You can use (part of) the Electives to study abroad. Under certain conditions you can take courses abroad instead of a minor.


You must always request approval from the Board of Examiners for the courses you are going to take abroad.


Studying abroad often gives an enormous boost to your academic and personal development. The faculty is therefore keen to support you in completing part of your studies abroad. The length and purpose of your stay may vary. For example:


Utrecht University collaborates with universities worldwide. The faculty has agreements in specific subject areas, while the university-wide agreements are open to students of all faculties (unless otherwise specified). During your exchange period, you stay enrolled at Utrecht University and do not have to pay tuition fees at the partner university.

Studying abroad and the corona virus

Information about the current situation regarding the corona virus and exchange can be found here.

Do you want to study abroad in the academic year 2022/2023? The Study Abroad weeks will take place from 4 to 15 October 2021!

During the Study Abroad weeks, the International Offices will give several (online) information sessions and workshops in order to prepare yuo for an exchange at one of our many partner universities worldwide. In these meetings we discuss, among other things, what an exchange is, how to choose a suitable destination, and we explain the application procedure.

The faculty of Humanities organized several meetings. Only the information session in Dutch was recorded. You can look at the powerpoint presentations of the English-language information sessions below:

From now on we will keep students who have signed up informed via newsletters. Have you not signed up for the information sessions, but do you want to receive the newsletters? Send us an email (

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For all of our exchange destinations, there is a page with more information regarding that university. Go to the list of exchange destinations. You can use the filter to find the destinations you can go to, so tick 'All UU students' as well as 'Humanities', and leave out the rest.

When orienting to a destination, keep the following entry requirements in mind:

  • Did you pay attention to the right level (Bachelor/Master)?
  • Is the destination open to students with your academic background (see 'Areas of study open to exchange students')?
  • Are there enough courses that you can take with your academic background?
  • Do you meet the language requirements?
  • Please check the website of your study programme (Bachelor or Master) to see if there are any specific conditions.
  • A general condition is that you must have completed at least 60 ECTS of your Bachelor programme. Most programmes allow students to study abroad in the third year of their Bachelor.
  • In a one-year Master's programme, it is not possible to study abroad without incurring any delay.


To apply for an exchange, you must draw up a Study Plan and have it approved by your study programme. As soon as you have an indication of which courses you wish to take, you can make an appointment with the Contact Person Study Abroad of your study programme to discuss your plans and have them sign it. Oftentimes it is not possible to know exactly which courses you are able to enroll in (the courses offered at the intended partner university can still change). In that case, you can base your study plan on the information that is available at that moment.


As part of your study abroad application at the Faculty of Humanities you have to complete a motivation form. Follow the instructions in the motivation form and make sure to complete all components before uploading it in your Osiris exchange application.

Keep in mind that this motivation form is an important factor in the selection process in case there are more applicants than available places. You can download the form here.

Would you like to make an appointment with one of the exchange coordinators? This will soon be possible via this website. Appointments are scheduled between the end of October and the end of November.

International Office Humanities
E mail

Please keep in mind that it can take up to 4 working days to receive a reply from us. Make sure you do not wait until the last moment when you want to get a document signed! 

Always mention your student number. 

Mailing address

Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht

  • Pooi Ji Hang - Exchange Coordinator (South and East Europe, Asia, Central and South America);
  • Monique Hanrath - Exchange Coordinator (North and West Europe, Africa, Oceania and North America);
  • Nelline Bogerd - Support Officer;
  • Agaath Sluijters - Support Officer;
  • Sanne Boomsma - Head International Office Humanities;
Walk-in office hours

Our front desk is currently closed for walk-ins, but you can make an appointment by sending us an email.

For questions about universitywide programmes you can get in contact with the University International Office.

+ 31 30 253 7000 (Monday-Friday, 10 – 12 am and 1 – 3 pm)
Fax: + 31 30 253 2627

Visitor's address
UU for U, Student Services
Heidelberglaan 6, 3584 CS Utrecht
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm

Postal address
Universiteit Utrecht
Studentenservice / International Office
Postbus 80125
3508 TC Utrecht

For information about studying abroad and approval of your study plan, please contact dr. Mícheál O Flaithearta.