Utrecht University ranks first among Dutch universities and is highly competitive among universities in Europe. Students take courses in the Utrecht School of Economics (USE) housed in the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. USE has an English-language track, in which all courses are taught in English. They take a multidisciplinary approach that fosters the integration of and collaboration between general economics and business economics. Participation is for the academic year or the fall or spring semester. Academics at USE are rigorous, and students should expect to work hard and independently. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
The historic city of Utrecht, with its charming canals and outdoor terraces, is the 4th largest city in the Netherlands. Located in the center of the country with Amsterdam just 30 minutes, and Paris 4 hours, away by train, the central location allows students to take advantage of the charms of campus life and a scenic location with easy access to fascinating travel destinations around Europe. With a population of over 300,000, it is a vibrant, sociable city. Rich with culture, Utrecht offers museums, festivals, Cultural Sundays, the City-theatre and concert hall. The long history of this 2000-year old city is evident in its ancient churches, the Dom tower, and the old inner-city of small streets, canals and cellars.
With 7 faculties, including the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance, Utrecht University prides itself on combining excellent teaching with a multidisciplinary approach with innovative research and international partnerships with other research universities around the world. Celebrating its 380th year, its origins lie even further in the medieval past, but its focus is decidedly forward-looking. It consistently ranks as one of the top 100 universities in the world.
Utrecht School of Economics (USE) has been one of Utrecht University’s areas of expertise for many years. Unlike any other university in the Netherlands, USE allows students to combine economics with a second discipline, such as geography, law, social sciences or psychology. They aim to create highly qualified economists who are independent thinkers with strong research and professional skills and an international perspective.
There are two semesters, and each is divided into two periods. In each period students take two courses. Courses are generally worth 4 credits in the U.S. university credit system. Credit towards the requirements of a major or a minor is evaluated by the relevant department. Students should discuss their intention to participate on the program with all appropriate academic advisors and obtain pre-approvals for courses. For non-Binghamton students, approval of credit toward the student's degree is the responsibility of the home campus.
The following are just a sample of the kinds of courses available at USE:
Contemporary Economics in Historical Perspective
Economics of the Public Sector
Financial Accounting and External Accountability
Sample courses in the Optional Minors:
Economics of Cities
Law and Economics
Psychology and Economic Behaviour
Information on the academic program, course offerings and tracks for USE may be found online at on their Economics Course Site.
Students make their own travel arrangements to the Netherlands. The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at USE arranges pick-up services at Schiphol Airport or Utrecht Central Station and provides a comprehensive orientation and assists students to get their residence permit. There are many student organizations and societies in Utrecht which organize social activities, lectures and excursions.
Participants live alongside Dutch and other international students in apartments off campus. Rooms are generally singles, and students share bathrooms, and common areas. Housing is very limited in Utrecht. Thus, the university reserves a number of units through SSH Short Stay Accommodation. All accommodation is fully furnished, comes with cooking utensils and cleaning materials, has internet access and is within easy reach of the University. Bed linens can be purchased from the rental office or students can supply their own. Housing fills quickly and is allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, students should register for housing through SSH as soon as registration opens.
In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,993.50 in-state and $20,633.50 out-of-state.
Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to education abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for campus and national scholarships. Please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or go to our scholarships pagefor more information.
The program is for juniors and seniors. A minimum over-all grade point average of 3.0 is required.
The application deadline is March 15th for the fall and academic year and August 15th for the spring. Students considering applying must meet with the program advisor before the application deadline. Please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives for information, or to schedule an appointment (Non-Binghamton students will have a phone advising appointment).
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.