Practical information

Study load and contact hours

Each course has a study load of 20 hours per week. One or two seminars of two to three hours are held each week. You spend the rest of the time on independent study.

See the Course Catalogue for schedules.

See the 2022 / 2023 academic calendar (pdf) for an overview of teaching free dates.


Choose from the Bachelor’s courses or Master’s courses available for contract students.

To enrol for the course(s) of your choice, you must first have an account. When registering for courses, keep the enrolment periods in mind (see bottom of this page).


Roughly six weeks before the course starts, you will receive an invoice by email. The amount due must be paid in full by the time the course starts.

If payment is not made in a timely manner, your course enrolment will be terminated and access to the electronic learning environment will be blocked.


Cancellation is possible up until the moment the course begins. The cancellation request must be submitted by email in a timely manner. The day the request is received will serve as the date of cancellation. No restitution for previously paid course fees will be made if cancellation is not arranged in a timely manner or if you withdraw from the course prematurely.

You can send your cancellation to

Class schedule

As a contract student, you take your course along with the regular students. The courses are held in the Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof, between 9 am and 7 pm.

The schedules for all courses in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences can be found in MyTimetable, several weeks before the start of the course (depending on the time of enrolment). This schedule also shows your work group. You'll only see the schedule that is relevant to your work group.


Most courses will conclude with an examination. You do not have to register for an examination; this is arranged automatically when you register for the course.

The dates and times of examinations are listed two months before the examination date on OSIRIS Student and in MyTimetable.


If you fail the examination, the faculty may, under certain conditions, offer the opportunity for a resit. The faculty has regulations in place for this purpose.

The dates and times of resits are announced at least two months in advance. If you have been scheduled for a resit, you will be notified to your student email address about two weeks before the resit. Resits are generally scheduled in the evenings.

Bring Your Own Device

We expect you to bring a laptop to the university if you are doing a computer course. As a UU student, you will be able to access practically all study software everywhere free of charge via your laptop.

Check the frequently asked questions about using your own laptop.