As electives (your optional course profile), you choose components with a total study load of 60 EC, of which at least 15 EC at level 2 or 3.

Your electives consists of:

  • An optional course package of 30 EC in which you can choose the following:
    • a minor at Utrecht University.
    • a second specialisation within Media and Culture (only availabe in Dutch). You don't need approval from the Board of Examines for this option, but please do inform them of your choice by putting in a 'pro forma' request for approval through Osiris student.
    • a foreign exchange programme. This requires the approval of the Board of Examiners.
  • Free choice of 30 EC, for example:

Make sure you choose courses of the appropriate level; you need to take at least 15 EC at level 2 or 3. And do not forget to check the entrance requirements for these courses. 

Studying abroad

If you choose to study abroad, you need approval of the Board of Examiners for the courses you wish to take. If approved, the credits can count either as optional course package or as free choice.

Free courses

You can choose:

  • courses within your major (e.g. from another in-depth package)
  • courses outside your major:
  • courses provided by another educational institution:
    Note that other institutions sometimes have different enrolment and teaching periods. For courses (or a minor) outside the UU, you always have to ask for approval from the Board of Examiners in advance.
  • courses that you may need to be admitted to a master's programme
    Be sure to enquire early on about the entrance requirements for the Master’s programme you wish to enter, so that you can fulfil the admission requirements (for example, a certain Minor or individual subjects).

You also might want to consider learning a new language. It gives you access to primary and secondary sources that you did not have access to before. For example, in addition to the common (school) languages: Italian, Spanish, Celtic Languages, Modern or Ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic or Turkish.