It is important to note that most UU courses, including language courses, are in Dutch. Only the Utrecht School of Economics, located on our campus, offers an English equivalent of all of their courses; at other faculties, only few are in English.
While UCU’s academic year is divided into two semesters, the UU year is divided into four quarters (‘blokken’). The UU’s academic calendar can be found on the UU website. Note that the second and fourth quarter end a few weeks later than the UCU semesters, which allows for a bigger spread of the workload, but might on the other hand conflict with plans in the winter and summer breaks (you might even have to arrange alternative housing because the 4th quarter sometimes runs beyond the deadline for leaving campus!). Furthermore, you might not be sure about placements in off-campus courses in quarter 2 or 4 before the start of the UCU semester. Counting on that course as part of the 30EC semester requirement is thus risky.
The UU timeslots are more extensive than the UCU time-slots, e.g. timeslot A (=A1+A2). Some faculties even use two double time-slots, e.g. A+D. In addition, afternoon classes usually start at 13:15 instead of 13:45.
The UU uses the Dutch grading scale (1.0 - 10.0) instead of the UCU grading scale. The final grades of a course are rounded off to half scores (e.g. a 7.7 will become a 7.5). The UCU grade that will appear on your final transcript is based on this final grade and conversed according to a conversion table that can be found on this page. Please note that because of the rounding-off policies of the UU, getting an A-, B- of C- for a course is not possible. Additionally, the final grade of a UU course can be based on one exam that counts for 100%, which means that there is no other test to compensate for one insufficient grade; on the other hand, the retake policies for the UU faculties apply to your off-campus courses as well. Information about that can be found on the website of the respective faculty (note that retake periods are often scheduled in the first week of January or the third week of August!).
At the UU, classes usually meet in two different formats: lectures (‘hoorcolleges’) and tutorials (‘werkgroepen’). During lectures, big groups of students usually listen to the lecturer without interaction. During tutorials, students usually make assignments in small groups and can interact with the teacher.
In the past, students have had different experiences with the level of regular UU courses as compared to our own UCU courses. Some indicated that they found it much easier, whereas others mentioned that they had difficulties with the high level, because of the difference in prerequisite knowledge between them and their fellow students.
Due to shorter duration of most 7.5 EC UU off-campus courses (10 week blocks), weekly workload may be higher than that of a UCU course.
The UU courses take place at a variety of locations, distributed throughout the city. You can find the location of your lectures and tutorials on the ‘Schedule’ page of OSIRIS. To know where to go to, see UU buildings.