Students of Comparative Literary Studies are actively encouraged to spend a semester abroad in their second year of study.

In semester 1 of year 2 you take research seminars and/or tutorials at advanced level. You are strongly advised to complete a substantial part of your coursework in your second year outside the Faculty of Humanities, for instance abroad at other universities in Europe or the US, at other Dutch Universities that offer specialised research seminars in their field, or where relevant, by taking part in programmes offered by the Dutch national research schools.

Depending on the degree programme, you may take courses, undertake a research project or go on an internship abroad, resulting in a total of 30 EC to take back to Utrecht.

Exchange Partners

In addition to the various opportunities offered by the Faculty (including the Universities of California; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and the State University of New York at Binghamtom), the Research Master's programme in Comparative Literary Studies also has close contacts with a number of Universities abroad where students may follow modules. These include the universities of Leeds, Canterbury, Lisbon, Bologna, Mannheim, Berlin, and University College Dublin. They may also avail of a number of university exchange schemes including ones with the University of California, the University of Toronto, and Macquarie University, Sydney.


In any exchange agreement only a limited number of student places are available. Admission will occur on a competitive basis and the host university will take the final decision on admission. You should be aware that application for studying abroad is a complicated and time-consuming process and that you should start the process on time.


Below you will find general information about the possibilities to study abroad during your programme at Utrecht University.


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? 

During the Study Abroad weeks between 4-16 October 2021, the International Offices will held several (online) information sessions and workshops in order to prepare you for an exchange at one of our many partner universities worldwide. In these meetings we discussed, among other things, what an exchange is, how to choose a suitable destination, and we explained 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 ( We will also post them on this webpage:

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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. 

  • Bachelor students: 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. Make sure you check the website of your study programme to see how to make an appointment (via email, walk-in hours or a Teams-meeting for instance).
  • Master students: You need to have your Study Plan signed by your Master programme coordinator. You can find this person on your programme's website under the heading 'Contact'.

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.

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.

Appointment with an Exchange Coordinator

Do you have specific questions about your exchange plans? You can make an appointment with one of our Exchange Coordinators!

  • Please make sure you have read all the information about studying abroad on our website.
  • Have a look at this overview to see who is the region coordinator of the destination that you want to talk about.
  • Before your appointment, make a list of the questions you want to discuss with the Exchange Coordinator.

Make an appointment here. The appointments take place via Microsoft Teams.