Study abroad

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.

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.

General information

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

Options for going abroad

If you want to spend some time abroad for your studies, you can take subjects abroad via an exchange programme. In that case, you stay enrolled at Utrecht University and pay your tuition fees here. You can choose between 2 types of destinations:

We collaborate with universities around the world. You can also opt to participate in a summer school abroad.


The deadline for your application to study abroad in 2023-2024 is 1 December 2022.

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