University College Utrecht is an honours college. We provide a highly selective programme, where students are stimulated to deepen and broaden their curriculum. The options to enrich your programme are plenty.

In a technical sense, University College Utrecht is not an Utrecht University Honours Programme and not every University College Student is an honours student. University rules allow only a section of students as honours students. However, University College Utrecht graduates may apply for an Utrecht University honours certificate, as an addition to their University College diploma, and the fact that we are an honours college stands printed on each University College Utrecht transcript. Moreover, all University College Utrecht students can apply for courses offered by any Bachelors Honours Programme at Utrecht University (whereas students of other Bachelors programmes need to be selected as Honours students first).

Curriculum Enrichment options  

Honours activities typically add breadth and depth to the curriculum; they contribute to the student’s personal growth and may have an international character. The honours offer at University College Utrecht is not fixed. Instead, the opportunity to explore different honours activities and further curriculum enrichment options are built in the setup of our educational model. We offer our own enrichment options, but our students can also apply for courses offered by any Bachelors Honours Programme at Utrecht University. Likewise, our students may apply for the Honours Certificate of Utrecht University.

The curriculum enrichment options are a mixed bag of possibilities for expanding one’s own curriculum beyond graduation requirements. Some of these options are courses at University College Utrecht, some at Utrecht University, and some have another form.

The special honours courses at University College Utrecht change regularly, except for the Student-led Honours seminar, which is always on offer. The criteria for enrolment are slightly different for each course; a GPA requirement is possible. The specific requirements can be found in the course planner.

Some of the courses which have taken place in the past are:

Sustainability Game

The aim of this course is the development of a number of sustainability games that allow first year students of Utrecht University to engage with the topic of sustainability. Honours students from Utrecht University’s BSc Honours programmes collaborate with Games and Interaction BSc students from the HKU Academy of the Arts.

Sister Republics

A cooperation between honours students from University College Utrecht together with the wider Utrecht University Honours community, and Rutgers University, New Jersey. Together, via a series of parallel lectures, as well as transatlantic student visits, students explore common themes in history, heritage, governance and societal issues related to the United States and the Netherlands.

Global Governance

A course that runs simultaneously between honours students from University College Utrecht, together with the wider Utrecht University Honours community and Yale NUS (Singapore), addressing global governance systems, and making use of modern distance-learning facilities and international student cooperation

Data Computation

A collaboration between University College Utrecht, CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and the Utrecht University Department of Linguistics (UilOTS), to provide a multilevel module on understanding how to manage big data, with participants at undergraduate level, graduate level and from the research community itself.

Cultural Encounters - The big climate movement

The Virtual Exchange course ‘Cultural Encounters - The big climate movement’ focused on key debates around climate change. Students of universities of the Mediterranean area discussed in small groups topics related to questions such as: what is the impact of climate change on the planet, political action and the movement of people? The focus was on climate-driven migration. Participants were provided with a lecture series with audiovisual materials from expert academics and practitioners. In addition, nine weeks long participants met online in their intercultural dialogue groups to discuss the themes and engage in interactive skill-building activities.

“During the Dean’s Honours Course (2014) one is expected to articulate with a group of fellow students a research question, which is both intriguing and novel to one's own academic background.

This course encourages one to engage in scientific inquiries, ranging from a multitude of different academic fields. I was able to combine my research on policy-making practices in the Netherlands with a lobbying internship in the Dutch parliament. Therefore, has this Honours course prepared me for conducting collaborative research, combining theory and practice, and aided in approaching unexplored fields of science.” 

Benjamin Asante, Class of 2016

Honours courses at Utrecht University

All Utrecht University Bachelor’s studies offer Honours Programmes to 10 per cent of their students upon selection. Some programmes also offer interdisciplinary courses, to which honours students of all faculties can apply. 

More information

For any questions, contact the Honours Director: