Study abroad

Want to expand your horizons and add extra challenge to your studies? Then follow part of your study programme abroad! On this page you will find information on studying abroad that applies to your study programme. Via the button below you can read all important general information, such as various options, destinations and the application deadline.

General information about Studying Abroad

In semester 1 of your second year you take research seminars and/or tutorials at an advanced level. You are strongly encouraged to complete a substantial part of your coursework in your second year outside the Faculty of Humanities, and a semester abroad is an excellent way to do so. We have established partnerships with a number of universities in Europe and North America, where you can expand your horizons and immerse yourself in a different academic culture.

During your semester abroad, you must earn a total of 30 EC, which you can do by taking courses at the host institution, or you may also be able to do an internship abroad.

Exchange Partners

For study abroad, there are University-wide agreements, Faculty-wide agreements, and CLS-specific partnerships available. There are over 100 universities worldwide that have exchange arrangements with Utrecht University. In addition, the Faculty of Humanities has agreements specifically for humanities students, e.g. in Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Spain, Sweden, the UK, the USA, and Canada. Finally, the RMA in Comparative Literary Studies also has close contacts with a number of universities abroad, including the FU Berlin, Goethe University Frankfurt, Münster University, Trinity College Dublin, Lisbon, Bologna, Stockholm, Toronto, and UCLA.


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 applying for studying abroad is a complicated and time-consuming process and that you should start the process on time.

General information

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

Exchange information for Humanities