Utrecht University ranks first among Dutch universities and is highly competitive among universities in Europe. Many departments across the University offer a certain number of courses in English each semester, particularly, but not only, in the humanities and social sciences. Participation is for the academic year or the fall or spring semester. Academics at Utrecht are rigorous, and students should expect to work hard and quite independently. Students should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students interested in taking economics courses should apply directly through the Utrecht School of Economics. Additionally, students interested in pursuing a program at a smaller campus should consider either of Utrecht's international honors colleges University College Utrecht or University College Roosevelt. See the UCU brochure pageandUCR brochure pagefor more information.
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 and over 30,000 students, including nearly 1,800 international students, Utrecht Univesity prides itself on combining excellent teaching with a multidisciplinary approach with innovative research and international partnerships with other research universities around the world. Recently 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.
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. credit system.
The following are just a sample of the kinds of English-taught courses available at Utrecht University: · Introduction to Conflict Management and Resolution
· Dutch Present Day Society
· Historiography of Feminist Ideas
· Comparing Europe and U.S.
· Political Geography I
· TPP Policy Implementation
Information on the academic program, course offerings and tracks for exchange students at Utrecht may be found online HERE.
Students take 4 courses for a total of 16 credits per semester. 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.
To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Utrecht University and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Education Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
Students make their own travel arrangements to the Netherlands. The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at Utrecht arranges pick-up services at Schiphol Airport or Utrecht Central Station and provides a comprehensive orientation and assists students to get their residence permit.
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, Utrecht University reserves a number of units though 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.There are many student organizations and societies in Utrecht which organize social activities, lectures and excursions.
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 study 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 page for more information.
The program is for juniors and seniors. Exceptionally well-qualified sophomores may also apply. A minimum over-all grade point average of 3.0 is required.
The application deadline is March 15 for the fall and academic year and August 15 for the spring. Students interested in applying must meet with the program advisor before the application deadline. Please contact the staff at the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives with any questions or to schedule an advising 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.