University College Utrecht (UCU) is one of two undergraduate international honors colleges of Utrecht University (UU). All courses at UCU are taught in English. The college has its own campus with academic buildings and student housing. Students who are accepted by UCU must live on campus, as it is an integral part of the educational philosophy. They have their own selection procedures, and students wishing to take courses at UCU will be submitted to those criteria. The February application deadline for UCU is earlier than the deadline for Utrecht University.
Please note that UCU has a different academic calendar than Utrecht University. For this reason it is not possible to combine courses at UCU with courses at other faculties of UU.
UCU looks for talented and motivated students with broad interests and good to excellent grades. A careful selection takes place after all applications have been received. Approval from the home university does not guarantee exchange students acceptance at UCU.
The additional application requirements for UCU are:
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Motivation letter in which you explain why you would like to be placed at UCU (both academic and personal reasons).
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.
University College Utrecht (UCU) is a small, highly selective international honors college of roughly 700 students within the larger Utrecht University. A campus culture of academic excellence and intellectual independence prevails. Students are directly enrolled and participate in all campus social and cultural activities. They are encouraged to engage with the local community through social activism and volunteering. 60% of students are Dutch, the remaining student body is truly international. Courses are offered for undergraduates at all levels in the humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences.
One of the defining features of UCU is its small size, with classes of no more than 25 students and a total student body of about 700. This size has a distinctive impact on the educational atmosphere: students and instructors are involved in an open and informal intellectual exchange.
There are two semesters, and each is divided into two periods. In each period students take two courses. Students are required to take a full-time course load of 4 courses per semester. Courses are worth 4 credits each in the U.S. university credit system.
The following are just a small sample of the many kinds of courses available at UCU:
· Introduction to Dutch Studies
· Molecular Cell Biology
· International Relations
Information on the academic program, course offerings and tracks for UCU may be found online at on theUCU Course List site.
To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Utecht College Utrecht and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
Students make their own travel arrangements. At UCU, the International Office greets new students and provides a comprehensive orientation. Students live in a unit with 6 to 12 other Dutch and international students. Every student gets a single room. There are some double rooms available (with a discount in costs). Students share a bathroom with their housemates. There is a shared living room. All units have a kitchenette where students can prepare simple meals (a hotplate, a microwave, coffeemaker and refrigerator). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Dining Hall.
The University College Student Association is very active and strives to enrich the non-academic life of all students with social and cultural activities. All students are invited to join one of the many USCA committees that organize these activities.
The updated cost sheet will be posted here shortly.
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 $12,467 in-state and $18,287 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 Programs or go to our scholarships page for more information.
The costs for this program are the same as the costs for the Utrecht University (main campus) exchange, with the exception of room and board, which will be different. Students placed at UCU live in residence halls on campus and take their meals in the college dining hall. This promotes a sense of shared community.
This program requires a high degree of self-direction and independence, as well as a strong academic background. The program is for juniors and seniors. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 is required.
Students must meet with the advisor for the program before application deadline. Phone appointments can be arranged for non-Binghamton students. Contact the office of International Programs to schedule the appointment.
Students who wish to be considered must have their applications in by February 8 for the fall and academic year and September 1 for the spring semester.
After the application deadline, students will be notified whether they are being nominated for the program and will then receive the link for the general Utrecht University application and the specific UCR online applications. You must complete both applications.