Pre-Master's programme

If you do not meet the entry requirements you might be considered for a Pre-Master's programme. This is for the Admissions Committee to decide. The Pre-Master's programme comprises 45 or 60 EC.

We offer a Pre-Master's programme for students who have a Bachelor’s degree from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) in the area of theatre, dance, media, arts and culture. Do you have a university Bachelor's degree, but do you not comply with the entry requirements, please contact us. 

Entry requirements

Check the entry requirements to see if you are eligible for a Pre-Master’s programme. Here you will also find information about the application process. Please note: a Pre-Master's Programme is only available for students with a Dutch educational background who do not need housing, and who do not have or require a residence permit for study purposes.* In addition, the language of instruction for most courses is Dutch.


The schedule below provides a general idea of what your programme may look like. The teaching season consists of two semesters, each semester comprises 2 study periods of approximately 10 weeks. 

Study period 1Study period 2
Study period 3Study period 4


Have a look at the costs of a Pre-Master’s programme (in Dutch). 

When in doubt about your residence permit, you can send an email to Utrecht University's International Student Admissions, including a copy of both sides of the permit. Do not forget to state clearly that you are referring to a Pre-Master’s programme. 

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