Free-electives / minors

As is the case for all Bachelor’s programmes at Utrecht University within MBLS you can chose free-elective courses (in the EER  referred to as ‘optional extension courses’) to a maximum of 45 ECs. You are free to select courses from the entire UU course catalogue* or even courses offered at other Dutch* or international universities. However, you can also decide to use part or even all of your free-elective space to take additional major-bound elective courses.  

*Dutch-speaking students are allowed to choose optional extension course that have Dutch as the language of instruction. 

Important aspects to check in the course planner beforehand:

  • Always check the entry requirements, and if you are not sure you meet those, contact the course coordinator.
  • Always check if English is the language of instruction, and if you are not sure, contact the course coordinator. Even if Dutch is the language of instruction, sometimes all course materials are in English, and teachers of especially level 3 courses are fine to switch to English. 
  • Always check if the course content does not overlap with courses you already took. If you suspect overlap contact the Board of Examiners to get permission to include the course in your Bachelor’s programme. Otherwise, you may run the risk that a free-elective course will not be added to your transcript to complete your programme (180 ECs).