As well as the regular semester courses, students can also participate in our Summer and Winter term offerings. These courses take place in a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere than during the busy semesters, and are generally very popular, providing additional weight to any UCU curriculum.

Interesting guest lecturers visit the college to teach. We have courses taught by, for example, a state attorney from Florida, a sociolinguist and caribbean studies expert from the university of Aruba, a deaf sign language teacher from Dublin, and a lecturer from Leiden University's Centre for Terrorism and Counter-terrorism. Students benefit from the experience and expertise that these teachers bring from outside the Utrecht context.

Summer term courses are condensed in format and allow students to focus fully on a single topic. Course topics are generally interdisciplinary, and admit students on the basis of a broad range of pre-requisites. This makes for interesting groups of students with varied disciplinary backgrounds and interests, and also, therefore, for lively debate and discussion.

All students wishing to supplement the regular UCU curriculum are eligible for a course or module in the Summer session. Students must meet the pre-requisites, as stated in the official course outlines in the OSIRIS course catalog. 

Summer term courses are level 1 or level 2 courses, and contribute to particular tracks, as stated in the course outline. The Caribbean Studies course UCINTCAR21 is open to all junior and senior students, and also serves as the pre-requisite for participating in the Field Research Aruba program (link). The Sign Language and Deaf Perspectives course is open to all junior and senior students, and can be used to fulfil the Language and Culture requirement. The methods and statistics course UCACCMET22 (Brochure) serves to fulfil part of the Social Science major methodology requirements. The Geographical Field Course - Shanghai, UCSSCGEO35, is a great way to experience and examine China's prime metropolis and the Yangtze river delta. It is of interest to all students fascinated in China, and (more specific) to students in Geography and China studies.


Pieter-Bas van Suijlichem: Criminal Justice Systems (2014) and Understanding Conflict (2015):

"The greatest advantage in my opinion of summer courses as compared to normal UCU courses is that they offer the possibility to dive into a subject thoroughly while being constantly interactive with your teacher and classmates who you will get to know quite well since you will spend a lot of time with them. Teachers and students alike acknowledge that the summer format leads to a type of dynamics that is different from the regular semester courses. 'Criminal Justice Systems' was taught by a prosecutor from Florida who was both eloquent and captivating and, not unimportantly, also took us to Frost to get ice cream when it was particularly hot. Alastair Reed's classes, in 'Understanding Conflict', were very relaxed: we began each week with small talk about weekend adventures, and he allowed us time to make good use of the summer sunshine. Both courses offered a balanced way of studying a particular field; they made for a unique bonding and instructive experience."

Niaz Ali Khan: Understanding Conflict (2015):

"I took a summer course called 'Understanding Conflict', which dealt with conflicts in India, Ireland, the Philippines and the Congo. One of my reasons for following a summer course was that a 3 month vacation can become somewhat boring, and a summer course is a great way to get your mind to work and give yourself a regular schedule. Having just one course to focus on also gave me an opportunity to process the material better without feeling distracted, and personally that meant I was more immersed in class discussions as well. There was sufficient spare time during the course to do whatever I wanted after my readings too, so it did indeed feel like summer with the right amount of mental stimulation."

If you're interested in taking an off campus course, you can discuss it with your tutor. You can find courses in the UCU course catalog.