Why in Utrecht

What differentiates this Master's from similar programmes at other universities?

Youth Studies at Utrecht University combines behavioural perspectives with social perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach will teach you multiple kinds of basic skills, such as:

  • analysing problems from different angles.
  • designing, applying and evaluating interventions that are meant to influence individual behaviour. These can be behavioural interventions to reduce youngsters' drugs/alcohol abuse or compulsive smartphone use.
  • designing, applying and evaluating policies: measures meant to change the 'rules' of society. These can be a higher minimum age for youngsters to legally buy alcohol and policies regarding soft drugs.

In practice, society requires professionals capable of analysing and intervening in both behaviour and policy to solve problems.

Get to know our alumni!

World-class university
Utrecht University
Academy Building Utrecht University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Masters' programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates: G. ‘t Hooft, M.J.G. Veltman, P.J. Crutzen, N. Bloembergen, T.C. Koopmans, L.S. Ruzicka, P. Debye, C. Eijkman, R.Magnus, W. Einthoven, W.C. Röntgen and J.H. van ‘t Hoff.

A lively, bustling student city
Utrecht's canals by night
Utrecht's canals by night

Utrecht is a city of unparalleled vitality in the middle of the Netherlands. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to host world-class festivals, fashionable shops, modern architecture and fascinating museums. You will find lots of friendly outdoor cafés and restaurants. It is only thirty minutes from Schiphol airport and all of the Netherlands is just a short journey away.

Lonely Planet ranks Utrecht in their top-10 of the world's unsung places!

CNN lists Utrecht as one of the world's best cycling cities.

The Guardian (June 2015) tips Utrecht as "the laidback alternative to Amsterdam".