Application Procedure Degree Students

Our new portal is open for applications to the Fall 2019 semester. To acces the application form, you must first register using Studielink. You will then receive an email from Studielink with access details to the online application form.

You apply to University College Utrecht online through Studielink.

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Please check that you have the following documents available before applying:

Copy of passport

A valid passport must contain your signature.


Grade transcript
  • If you have not yet passed your exams, please upload an official copy of your latest report card.
  • If the documents are not in Dutch, English, German, Spanish or French, you must provide an official English translation.
  • Please note that we cannot accept predicted grades.
Diploma statement
  • If you have already obtained your diploma, please provide a scan.
  • If not, we require an officially signed and stamped statement from your high school, listing:
    • name of the diploma to be achieved
    • expected diploma / graduation date
    • a list of subjects and, when applicable, the level of these subjects
Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)

Refer to the entrance requirements to check whether you need to provide proof of English proficiency and to see which tests are accepted by UCU. Your English proficiency results need to be in form of an official certificate or you need to authorize UCU to verify your results online.

An academic referee

You need at least one academic referee; a teacher who knows you in a classroom setting. Your maximum of three referees can be supplemented by other trusted people who know you closely (for example your school counselor, your employer or supervisor from work). The referee(s) will be sent a standardized recommendation form that they will return to us confidentially.


Motivation letter

Please state in your own words why you would like to study at University College Utrecht. At least answer the following questions:

  •          Why do you want to study at a Liberal Arts and Sciences college?
  •          What combination(s) of fields or subjects would you be interested in, and why?
  •          How do you see your role as a student at this residential college?

Length of the motivation letter: Not longer than 500 words



The selection procedure takes place in three phases: 

  1. Your application is checked for completeness and then reviewed. Based on this review you may be invited for an interview.
  2. Interviews are conducted by a member of the UCU faculty, either in person or over the telephone / Skype. The interview focuses not only on your academic performance but also inquires into your personal interests, background and motivations. The interview is held in English and will therefore also serve to assess your English proficiency. 
  3. If you are admitted you receive information on the registration procedure and, if applicable, additional information on visa and insurance. You also receive an acceptance form which you have to return for your admission to be processed. If you are not admitted you receive a rejection letter. It is possible to reapply for the next semester or academic year, but you will need to provide new information regarding your academic background or other relevant experience, otherwise your application will not be considered.


Due to the thorough and comprehensive nature of the procedure UCU enforces strict application deadlines and time schedules for the application process.

Early Decision

UCU now offers the opportunity to receive an early decision. The deadline for early decision is January 1. Early decision applicants will receive a decision by March 1. To qualify for early decision, applications must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The application file must be complete, including recommendation form(s), by the early decision deadline.
  • UCU must be able to fully assess the diploma and / or transcript submitted with the application.
  • The applicant must be available for an admissions interview before the third week of February.

If an application for the early decision deadline fails to meet one or more of these requirements, it cannot be considered for early decision; it can, however, be considered within the regular decision admissions procedure.  

UCU reserves the right to move the early decision date, should the Admissions Office become overburdened. If that happens all early decision applicants will be informed.

Communication with Applicants 

Early decision applicants will receive a decision on March 1. This decision is either admitted, rejected or waitlisted. Waitlisted applicants will receive more information about the waitlist procedure. Applicants who are not invited for an interview, will be informed as soon as their application has been reviewed.

All other applicants will receive a decision on May 1. This decision, too, is either admitted, rejected or waitlisted. Waitlisted applicants will receive more information about the waitlist procedure. Applicants who are not invited for an interview, will be informed as soon as their application has been reviewed. In exceptional cases applicants may receive a decision before May 1.

Transfer of Credit

Applicants who have completed course work at a university can apply for a transfer of credit, subject to the following constraints:

  • You can transfer either 30 or 60 ECTS (1 or 2 semesters of course work).
  • Requests are subject to assessment by and approval of the Board of Examination, based on the courses completed and the proposed area of studies at UCU.
  • Requests are assessed on an individual basis.

Note that not all university course work can automatically be considered for transfer of credit. The Dutch educational system differs from many other educational systems, and in some cases this means that university course work is required to be admitted to a Dutch university in the first place

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I want to start in Spring. Should I register for the 2019-20 academic year in my Studielink online application?
A: A: If you are applying to start in Fall 2019, you will need to register in Studielink for the academic year of 2019-2020 (September 1 – August 31). You can then specify the spring starting date of September 1st in Osiris, our online application platform.

Q: I have received an offer for entry in the coming semester. Can I defer my offer to the next semester?
A: Applicants who apply for admission are expected to matriculate if accepted. Deferrals are only granted under exceptional circumstances.