University College Utrecht receives over 1,000 applications and around 250 students enrol each year. The selection procedure consists of four steps.
- Check for completeness and admissibility
- Holistic application review
Read more about what you can expect after you have submitted your application.
Your application is checked for completeness and admissibility by our Admissions Office. At this time, all of your submitted documents will be checked to determine if they meet the requirements and are complete. If a document is missing or does not meet the required standards, your application is considered incomplete. In this case, we will notify you by email and you will then be able to upload a new document or correct the information in OSIRIS Online Application.
Your application is reviewed by our committee of appointed readers. University College Utrecht has a holistic approach to admissions: this means we look at your application as a whole when assessing it. Your grades, statement of academic motivation, extracurricular activities, recommendations and performance in the interview round all contribute to the decision we make to offer you a place at University College Utrecht. A selected number of applicants will be invited for an interview.
If you are not chosen for an interview and receive a letter of rejection, it is possible to re-apply for the next semester or academic year, but you will need to provide new information regarding your academic background or other relevant experience. Without this information, your application will not be considered.
A small number of Early Round (1 December) applicants will not be selected for an interview but will be given the option to be reconsidered in the Regular Round (1 February).
Applicants who are selected for an interview will receive an invitation via email and are asked to book a timeslot for the interview.
The interviews are conducted by an academic staff member online via Microsoft Teams*. The interview is held in English.
The interview focuses not only on your academic performance but also explores your personal interests, background, and motivations. You also have the opportunity to ask questions about University College Utrecht.
*Our interviews have historically been conducted in person, over the phone or online. Due to COVID-19, interviews are now conducted online only until further notice.
You will receive an admissions decision based on the recommendation of the UCU Admissions Board. Your decision will be released by the deadline that correlates with your application round.
If you receive an offer of admission, the deadline to respond to your offer and other important information will be included in the offer letter.
Students who are not directly admitted will either be waitlisted or rejected. Reconsidered applicants will not receive a waitlist decision.
Information regarding what it means to be on the waitlist and how to proceed can be found on our Waitlist FAQ page.
If you are not admitted, you unfortunately will receive a letter of rejection. It is possible to re-apply for the next semester or academic year, but you will need to provide new information regarding your academic background or other relevant experience. Without this information, your application will not be considered.
Deferrals can only be considered in exceptional and unforeseen circumstances. If you wish to delay the start of your studies, you will be required to re-apply and provide new information regarding you academic background and other relevant experience.