Your programme in sum

  • each academic year has four 10-week periods
  • you take 3 courses each period (of 5 EC each)
  • all periods conclude with a week of examinations
  • your programme concludes with a Research Master's thesis (of 30 EC)
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Online education

Because of the coronavirus, a major part of our education will be online. The CoursePlanner shows which lectures are fully online and which are partly at the University. There is also always the possibility to follow a course entirely online. You can find your schedule in MyTimetable and the MyUU app. In Blackboard you can find more information about your course, including where and how your lecture takes place (online or on campus).

Attending courses online

Our online lectures always take place in Microsoft Teams.

In order to attend lectures in Teams, you will need your UU email address (and not your personal email address).

Make MS Teams work well for you

To test if Microsoft Teams works for you, click on your photo (or initials) at the top right of the Teams window. Go to Settings > Devices > Make a test call. After the test call, you'll see a screen that tells you whether your system is set up properly or what else you need to do. For Teams to work optimally, it is often enough to connect your device directly to the Internet via cable instead of wifi. See the fold-out below for more tips.

Testing MS Teams: Click on your picture (or initials) > Settings > Devices > Make a test call. After the test call you will see if everything is ok or not.
Testing MS Teams: Click on your picture (or initials) > Settings > Devices > Make a test call. After the test call you will see if everything is ok or not.
  1. Check your speed: go to and type in "speedtest". Then click on Run speed test.
  2. Connect your computer to your modem, wireless internet (WiFi) is often slower than if your computer is directly connected to an internet cable.
  3. Make sure that not too many devices use the Internet intensively at the same time (e.g. for gaming or video calling).
  4. If you use WiFi, sit as close as possible to your modem or use WiFi amplifiers. The closer you are, the stronger the signal.
  5. Use as modern equipment as possible: the older, the slower.
  6. Restart your computer regularly.
  7. Make sure you don't have too many apps open at the same time. 
  8. Only turn on your video when specifically requested or necessary. Using video costs bandwidth.

To be able to use all the functionalities of MSTeams, it is useful to download the app and check if you have the right system requirements.

Lectures at UU

When attending lectures in one of our university buildings, please keep in mind that you must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from each other and stick to the house rules. We try to plan our lectures in such a way that you will be able to avoid rush hour as much as possible. 

If a course takes place partly at Utrecht University, you will need to attend the meetings at the university if the lecturer invites you to do so. Throughout the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year, however, you have the right to attend lectures from home, for example because you or a close relative is part of a vulnerable group.


Course registration

In order to participate in education at Utrecht University, you must register for courses. Before you register for a course, check whether you meet the entry requirements. Also be aware of other faculties' registration deadlines.

UU Education system

The teaching style at Utrecht University is activating. In our lectures, we expect students to show a pro-active attitude, engagement and commitment. As all our lecturers are close to you as a student, you do not have to hesitate to ask questions during a lecture.

Teaching method

You attend lectures and follow tutorials

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Grading at Utrecht University

Grading at Utrecht University is different from grading in other countries, in the sense that we grade on an absolute basis and on a 10 point grading scale. The grade you receive, shows to which extent you have attained a course’s learning objectives. If you receive a passing grade, you will receive the credits (EC) assigned to a particular course, usually 7.5 EC.

Ten point grading scale

In the 10 point grading scale, 1 is the lowest grade and 10 the highest. A 7, for example, means you scored above average on your exam and an 8 corresponds to an A. Only very rarely, students will score a 9 or 10.

You will need a passing grade (a 5.5) for all courses that are part of your programme in order to graduate. If you failed an exam with a 4 or higher, you are allowed a resit. If you fail this as well, you must retake the course. You cannot take an additional or substitute test if you have been awarded a pass.

Weighted average grade

The International Diploma Supplement (an addendum to your diploma) shows a weighted average grade the ten point scale. We calculate this by multiplying all numerical grades on the International Diploma Supplement with the credits obtained for that course, and by dividing this sum by the sum of credits.