: all buildings are located together on our historic site, including student accommodation, classrooms, social facilities and staff offices. Our students are selected against criteria which highlight their academic and extra-curricular potential.

At University College Utrecht, students are strongly encouraged to take active roles both on and off the campus, whether it be organising student activities, volunteering in the local neighbourhood, participating in cultural or academic workshops, or playing sports. A unique spirit of community and participation at University College Utrecht means that students learn, develop and enjoy life both inside the classroom and outside it.