Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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Located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of Europe’s leading research universities, recognized internationally for its high-quality, innovative approach to both research and teaching. Utrecht University offers a broader spectrum of disciplines than any other university in the Netherlands, counts 7 faculties and some 30,000 students. Founded in 1636, the University has always focused strongly on research. Thanks to its solid basis in discipline-based scholarship, it is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and cultural studies.

International students who participate in one of our more than 80 English-taught Master's programs follow courses and carry out research at the highest possible level. If you come to Utrecht to join an education program, you will enjoy the liveliness of the city as well as the scientific atmosphere at the campus ´De Uithof´. Our campus includes student flats, modern architecture, a large library (62 km of books), the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the Olympos sports centre.

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Utrecht is a lively city in the geographical centre of the Netherlands. With its 300,000 inhabitants, Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and with no less than one sixth of the inhabitants being students, Utrecht is a real student city. In the historic centre you will find excellent museums in a setting of picturesque courtyards, restaurants and delightful little shops. Much of the city’s mediaeval atmosphere can still be felt today in its pattern of streets and alleys. In the summer you can enjoy a drink or a meal at one of many pavement cafés along the streets and canals. Utrecht is also known for its festivals and cultural program. The varied range of large and small theatres in Utrecht will surprise you. Leading theatre groups present plays, opera, dance, musicals and cabaret shows. Utrecht also has many trendy clubs where you can hear the latest hits and see the trendiest fashions. All this together with student societies for every type of student makes the city of Utrecht a very attractive place for all kinds of people, including students.

Specific Research Opportunities

In 2011, Utrecht University again confirmed its reputation as a leading research university. In the Shanghai ranking of the world’s best universities, Utrecht was ranked 48th in the world, 12th in Europe and 1st in the Netherlands. In the Times Higher Education ranking the positions are respectively 68, 18 and 1. The University also obtained an above-average number of research subsidies for individual researchers according to the CHE clustering, and the departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology research programs are considered to be among the best in Europe. In order to preserve the high quality of its research, the University invested in talent and established new collaborative links, both nationally and internationally. In addition, the University developed policy designed to increase focus in its research.

Utrecht University incorporates various thematic multi-disciplinary collaborations conducting excellent research. In addition to this, researchers from various disciplines work together on a number of themes within the University’s 15 research focus areas and 4 strategic research themes, Life Sciences, Sustainability, Institutions and Youth & Identity. Utrecht coordinates a wide range of research institutes. The University recently received 3 of the 8 prestigious national grants big research facilities.

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