University College Utrecht

UCU is modelled broadly on American college campuses: all buildings are located together on our historic site, including student accommodation, classrooms, social facilities and staff offices. UCU students are selected against criteria which highlight their academic and extra-curricular potential.

At UCU, students are strongly encouraged to take active roles both on and off the campus, whether it be organizing student activities, volunteering in the local neighborhood, participating in cultural or academic workshops, or playing sports. A unique spirit of community and participation at UCU means that students learn, develop and enjoy life both inside the classroom and outside it.

All students graduate with a Utrecht University honors degree, either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts.

Find out more about the UCU curriculum, admissions and campus life or read the UCU Strategy document 2015-2019.

Active Learning

Learning is at the center of UCU education. Teaching is supposed to facilitate learning. The small-scale and interactive class format creates optimal opportunity for learning. Students write papers, give presentations, lead discussions about reading materials, engage in debate, work on assignments in small groups, analyze data and so on. They receive feedback on their work in order to improve their academic skills and levels of understanding.

In addition to these classroom activities students read course books and other materials and take examinations. Studying at UCU requires good planning; students have four classes every semester and each has deadlines for reading assignments, presentations and papers. Every student has a personal tutor available for help if they encounter problems in study planning.

Not UCU: School of Liberal Arts

Please note: UCU offers a traditional Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. Utrecht University also offers a non-residential Liberal Arts and Sciences program, the School of Liberal Arts, that is not affiliated with University College Utrecht.