Study abroad

We think it is important for our students to experience an academic environment different from that of our own department, which is why we encourage you to spend a semester at a research university abroad. We expect our students to take the initiative, both in finding the right place to go to and in the practical organization of their stay abroad. Students have to enroll in courses at the MA level on themes that are directly related to the historical specialization chosen in their first year in the programme We also encourage students to take regular classes rather than individual tutorials. To ensure a study programme that is sufficiently focused and intellectually challenging, the stay abroad is subject to approval of the RMA coordinator.


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 time-consuming process and that you should start the process on time. For a step-by-step guide, please see the University’s study abroad guide.

The Department of History and Art History has a number of preferred partners which we recommend for our students. These are universities that we know to be of good quality, that the department has contacts with, or that offer interesting programmes in the field of History. The preferred partners are listed at bottom of this webpage


A number of grants are available at both Faculty and University level, and Utrecht University has a number of working agreements with universities and institutions abroad in and outside of Europe. For destinations in Europe, you can apply for the Erasmus+ grant which covers tuition fees and a contribution for living expenses. For more information, see here.

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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