Degree from a non-Dutch university
This page outlines the step-by-step process for completing your application to a Master's programme at Utrecht University. Please read this information thoroughly before starting your application.
Please note: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS).
Depending on what your ambitions are, you pick a track:
This is a selective Master's. You can be admitted to the Master's programme in Intercultural Communication if you have a Bachelor's degree from a Dutch university (or an international equivalent) and have the following competences:
- You are able to recognise and implement interdisciplinary approaches in the field of intercultural communication. This is demonstrated by at least 15 EC language and communication science courses at an advanced Bachelor's level and 15 EC culture studies courses at an advanced Bachelor's level.
- Basic knowledge of and insight into the field of administration, management and organisation. This is shown by 7.5 EC in this field.
- Knowledge of and insight into the field of methods and techniques used in interdisciplinary research on intercultural communication. This is shown by 7.5 EC in this field.
- Research skills in the field of intercultural communication. You are - under supervision - able to design, execute, analyse and report on a small intercultural survey. Elaborate this point in your letter of motivation. Your eligibility for this programme increase if you’ve written your Bachelor’s thesis on a topic within the field of international communication.
- Communication skills. You can communicate in a clear and effective manner, tuned to your conversation partner(s) and the specific setting/situation and you are able to reflect on your own communicative actions in multilingual and/or intercultural settings. You are able to give or draw up adequate reports. This is evident from relevant components in your finished Bachelor's programme.
All students have to take non-language specific courses, regardless of what track you choose. For these courses we have the following requirements:
- The lectures are in English. Therefore the required language proficiency in English is B2-C1.
- The seminars of these courses are either in English or in Dutch. For English the requirement is C1. For the tutorials in Dutch the requirement is also C1.
In order to show your capacity in one of these languages, you need write the first part of your motivation letter either in Dutch or English.
All students take language specific courses. Depending on the track you are following different admission requirements apply.
Admission requirements for a language-specific track
- You have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the language and culture in question.
- You are fluent in the language of the language specific track (C1 level) and also have sufficient knowledge of a second language (B1 level). You can make a stronger case for your application for the multilingual track by submitting official documents that substantiate your language skills. Check the summary for all language requirements (PDF).
Admission requirements for the multilingual track
- You have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in one of the languages and cultures of our programme, or in, for example, Language and Cultural Studies, Communication and Information Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences or Media and Culture.
- You are proficient (B2 or C1 level) in one language (German, English, French, Italian, Dutch or Spanish) and have a sufficient knowledge (B1 level) of a second language. You can make a stronger case for your application for the multilingual track by submitting official documents that substantiate your language skills. Check the summary for all language requirements (PDF).
The Admissions Committee decides on your application. On the basis of the documents submitted by you, the committee will assess whether you will be able to successfully complete the Master’s programme within the nominal duration. The committee also takes into account:
- Motivation and talent.
- Level of relevant knowledge and command of the methods and techniques used in the discipline.
- General academic professional and intellectual ability.
- Command of the language(s) relevant to the programme.
- International education and work experience.
The programme is open for a maximum of 60 students per year. If the applications exceed the places available, the Admissions Committee will select the most suitable candidates. In doing so the committee will take motivation and study results into account and aims for an equal distribution of students between the different tracks within the programme.
If you do not possess a university Bachelor's degree with at least a B+ average, you may be asked to provide additional evidence of your academic reading and writing skills. The admissions committee may also ask for certificates with which you can substantiate your language skills in the languages you have chosen (see Competences: Language).
English language requirements
- IELTS, Academic Module (IELTS Online is not accepted). Minimum score 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing, speaking, listening and reading.
- TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score 93, at least 24 for reading, 22 for listening, 20 for speaking, 20 for writing. Institutional scores are not accepted. The TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062.
- Cambridge Certificate (not available to students from China)
- Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE). Minimum score: 176 total, 169 writing
- Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE). Minimum score: 180 total, 169 writing
You are exempt from the English language requirement if:
- you obtained your previous degree from a Dutch Research University.
- you obtained your secondary school diploma or Bachelor's degree in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa
- you obtained an English-taught International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma.
You can already start your application without having your English test results. Make sure that you include your test date in Osiris Online Application.
Please note: the application deadline for scholarship candidates is 1 February, not 1 December.
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All deadlines expire at 23:59 [CET/CEST] on the specified date. You must complete the application process (including submitting your application documents in OSIRIS Online Application and paying the application fee) by this time.
The following documents must be uploaded before the application deadline:
- A scan of your diploma (if necessary with official translations) or Proof of anticipated degree
- A scan of your transcript (if necessary with official translations)
- Curriculum vitae / resume
- A scan of your official English language test report or certificate.
- Passport copy
- The contact details of two referees
- Courses yet to be completed
- Motivation letter
- Preliminary idea for a research project (max 200 words).
- Formulate a concise research question relevant to the field of study and indicate the research methods you would use to answer it.
- Relevant courses
After submitting your application to Studielink, you will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application. Here you can upload all required documents, check the status of your application, enter contact details of your referee(s) and pay your application fee.
After you upload all documents in OSIRIS, International Student Admissions will verify them and send them to the Graduate School for evaluation. We strive to inform you of our decision within 30 working days after the application deadline.
Your admission letter will describe the next steps towards enrollment, and you will be asked to accept your offer. In most cases admission is conditional, which means you have to fulfill additional requirements such as sending certified digital copies or completing additional courses. These conditions, as well as the deadline, are clearly stated in your offer letter.
After accepting your offer, our Visa Office will guide you through the visa and/or residence permit process (if applicable).
When preparing your arrival prioritize the search for housing. Finding accommodation in Utrecht can be difficult and is often underestimated. Please note that if you have not found housing before the start of the academic year, we advise you to reconsider your enrolment.