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.

Application

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.

 

STUDY ABROAD

Utrecht University has exchange agreements with universities throughout the world. The Faculty of Humanities has agreements on specific subject areas, while university-wide agreements are open to students of all faculties (in general). During an exchange programme, you remain enrolled at Utrecht University and pay tuition fees only to UU. 

Want to read more and get started?

Make sure that you first read the information under Study Abroad in the left-hand navigation of this page. Then continue to the university-wide pages on Study Abroad. Under step 2 you will find a list of all partner universities. Depending on which university you choose, you will be supported by the faculty of the university-wide International Office. 

Conditions

If you wish to go abroad as an exchange student, then the following conditions apply:

  • You are enrolled as a fulltime student at Utrecht University, during your exchange period;
  • You must officially introduce the courses you take abroad into your study programme at Utrecht University.

Making a study plan

In order to sign up for an exchange, you must draw up a 'study plan' and have it approved by the programme coordinator of your Master's programme. As soon as you have an indication of which courses you wish to take, you can make an appointment with the programme coordinator and discuss your plans. 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 partner's information that is available at that moment.

Are you interested in studying abroad? In the autumn you can apply for an exchange in 2022-2023. The deadline is December 1.

Below you can read more about the application procedure and other important information for students of the Faculty of Humanities.

Introduction video

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 meetings for Humanities students are scheduled as follows:

  • Maandag 4 oktober, 14.30-15.30: Bachelor, in Dutch!
  • Wednesday 6 October, 10.00-11.00: Bachelor, in English!
  • Friday 8 October, 10.00-11.00: in English, Master students only!

You can register for the Faculty meetings through this link.

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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.

STUDY PLAN

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 to discuss your plans. 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.

MOTIVATION

As part of your application, you must provide a written motivation.

Do you want to make an appointment with one of the exchange coordinators to discuss your plans? Please send us an email at internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.

International Office Humanities
E mail

internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.

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

Staff
  • 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.

Some degree programmes have special arrangements or specific programmes. Therefore, always read the information provided by your own study programme under the heading Study Abroad.

International Office Humanities
E mail

internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.

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

Staff
  • 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.

Telephone
+ 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