We are each individually responsible for our own personal wellbeing, whether we study, live or work here.

This can be challenging at first for those who arrive at university, and the transition to independence might take some time. However, it is an important and inevitable part of emerging adulthood that you accept this responsibility and make it part of your life.

Amongst other things, this means striving for a balanced, healthy lifestyle in which studies, extra-curricular activities, exercise, resting, eating, socializing and helping others all find their place. This also means registering with a doctor’s practice, and making sure you have the right kind of health insurance policy in place. 

Of course, while your own health is your personal responsibility, University College Utrecht is your willing and active partner in helping you take that responsibility. Facing up to the daily challenges of life, integrating with the world beyond oneself, and keeping things in proportion are indeed tricky, and for some it’s even harder than for others. So you can depend on the institution to guide you in this, to make clear its infrastructure of care, and to direct you to the best sources of support when needed – within the college and also beyond.

For this to be truly effective, students must demonstrate the kind of personal responsibility which allows them to take up the support on offer, or call for extra support when it’s not there.

Before calling for support, you are encouraged to adopt the IPP principle…: please already be Informed, Prepared and Proactive.