Universität Köln is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Cologne, Germany.

" I would definitely recommend Universität Köln because of the people there. They are so welcoming and open and you can ask them anything. They will always help you. The atmosphere is very very nice!" - experience from a former exchange student

Student experiences

Read about student experiences.

Academic calendar

Semester I (Winter Semester): approximately October – February
Semester II (Summer Semester): approximately April – July

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Language requirement: German Level B1 (CEFR) is required.
For courses in German Linguistics and Literature a German Level B2.2 is strongly recommended.

More information about German language courses can be found here and here.

Areas of study open to exchange students
  • Humanities (priority: Dutch language and culture)

Students can take Dutch Language and Culture courses at the Institute of Dutch Studies. Students are also invited to take courses at other departments within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

  • Media

Students can take Media courses at the Institute of Media Culture and Theater. Students are also invited to take courses at other departments within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

The Department of German as Foreign Language (DaF) offers German language courses for international exchange students before and during the semester. Online pre-registration is mandatory!

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

German and English (for Humanities: Dutch)

Housing assistance
Estimated living costs per month

Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS 

Depending on the module's workload students are awarded either 6, 9 or 12 credit points.

Number of places available

Humanities: 2 places per year
Media and Musicology: 2 places per year

Additional information

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).

You can also see stories of students who have been abroad on Instagram!

International Office Humanities

Our front desk is currently closed until further notice. This means that there are no walk-in hours and it is not possible to make an appointment.  

You can reach us in the following ways:

Please mention your student number in all correspondence!


We are unable to sign physical documents. If you need to have a document signed, please send it to us via email.

Mailing address

Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht
+31 (0)30 253 6046


  • Sanne Boomsma - Head International Office Humanities;
  • Pooi Ji Hang - Exchange Coordinator (South and East Europe, Asia, Central and South America);
  • Monique Hanrath - Exchange Coordinator (North and West Europe, Africa, Oceania and North America);
  • Nelline Bogerd - Support Officer;
  • Agaath Sluijters - Support Officer.
Walk-in office hours

Our front desk is currently closed.

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment via this online form or send an email to internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.

Handing in and picking up documents

Send an email to internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.