Founded in 1636 and located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of Europe's leading research universities. We are recognised internationally for our high-quality, innovative approach to research and teaching.

As an international student, you’ll be in good company at Utrecht University. Every year, approximately 1,500 international students come to the university to take English-taught degree programmes and other courses. Students work and study closely together, learning to operate in an international environment from the outset. This is essential for scientists and scholars in our increasingly globalised world.

Students and Programmes

About 30,000 students from more than 100 countries study at Utrecht University. Of which, more than 1200 are exchange students.

Utrecht University has signed the Dutch Code of Conduct with respect to international students, which guarantees a proper recruitment, selection and coaching of international students.

Top-100 university

Utrecht University is a true top-100 university. The Shanghai Ranking ranks Utrecht University as 1st in the Netherlands, 22nd in Europe and 65th in the world. The Best Global Universities Ranking ranks the University als 1st in the Netherlands and 15th in Europe. The Times Higher Education Ranking places the university at number 79. The university has also been ranked as 34th worldwide by the Taiwan Ranking, published by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council.

About reputation

The Nobel Prize is the most prestigious prize in science. The prize was first granted in 1901. Since that time, it has been awarded to 12 of Utrecht scholars.