How to apply

Step 1. Can I study at the Faculty of Humanities as an exchange student?

Is there an agreement between your home university and Utrecht University?

There should be either a faculty-agreement or a university-wide agreement between your home university and Utrecht University. Check with your home university to find out if you qualify for an exchange to Utrecht. Please note that the Faculty of Humanities does not accept Visiting Students or Free Movers.

Do you meet our language requirements?

You are required to have a good command of English. If you are not a native speaker, you must be able to prove that you have at least B2 level (for Bachelor courses) or C1 level (for Master courses) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You will be asked to submit a Language Proficiency Form as part of your application. If you wish to follow courses in another language than English (i.e German, French, Spanish, Italian) then you must also prove your language proficiency in that language. If you wish to follow courses that are taught in Dutch, the requirements differ per level (B2 for level 1 or 2, C1 for level 3, C2 for Master). Please note that some courses may have additional or higher language requirements.

Does our schedule work for you?

Our academic year is divided in two semesters:

Semester 1 (Fall): early September until end of January

Semester 2 (Spring): early February until end of June

You should plan to be in Utrecht from Sep. 1st until Jan. 31st and from Feb. 1st until Jun 30th.

The Faculty of Humanities does offer an Early Exit option for exchange students whose home university requires them to return home before January (due to conflicting academic calendars). The Early Exit option means that you can finish the course before Christmas break, for a course load of 5 ECTS instead of the normal 7,5 ECTS. Please note that by choosing this option, you cannot receive a full course load.

Step 2. What courses can I take?
  1. Read our Course Selection Guide thoroughly, so that you are aware of all the possibilities and limitations that you should take into account.
  2. Once you've read the guide, browse through our course offer on
  3. Questions? Contact us at
Step 3. Nomination from your home university

You must first be selected and nominated by your home university. Contact your home university coordinator about the selection processes and deadlines. You cannot apply for an exchange without being nominated by your home university.

  • Nominations must be sent by your home university coordinator to
  • Nominations must be sent to us by: April 15th (semester I) or September 15th (semester II)
  • Nominations must include: the student's name, emailaddress, programme of study, level of study (Ba/Ma)

After you have been nominated by your home university, you will receive an email from us in which we will send you instructions and the link to our online application form. We will request the following documents:

  • a copy of your passport (or ID card for EU-citizens)
  • a grade list/transcript of grades
  • proof of language proficiency (if applicable)
  • proof of your Bachelor degree (if you wish to enrol in Master-level courses)
Step 4. Application Deadlines

We can only accept exchange students who have submitted their (complete) application before the deadlines:

    Exchange in semester I (Sep-Jan): 1 May

    Exchange in semester II (Feb-June): 1 October