War in Ukraine
Utrecht University is committed to supporting those who are directly or indirectly impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On this page, you can find information, links, and FAQs aimed at current and prospective students, staff, and refugees.
You don’t need an entry visa to travel to the Netherlands. Ukrainian nationals and long-term residents of Ukraine who fled Ukraine after 24 February 2022 may reside in the Netherlands without applying for asylum, under the so-called Temporary Scheme for International Students.
Unfortunately, we do not have a process in place for transfer students looking to finish their degree at UU. If you wish to pursue a degree programme, you will have to go through the regular admissions process. Once accepted into a programme, you may submit a request for validation and recognition of credits from courses completed at your previous university.
RefugeeHelp is the online starting point for Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands (and anyone who wants to help!).
The Dutch Council for Refugees has a special website for refugees from Ukraine, including information about finding shelter.
The Municipality of Utrecht (in Dutch) for more information about the initial reception of refugees.
For questions about applying for political asylum, please contact STIL Utrecht. They recommend students who have questions in this regard, to go to a (digital) consultation hour by Pieters advocaten: see Pieters advocaten website. This consultation is free of charge.
If you are a refugee bachelor student from Ukraine, you may be able to enroll at Utrecht University. You may follow courses that count towards your home degree, even if your home university does not have an exchange agreement with Utrecht University. Admission is case-by-case and depends on your completed courses so far. More information can be found on our application page for visiting students.
During the academic year, UU offers English-taught bachelor courses to refugee students for free through our Incluusion programme. During the summer break, Incluusion collaborates with Utrecht Summer School to offer courses for all academic levels. Incluusion Traineeships are also available, to gain work experience and practice the Dutch language. Keep in mind that these courses do not lead to EC (study points), but you will receive proof of attendance.
If you are a postdoc, MSc, or PhD student at a Ukrainian university/institute in the fields of Biofabrication, Orthopaedics, or Regenerative Medicine, contact Professor Jos Malda and colleague Riccardo Levato for paid internships at their research group.
If you are a student, teacher, or researcher at a Ukrainian university in the field of Mathematics, contact the UU Mathematical Institute to follow (online or on-campus) courses, access to a workstation, access to academic papers, lecture rooms for remote education, or travel funds.
If you are a clinical researcher at a Ukrainian university/institute and interested in temporary clinical research positions, please email your application to Nikki Giron and Maggy Ovaa from the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU). In your application please include your CV and/or some information about your background (including education, work experience, research interests).
If you are a student, teacher, or researcher at a Ukrainian university in the field of Information and Computing Sciences, contact Prof. Judith Masthoff from the UU Department of Information and Computing Sciences to follow (online or on-campus) courses, for access to a workstation, for access to academic papers, lecture rooms for remote education, or travel funds.
- There are currently no Utrecht University students or staff located in Ukraine, Russia, or Belarus. Conversely, over ten Ukrainian students and over fifty Russian/Belarusian students study at Utrecht University. Approximately fifty employees from the countries involved work for us.
- Utrecht University has suspended cooperation with educational and knowledge institutions in the Russian Federation and Belarus. For questions on what this means for you or your research/project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We expect that some of the students (and possibly staff) from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus will be in financial difficulty because of the war (and sanctions). For more information on support in case of acute financial need, visit our page about financial arrangements or contact email@example.com.
- The Dutch Immigration Service is going to be dealing leniently with current Ukrainian students and staff whose residence permits are set to expire in the coming period.
- If you are looking for mental support, please contact your academic adviser, manager, support chain for students, student psychologist, PhD psychologist, Staff welfare service or Let's talk.
All UU bachelor's and master's programmes will remain available to prospective students from Ukraine, Russia, or Belarus. Any changes to the admission process for degree-seeking students from these countries are published here. This webpage is the only source for up-to-date information on admissions procedures and conditions.
The deadline for bachelor applications was extended to 1 May 2022 for Ukrainian nationals and holders of a long-term Ukrainian residence permit. The deadline for master applications was 1 April 2022.
For the academic year 2022-2023, Ukrainian students are eligible for the lower, institutional (EU) tuition fee of €2,209. This exemption applies to all bachelor and master programmes, and is available to both newly enrolled as well as current Ukrainians studying at UU. Our admissions office is currently working on implementing this change. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, Utrecht University does not offer scholarships specifically aimed at prospective students from Ukraine.
You are exempt from the application fee if (a) you are applying for a full degree programme at UU, (b) you resided in Ukraine until 24 February 2022, and (c) you are a Ukrainian national or holder of a long-term Ukrainian residence permit.
You can donate to the Utrecht University Fund fundraising campaign to support affected students. Here you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about who can apply and under what conditions.
Would you like to offer refugees a temporary place to sleep as a host family? This is possible through the Protestant Diaconie Utrecht (in Dutch).
Would you like to donate humanitarian goods to Ukrainians in need? There is a collection drop-off point at Vening Meinesz Building room 0.22 organized by the Utrecht Helps Ukraine student initiative. The goods are sorted and sent to Poland from where they are delivered to aid organizations and Ukrainians in need. Especially canned/dry food, medicine, cleaning products, hygiene products and baby supplies are very much needed. For information and to make a drop-off appointment, please email email@example.com.
What is the background of the Russian invasion? What are the consequences of this war to the European Union? Just how effective are sanctions against Russia? And how will the war affect The Netherlands? Researchers from Utrecht University follow the situation closely and regularly publish articles. An overview of our experts and articles can be found in the dossier War in Ukraine.
Scientists of the initiative 'Ter Info' have written a letter to Dutch primary and high school teachers on how to discuss the war with their students (in Dutch).