Utrecht Region is home to 29 universities of different shapes and sizes, which offer hundreds of study programmes to 70,000 students from 125 countries. The region provides an inspiring international learning environment with an extensive range of fully English-taught study options covering many fields.
Prospective international students can enrol in one of the numerous English-taught degree programmes or short courses, while for Dutch speakers there are various Dutch-taught programmes. Start with comparing what’s on offer at the universities, colleges and other education providers and take a step closer to your chosen career. And make sure to check the required qualifications for admission.
In this section, we provide an overview of the various educational establishments in Utrecht Region, a study finder tool and information about student organisations.
How does the Dutch education system work?
The Dutch education system comprises secondary vocational education (middelbaarberoepsonderwijs, mbo), higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, hbo), offered at universities of applied sciences, and academic education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, wo), offered at research universities. Universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions. They tend to be practice-oriented and lead to bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Programmes at research universities focus more on theoretical aspects of a specific field, prepare students for undertaking independent research and again lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Research universities also offer PhD programmes.
Discover the wide range of English-taught study programmes available in Utrecht Region. The 'study finder' database offers an independent, up-to-date overview of study options at Dutch universities.Go to study finder
Student organisations are an important part of student life in Utrecht. The city has over 150 organisations. Two of the larger international associations are AIESEC and the Erasmus Student Network. Meet new people from all over the world who find themselves in a similar situation.