Exchange Program - Utrecht University

Utrecht University logoFounded in 1636, Utrecht University (UU) is one of the top research universities in Europe, with the largest undergraduate population in the Netherlands, including students from over 125 countries. The size, status and international dimensions of the university ensure that courses in a wide variety of academic disciplines are taught in English. UNH undergraduate and graduate students may study abroad at UU.

Located in a beautiful section of the Netherlands, you will fall in love with Utrecht’s classic old-Dutch city center with 17th-century buildings, a medieval bell tower, several high-quality museums and terraced canals that encircle the old city. A university town since the Middle Ages, Utrecht has long enjoyed a vibrant student culture— with live music, theater, dance, films and low-priced restaurants.

Utrecht can be easily navigated by foot, bicycle (most popular) and bus, and -as the center of Dutch rail system- enjoys easy access to the other cities in the Netherlands and Europe (Amsterdam is 35 minutes away, Paris 3 hours, Cologne 2 hours). To acclimate you to Dutch culture, the university offers many programs designed to help you experience Utrecht and the Netherlands off the beaten tourist track.

UNH Exchange programs are suitable for students who are not afraid to take intiative, want to further develop their leadership skills, and who want an immersion experience studying and living with local students.  

"Study abroad is an opportunity to learn in seemingly unconventional ways. Throughout my time in Europe, I engaged with new friends, biked in the rain, and found myself terrifically lost in Poland."  Bridget Peterson (UNH) English/Journalism '19

Emma Brown (l) '13 and friend at Utrecht University orientationAcademics: This is a great exchange for students wanting to combine a study abroad opportunity with work in their majors and take Discovery requirements. Undergraduate courses in the following areas are offered:

  • Faculty of Humanities (mainly in: Conflict Studies, Women’s Studies, Dutch Studies, English, Media and Cultural Studies, History)
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioral Studies (mainly in: Sociology, Psychology, Interdisciplinary Social Science, Social Neuroscience)
  • Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (mainly in: Human Rights, European Law, Transnational Law, Economics, Business and Management)
  • Faculty of Geosciences (Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Planning, Environmental Sciences & Innovation Studies)

Please contact Leonie Meijer (a Dutch citizen herself!) for more information.

Housing and Meals: Room and meals are paid in country.  SSH Short Stay, an independent housing organization, offers furnished, comfortable single and shared rooms that are mostly in international guesthouses. Utilities such as internet, water, gas and heating are included. Cooking utensils and cleaning materials are provided and international students can purchase bed linen from the rental office or bring their own. SSH is located a short distance from the University campus, De Uithof. SSH makes arrangements on a first-come, first-served basis, and because housing is at a premium in the Netherlands, it is strongly recommended that reservations are made early. Information about the housing process will be sent to students after acceptance by UU.

Extra-Curricular Activities: Utrecht has a bustling student community, which offers plenty of opportunity to get involved. There are approximately 150 student organizations and societies at UU. Some focus on socializing, while others center around religion, sports or cultural interests such as singing or photography.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid: UNH students pay their normal tuition and some fees.  UNH currently allow allows federal, state and institutional aid — except work study — to transfer for all UNH Managed, UNH Exchange and UNH Approved programs abroad. You will be able to factor in airfare as an educational cost and consider the cost of living in your host country for your estimated expenses.

In addition, there are study abroad scholarships available! Please visit the Scholarships & Fellowships page for information about UNH and external funding for study abroad.

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Travel and Insurance: Students purchase their flight independently. Visit Int’l Polices and Travel Resources section of the UNH Global website for information about International Insurance.

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, be in junior standing and meet the general UNH study away eligibility requirements. 


Application Deadlines: A semester or academic year exchange.  Submit exchange application in UNH Via by September 1 (for Spring study abroad) or February 5 (for Fall or full academic year).  

What next?  First, attend a general Study Abroad Information Session, held every Tuesday at 12:45PM. Locations vary  After you’ve attended an information session and researched the exchange, you must meet with Leonie Meijer by setting up an appointment in myWildcat Success (or come to our walk-in advising hours and ask for her). 

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