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International Office – Faculty of Humanities

Course information for exchange students

General information

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.

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.

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).

The Faculty of Humanities offers an Early Exit option for exchange students whose home university requires them to return home before January (due to conflicting academic calendars). The Early Exit option means that you can finish the course before Christmas break (i.e. last date of class/exam can be December 22nd, 2017), for a course load of 5 ECTS instead of the normal 7,5 ECTS. Students must make arrangements with the course coordinator at the start of the course in period 2. Please note that by choosing this option, you cannot receive a full course load. The Early Exit option is mention in the course description, but a preliminary list of Early Exit courses can also be found here.

Courses for Exchange Students

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.

Bachelor/undergraduate courses 2017-2018

Master/graduate courses 2017-2018