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International Office – Faculty of Humanities

Course information for exchange students

On this page, you will find important information that you should read attentively, before searching through the course offer.

At Utrecht University the academic year is divided in two semesters:

Semester 1 (Fall): September until January
Semester 2 (Spring): February until June

The Faculty of Humanities has its own academic calendar, which may not be exactly the same as that of other faculties. More information on the academic calendar.

The level of each course is indicated in the course description.

  • Level 1: Bachelor Introductory – broad introduction to the subject.
  • Level 2: Bachelor Elaborating – exploring aspects of the subject, current debates, specific methods and techniques.
  • Level 3: Bachelor Advanced – integration/synthesis, formation of theories based on research results –  you must have sufficient background in the subject area (either be a major or have completed (an equivalent of) at least 30 EC in the same subject area).
  • Level M: Master level – only available if you have finished a Bachelor degree (in same or similar field of study).
Utrecht University works with timeslots. Timeslots divide the week in different parts to prevent a clash in course times. Per block you should select courses in different timeslots. It is NOT possible to choose courses that are scheduled in the same timeslot. If two timeslots are indicated for one course, that means that the course is scheduled in both timeslots. Read more information on timeslots.
Utrecht University uses ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System. 1 EC equals 28 hours of study. Most courses at the Faculty of Humanities are worth 7,5 EC, which is 210 hours of study. Master courses can also be worth 5 EC.  A normal study load is 30 EC per semester.

You will receive the course enrolment instructions in a separate email from the Student Desk (studentdesk.hum@uu.nl). Note that your course enrolment cannot be processed if we receive it after the deadline or if it has not been filled out completely. The course enrolment procedure for exchange students is not the same as for our regular students, so please follow the instructions carefully.

Final grades for courses are indicated on a scale from number 1 till 10. Grades below 5 are not rounded off, grades below 6 are rounded off to whole grades, grades above 6 are rounded off to half grades. A 5 (or lower) is a failing grade, a 6 (or higher) is a passing grade.

One of the most important things to realise is that in The Netherlands, a 9 is seldom given and a 10 is extremely rare. Grades 1-3 are also hardly ever used.

In the course descriptions in the Course Catalogue you will find an explanation on the basis of what tests the lecturer determines the final grades of a course and how the result of each test factures in (weighing). It also states if you have to pass a minimum grade for a test. In the case of test results and final results it is possible to enter grades with decimals.

The final result is determined on the basis of the given weighing and the minimum marks of the tests. If tests are taken several times, the most recent grade counts. If there is more than one final result, the most recent grade counts. After the appropriate results are determined, they are rounded off.

Alphanumeric grades are given in the following cases:

  • If you are registered for a course, but have not participated in any exam segments, you will receive a NP (Not Participated).
  • If you are registered for a course, but have not completed one or more of the exam segments, you will receive a NC (Not Completed).

Choosing your courses

The Faculty of Humanities  offers a large selection of courses that are open to international exchange students. Many of these courses are taught in English, but we also offer courses taught in Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

Exchange students are required to choose at least 50% of their courses at the faculty to which they have been nominated (in this case: Faculty of Humanities). Students should always carefully consult the entry requirements of the courses, and must meet the language proficiency requirements.Unfortunately, it is not possible to choose courses from University College Utrecht or University College Roosevelt. Before you start searching the course offer:

  1. Please make sure that you read the general course information carefully!
  2. Read the instructions on how to use the course catalogue.

Course offer Exchange 2016-2017

Bachelor courses
Master courses

In the academic year 2016-2017, receptive language skills or Lingua Receptiva (LaRa) will be used to increase the accessibility of courses that are part of the German, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish language programs. Lingua Receptiva is a form of multilingual communication in which each speaker uses a different language, but each speaker has sufficient listening skills in the other speaker’s language for them to be able to understand each other. There are several exchange courses which have the LaRa option; if this is the case, it is mentioned explicitly in the course description. For more information on LaRa, please go to http://students.uu.nl/en/hum/lingua-receptiva.