Utrecht University

Utrecht - The Netherlands

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  1. Internationally renowned university located in a beautiful, cozy city

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    The Utrecht University provides students with an stimulting, international environment, with hundreds of exchange programmes and Europe’s largest Summer School. For degree-seekers, it offers a wide-variety of interesting programmes, most of which have some multidisplinairy aspect. Consequently, these programmes are often unique and challenging. In my case, if opted to pursue a M.Sc. degree in Law & Economics after succesfully finishing the bachelor economics programme at the UU.

    The UU is no conservative institute, and really aims to stimulate all its students to invest in themselves and have a good time. This is manifested in the wide range of extra-curricular activities and possibilites as well as the challenging nature of the programmes.

    Located in “Randstad” area, Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. As this country is tiny, all other large cities are in reach through the well-organized public transport system. It is a truly vibrant city, by some described as Amsterdam’s prettier and less discovered counterpart. The Campus buildings are scattered throughout Utrecht. Whereas humanitarian sciences are mostly located within the city centrum, the beta oriented studies are to be found at a campus just outside Utrecht, the Uithof. However, as a freshman, you are likely to end up at the campus as there are they simply offer the largest lecturerooms for the populated bachelorprogrames.

    All in all, I highly recommened studying at the UU — You won’t regret it!

  2. Just do it.

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    As I am a native Dutchman, it’s impossible to write about my experience as an international student in Utrecht. However, I have done a Master’s Programme Law & Economics at the University of Utrecht last year and enjoyed it immensely. About 70 students enrolled in this programme last year, of which about half were international students. In a year you get to know each other quite well and I’ve had extensive contact with the international students of the programme. They were all from all corners of the globe, including (but not limited to) three Australians, four Greeks, two Romanians, one Canadian, two Brazilians, two Scots and an Irishman. Every one of them was pleasantly surprised by both the city and the programme.

    Utrecht University consistently scores the highest rating of all universities in the Netherlands on both the Shanghai Ranking (56th) and the Center for World University Rankings (83d). However, the experience can vary greatly between different programmes and the field of studies. Many courses take place on the Uithof, a huge campus 15 minutes out of the center, while the legal courses that I have followed are mostly held right in the city center. The university libraries are large and quite modern, but also very popular. During exam weeks you might want to arrive 5 minutes prior to the opening time or you may find yourself without a spot.

    Utrecht University is working very hard to draw international students, with some courses having been changed from Dutch to English over the summer. I have heard that this transition was too rushed for some of the professors, who have had problems adjusting the material to English. In the worst cases the problem is still limited to a hard Dutch accent as Dutch people are all quite fluent in English. For most of the courses this is not a problem, as with my master Law & Economics, of which every teacher maintained an extremely high standard of English ánd understood the intricate workings both inside and outside the academic world of their respective subjects.

    Finally, the city itself is beautiful, gezellig and very student-friendly, with all student bars situated in the city center. There are plenty of activities and organisations for international students, which will help you to have a great time in Utrecht.

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