University College Utrecht (UCU) is the international honors college of Utrecht University and houses about 700 students. UCU attracts students not only from the Netherlands, but also from various parts of the world. UCU offers academics in the spirit of the liberal arts and sciences. The language of instruction and on campus is English.
University College Utrecht Fact Sheet
Boston College students are fully immersed into UCU. BC students take regular courses alongside full-time UCU students. UCU offers courses across a broad liberal arts and science curriculum. BC students are able to enroll in any course as long as they meet all pre-requisites.
University College Utrecht
College Hall, room 016
Campusplein 1 PO Box 80145,
3508 TC Utrecht
Academics & Support
An orientation will take place prior to the start of term. The orientation dates are not yet known, though they typically begin 5-7 days before the term.
Course information for Utrecht is available here
The academic system at Utrecht is different than what students find at Boston College. Students will take a total of 30 ECTS (credits) per semester. Courses are less structured than courses at Boston College. Students are expected to do much more independent reading. Student’s grades will be based on a limited number of assignments.
- Fall Term: Starts in early September and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in late January and ends in mid-May.
For more information on finances and scholarships, visit OIP’s website
Following the concept of a small liberal arts college, UCU provides on-campus housing for all its students including international exchange students. Housing and board fees will be paid directly to Utrecht and costs will vary according to the type of accommodation. UCU has multiple residence halls. For more information on UCU's campus and accommodation, please visit this website
Each hall is divided into different units. Between 6 and 12 students live in a unit, in which they have a private room and share a living-room, kitchenette and one or more bathrooms. The units are a mix of different genders, ages, and nationalities. Rooms vary in size between 12 and 20 m² and are comfortably furnished with at least a bed, a desk and a wardrobe. Most rooms are single, although some double rooms are available. While smoking is prohibited in all main campus buildings, students can express a preference for a smoking or nonsmoking unit.
Students are encouraged to eat in the dining hall, but kitchenettes are fitted with basic cooking appliances. Bathrooms are fitted with a shower, a toilet and a wash basin. During the semesters all students are on a full board plan, allowing them to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner five days a week. On Saturdays and Sundays brunch and dinner are served. All meals are prepared and served in the dining hall.
Boston College students are encouraged to participate in activities sponsored by the host institution. The University College Student Association (UCSA) strives to enrich the nonacademic life of all students with social and cultural activities. Established in the first year of UCU’s existence, the UCSA now consists of about 30 committees and teams that organize activities (including the introduction week), workshops, parties, performances and trips throughout the year.
In addition the UCSA publishes the campus newspaper “Boomerang”, runs the college bar, organizes a yearly formal ball, and organizes sports events, dance and music performances, photo exhibitions and much more. All students are invited to join one or more of these committees.The website is here.
After arrival at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, students can take a train to Utrecht Central Station. The train station is part of Schiphol Plaza, just follow directions for ‘trains’. Train tickets are available from the yellow ticket machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza or from the ticket offices. There is a direct train to Utrecht every 30 minutes and the journey takes about half an hour. Buy a one way ticket (enkele reis) to Utrecht Central Station (approximately €7,80). When in doubt, you can always ask someone at the ticket office. For journey advice and time tables check here
Utrecht will provide additional details regarding arrival.
Local Transportation: Information regarding travel in and around Utrecht can be found here
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Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.