Welcome to your Master’s programme!

During the orientation you will meet your fellow students and future lecturers, and get acquainted with the study programme itself. You will also receive information on practical matters needed during your studies.

See you during the Orientation Week!

The introduction on campus of the research master programme Urban and Economic Geography will take place on

Monday August 31 2020 from 11:00 – 13:00 pm.
Bolognalaan – room BOL - 1.065

The coordinator dr. Ilse van Liempt will tell you more about the programme and you will meet your fellow students.

More information:
In the second part of August you will received an email with more information about the introduction and the master programme.

You will find information about your programme, studying at Utrecht University and so forth on this Urban and Economic Geography students website. TIP: bookmark this page!

  • Read more about the content of your study programme, such as compulsory and elective courses.
  • You will be automatically registered for your courses for the first period only. After this you have to arrange the course registration yourself.
  • Your course schedules will be available two weeks before your courses begin. Also see the academic year calendar.
  • Study materials -such as books and readers- can be ordered online.
  • You will need to use your own laptop for computer practicals during your studies. You can also use it for other classes. There are specifications that your laptop needs to meet. 
  • Your Solis-id is your username for most university IT facilities (Blackboard, OSIRIS, WiFi, printing). You will receive your login details shortly before the beginning of your programme by email.

All practical matters will be addressed during the first week of your programme.

For master theses written in 2019 at the Faculty of Geosciences (UU)

Every year during the introduction there will be a ceremony of the Marc de Smidt Thesis Prize. This year it will be different because of the COVID-19.

The ceremony will be live, but the current master students can follow the ceremony through a live stream. This will take place on: Tuesday September 29 2002 from 16:00 – 17.:30 pm.

The Stogo Foundation was founded in May 1984 as an initiative of the staff of the Faculty Geosciences of the Utrecht University, and geographers active in policy making.

The Stogo foundation has always remained autonomous and independent, although the foundation has regularly worked together with the faculty Geosciences. One of its purposes is to help geographers and planners with their first steps on the labor market.

Professor Marc de Smidt
The Stogo foundation offers students in Human Geography & Planning a prize for the best master thesis every year, to stimulate students to publish their master thesis.

The prize is named after Professor Marc de Smidt (1941-1992), one of the founders of the Stogo foundation. Marc de Smidt was linked to the faculty Geosciences at Utrecht University as a professor in economic geography, but his interest and involvement has extended out to many other fields of research. Marc de Smidt was involved in the foundation and the growth of the Stogo Foundation as the president of the foundation.

The Marc de Smidt Thesis Prize is awarded annually to the author of the Utrecht Master's thesis that, "in the opinion of the judges', meets best the criteria decided by the Stogo foundation.

The prize consists of the jury report and an amount of money of € 800,-. The nominees who come in second and third place, will receive a jury report and a money prize as well. The ceremony takes place on the first Monday in September, during the opening of the new academic year.

Next to the jury award, there is also an audience award. Nominees are asked to prepare a pitch which is at most 5 minutes to convince the audience that their thesis is the best one. The nominees are invited to make this pitch as creative as possible!

The master theses are assessed by a jury of Utrecht geographers working in education, business and public authorities. At least one board member of the Stogo foundation and one employee of the faculty Geosciences of Utrecht University will have a seat in the jury.

As an international student there are certain things you have to arrange when coming to Utrecht University, such as finding accommodation, paying your fee(s) and other practical matters. To help you on your way we have a special ‘Welcome to Utrecht’- webpage with:

Make sure to come to the general Orientation for international students of Utrecht University on Thursday 29 August and Friday 30 August. Don’t forget to sign up on our special ‘Welcome to Utrecht’-webpage.

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It is also possible to participate in the Utrecht Introduction Time (UIT) week. This will take place from 10 - 12 August 2020. It is a general city introduction open to anyone who is going to study in Utrecht. Here you can meet students of Utrecht University (UU), University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU), University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU) and University of Humanistic Studies (UvH) among others. But also get to know all the student organisations that Utrecht has and of course the city itself. Do you wish to join? Then register on time!