Limited enrolment

Some programmes can only accommodate a certain number of students and will conduct their own selection processes to decide which students to admit. These selection processes consider not just academic performance but also other relevant competences.

Participating in the selection procedure for a limited enrolment programme is free of charge.

Utrecht University currently has 5 limited enrolment programmes:

   Applications on:
 Capacity % 16 January 202316 January 202316 January 202216 January 2021
Biomedical Sciences (Biomedische Wetenschappen)175335%586625649
Clinical Sciences (Zorg, Gezondheid en Samenleving)50332%166205n/a
Medicine (Geneeskunde)304501%1.5231.5231.716
Pharmacy,including the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences) (Farmacie)300216%649662645
Psychology (Psychologie)600363%2.1762.1411.962
Veterinary Medicine (Diergeneeskunde)225476%1.0511.2221.230


The registration, selection and final enrolment for limited enrolment programmes consist of seven steps. During the process, you will receive information and instructions in Studielink or directly from the programme (specifically steps 3 and 4) and International Student Admissions (specifically steps 3, 5, 6 and 7).

Step 1: before 25 December

Obtain a DigiD or Studielink username and password

If you officially live in the Netherlands (you are registered in a Dutch municipality), you will have to use DigiD to log in to Studielink. Studielink is a national enrolment system for degree-seeking university students in the Netherlands. Apply for your DigiD on the DigiD website before the Christmas holidays. You should receive your DigiD within five working days. You will need this DigiD when you register for the programme and when you apply for your study grant.

If you do not (yet) live in the Netherlands, you will need to register through Studielink using a Studielink username and password.

Step 2: before 16 January

Submit your enrolment request in Studielink

Submit your request for enrolment for the academic year 2023-2024 for one or two programmes in Studielink between 1 October 2022 and 15 January 2023 (23.59 CET). For the following programmes, you may only do so at a single institution in any given academic year:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Dental Hygiene

For example: you are not permitted to register for Medicine at both Utrecht University and the University of Groningen in the same year. However, it is possible to register for Medicine at Utrecht University and Dentistry at the University of Groningen.

There is a national maximum of three selection attempts for each programme. For bachelor’s programmes with limited enrolment at Utrecht University, there is maximum of:

  • Clinical Sciences (Zorg, Gezondheid en Samenleving): three attempts
  • Biomedical Sciences (Biomedische Wetenschappen): two attempts
  • Medicine (Geneeskunde): two attempts
  • Pharmacy, including the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences) (Farmacie): three attempts
  • Psychology (Psychologie): three attempts
  • Veterinary Medicine (Diergeneeskunde): three attempts

Step 3: between 16 January and 15 April

Take part in the selection procedure

After registration, you will receive an e-mail containing your login details for OSIRIS Online Application. You will be asked to upload documents (e.g. qualification certificates) and questionnaires. The programme questionnaire must be completed before 31 January 2023. If you fail to do so, you will be excluded from the selection procedure. You will subsequently receive information about the exact selection procedure, the criteria and the date of the selection day. See the programme(s) of your choice for more information about the selection procedure.

The Utrecht University selection days will be held between 1 February and 16 March 2023:

  • Pharmacy: 11 February 2023
  • Medicine: 18 February 2023
  • Biomedical Sciences: 25 February 2023
  • Psychology: 25 February 2023
  • Veterinary medicine: 4 March 2023
  • Clinical Sciences: 18 March 2023

You will find the selection regulations for each programme at the bottom of this page, including the selection criteria.

Please bear in mind that the selection procedure for each limited enrolment programme will require you to do between 20 and 50 hours of homework.

Step 4: 15 April

Studielink will inform you of your ranking number

You will receive your ranking number from Studielink by e-mail on 15 April. Your programme will send you an explanatory e-mail about this ranking number. Please ask for an explanation of the programme by e-mail. If you still disagree, you may object. The procedure will be explained in the e-mail.

Step 5: between 15 April and 15 September

Accept your place (provided that your ranking number is good enough)

Depending on your ranking number, you may receive an offer to accept a place in the programme in Studielink. You may accept (or decline) this place within two weeks in Studielink by carrying out the ‘Arrange your placement’ to-do actionPlaces will be offered between 15 April and May, July or early September, as other candidates withdraw or fail to submit the requirements mentioned in step 6. If you have not received an offer by 15 September, your ranking number was too high and you will not be able to start the programme in 2023-2024.

Tip: check your e-mail, including your spam folder, at least once a week from 15 April, even while you are on holiday.

Step 6: before 31 August

Meet the subject requirements before 31 August or 1 June (for ENTRY visa/residence permit only)

You will need to have met all the programme subject requirements (including the language test) and have sent a hard copy of your qualification certificates(s) to International Student Admissions before 31 August.

If you require an entry visa/residence permit for study purposes:

  • You must obtain your secondary school leaving qualification before 31 August 2023.
  • All the other subject requirements must be met before 15 June 2023.

International Student Admissions will guide you through this step. If you fail to meet all educational entry requirements by this deadline, the offer will be withdrawn. This means you will have to participate in another selection procedure in a new academic year. You can ask the university to cancel your selection attempt. There is a national maximum of three selection attempts for one programme.

Step 7: complete your enrolment at Utrecht University

Arrange an authorisation for tuition fee payment

Please remember that you need to complete your enrolment on time and arrange an authorisation for the payment of your tuition fee in Studielink. You can authorise the payment from 1st of June 2023 onwards, up until the 31st of August 2023.

Deviation of the rules

In certain situations, you may ask the university to deviate from the rules, for example if you fail to pass your exams and wish to cancel your selection attempt.


The rules for the five academic programmes with an intake restriction are recorded in: