Tradition and history

Utrecht University looks to the future, without losing sight of the past.

Established in 1636, Utrecht University has a long history and is rich in tradition. The history of Utrecht University is reflected in the buildings, gardens and street names across the city.

  • News about UU's history

    • Dead and buried: funeral rituals at the university

      Background
      Every month, Emeritus Professor of University History Leen Dorsman describes something you must know about Utrecht University’s long history. This time: rituals surrounding bereavement.
    • Rumble in the joint: uproar in casa academica

      Background
      Every month, Emeritus Professor of University History Leen Dorsman describes something you must know about Utrecht University’s long history. This time: fights and feuds.
    • Money talks

      Background
      Every month, Emeritus Professor of University History Leen Dorsman describes something you must know about Utrecht University’s long history. This time: professors’ salaries.
    • Foreign students: they have always been here

      Background
      very month, Emeritus Professor of University History Leen Dorsman describes something you must know about Utrecht University’s long history. This time: the international students.
    • Anna Maria van Schurman: an academic multitalent

      Background
      Every month, Emeritus Professor of University History Leen Dorsman describes something you must know about Utrecht University’s long history. This time: the first female student.
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