Our education

The classical model of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the core of our educational system. You learn to think critically and to employ multiple perspectives by studying different subjects from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science. At University College Utrecht, you learn to grapple with complicated issues that matter in today’s world.

University College Utrecht is committed to providing a top academic education with the aim of contributing to a better world. The intent of the international Liberal Arts and Sciences programme offered at UCU is not only to enable academic learning, personal growth and professional advancement, but also to prepare our students to fulfil their role as citizens, enabling them to connect with others and serve society in a range of different roles.

UCU students explore their academic interests across disciplines in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, composing their own multidisciplinary curricula. They thus encounter different ways of academic thinking and discussion. The diversity of disciplinary and cultural perspectives brought to the classroom by students from more than 65 countries elevates the discussion and deepens understanding. Enhancing this effect is the small size of our international classrooms, on average 20 students, which allows for interactive teaching.

University College Utrecht students are required to write papers, give presentations, engage in debate, work on assignments in small groups, analyse data and learn the essential academic competencies for research. Students also receive regular feedback from teachers and classmates and are encouraged to reflect on their own progress. 

Studying at University College Utrecht requires good planning and frequent decision making. Students usually take four classes every semester and each class has deadlines for reading assignments, presentations and papers. Each student is assigned a personal tutor to advise them how to plan their study programme and make the right choices for their curriculum.

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After graduation

UCU graduates go on to lead successful careers in a variety of fields, from research and academia to law, politics, consultancy, medicine, the arts, governance and beyond.

After graduation, the vast majority (90%) of students continue with a Master’s programme either at Utrecht University or at another university in the Netherlands or abroad. Nearly a quarter go on to pursue a Doctorate degree.

Our alumni possess a wealth of interdisciplinary and intercultural communication competences which are assets in contributing to society and in their chosen careers. Many of our international alumni stay in the Netherlands for their further education and careers, contributing to trade and the development of cultural relations between the Netherlands and their home countries.

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