Have you always had an interest in a language, in literature, philosophy, art history or music, but were you never able to do a University programme? Or do you want to gain knowledge on one of these subjects in a short period of time? The Humanities Faculty offers you a chance to enrol for courses at University level. You can register as a so-called contract student for one or more courses or for a series of courses.

For whom?

Contract teaching is for everyone who wants to educate themselves at the University level. There is no required entry level. As a contract student, you will not gain an academic title. You will however take tests, for which you will receive certificates.

Available course


See our academic year calendar , which shows the different study periods, semesters and holidays. Read more about the scheduling of courses and exams, using the timeslot model.


Every study period, there is an enrolment period in which you will have to register. To enrol, get the contract teaching enrolment form at the Humanities Student Desk or write them an e-mail. Please note that contract students can only enter a course when there are empty spots remaining. It is therefore possible that the course you wanted to take is already full.

In 2019-2020, the enrolment periods are as follows:

Study period 1 (semester 1)

August 21-23, 2019

Study period 2 (semester 1)

October 23-25, 2019

Study period 3 (semester 2)

January 22-24, 2020

Study period 4 (semester 2)

April 1-3, 2019


The fee you will pay depend on the level of the course in question (Bachelor's or Master's) and the amount of credits (EC) earned. Utrecht University uses the International ECTS: European Credit Transfer System. One EC will mean 28 hours of study. The costs for Humanities Faculty contractor courses for 2018-2019, not including study material, are as follows:

BA course (7,5 EC)


MA course (5 EC)


MA course (7,5 EC)


Refund of course fees

A refund of already paid course fees is, in principle,  no longer possible after registration. If there are circumstances beyond one's control (for instance having to break off the study programme due to illness or family circumstances), please report this as soon as possible to the head of Educational and Student Affairs (Drift 10). You can submit a request for a refund of the course fees after which the faculty will judge if a refund is possible in your case.

More information

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact the Student Information Desk Humanities.