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International Office – Faculty of Humanities

How to apply

In order to be able to study at the Faculty of Humanities as an exchange student, there must be a bilateral agreement between your home university and Utrecht University – Faculty of Humanities. Your home university will have its own selection procedure; after you have been selected, your home university will inform us of your nomination. You will then be informed about our online application procedure. In order to be fully prepared, please read the following information carefully:

You are required to have a good command of the English language in order to be enrolled in courses. If you are not a native speaker, you must be able to prove that you have B2 level (for Bachelor courses) or C1 level (for Master courses) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You will be asked to submit a Language Proficiency Form as part of your application. If you wish to follow courses in another language than English (i.e. Dutch, German, French et cetera) then you must also prove your language proficiency in that language.

Please note that some courses may have additional or higher language requirements.

We can only accept exchange students who submit their application before the deadlines:

  • Exchange in semester I (Sep-Jan): 1 May
  • Exchange in semester II (Feb-June): 1 October
After you have been nominated by your home university, you will receive an email from us in which we send you the link to an online application form. We will request several documents, such as a copy of your passport, proof of language proficiency (if not native) and a grade list/transcript of grades.

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. Students are recommended to come for one or two semesters and not for a single period.