Admission criteria

The Descartes College is meant for first year Bachelor students at Utrecht University with a GPA of 7.5 for the first two semesters and/or finished extracurricular courses. In exceptional cases, the selection committee can decide to deviate from this rule.


You can apply via the form for the selection procedure of the Descartes College. Via this form you can submit the required documents (motivation letter, CV and study programme overview OSIRIS) as well. Application is possible until Friday June 3, 2016.

Selection procedure

The selection procedure takes place in two rounds:

During the first round the selection committee will assess your motivation letter, CV and study programme overview OSIRIS. Based on this assessment, a selection of the candidates will be invited for an interview. You will receive the results of the first round via e-mail.
During the second round a final selection will be made based on the interviews. It is expected that the results of round two will become available in week 28 (beginning of July).

Registration honours student

If you are already enrolled as a Utrecht honours student you do not have to apply for the selection, you can directly sign in for one or more of the courses of the Descartes College. You can use these courses as a broadening aspect of your own honours programme. Registration for the courses in semester 1 and 2 (course 1 and 3) can be done from May 30 until June 26, 2016. From October 30 until November 27, 2016 you can register for the courses in semester 3 and 4 (course 2 and 4). Registration is possible via OSIRIS. In case of an overload of students that register for a certain course, students that signed in earliest will be granted priority. Be sure to register in time!


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