Students in Classroom at University College Utrecht

Our education is characterized by its broad and interdisciplinary nature. As a student, therefore, you design your own curriculum. This means that the curriculum does not have a fixed structure; instead you combine different courses to assemble a personal study programme. Once you have completed the programme, you will receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or A Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

The full three-year programme has six semesters of four courses each. This means that your curriculum will consist of at least 24 courses (180 ECTS).

Curriculum structure

During the first year you explore the academic world and the various academic disciplines. You take general academic skills courses that help develop writing, presentation and methodological skills, and you start learning a foreign language. You take courses at the introductory 1-level in the three departments - Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

The second - or junior - year aims at expanding your knowledge and skills. Before the start of this year you declare a major in one of the three departments, or possibly an interdepartmental major. You take courses at the intermediate 2- and advanced 3-level.

During the third - or senior - year you focus on finalizing the programme by gaining sufficient disciplinary knowledge to apply for a Master’s programme or a job. Your study at the University College culminates in the research thesis, a sizeable academic paper on a topic of your own choice.


To guide you in your decisions and to safeguard a certain level of coherence in your curriculum, every student has a personal tutor. Your tutor monitors your progress and signals possible obstacles.

Curriculum enrichment

You can enrich your programme in several ways. Some of the options are the following:

  • Study abroad for a semester
  • Do an (international) internship
  • Take off-campus courses
  • Take a minor: four related courses in a department other than your major
  • Write an honors thesis

Visit the Curricular Options page for more information.