University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

Tel :+31 (0)88 238 87 80


HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU) was founded in 1995, the result of a merger of several independent institutions. The HU is one of the largest further education colleges in the Netherlands and is funded by the state. It has over 37,000 students with more than one hundred different nationalities. And yet, our students still experience our educational environment as small-scale and personal. This is thanks to the numerous locations where the courses are housed according to discipline and the high quality of our teaching staff, who place great emphasis on personal supervision.

One of the missions of the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is to contribute to a sustainable knowledge society with people as the starting point; a place where students and staff have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and feel at home.

The HU is a place to make contacts which you will treasure for the rest of your life. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht: a great start for an international adventure.


Cultural activities 

The campus, the uithof, is a social-cultural centre. It is a meeting place for students and staff where you can play games, read magazines or watch a movie (most in English) free of charge. They also offer courses in English at reduced prices. Parnassos is the International and Cultural Centre. They offer a number of music, theatre and dance courses for students at reasonable prices.

Sports facilities 

Sports facilities are open to all students at Sport Centre Olympos situated at campus the ’Uithof’. The centre has tennis courts, playing fields, a fitness room and three sport halls where you can apply for a course ranging from fencing and yoga to salsa and street dance. Utrecht’s canals are best to be explored in a canoe, water bike or from the many terraces on the wharf. 

Erasmus Student Network (ESN Utrecht)

ESN Utrecht aims to ensure that international students in Utrecht feel at home, have a great time, meet a lot of new people, get a good glimpse of Dutch student life and Dutch culture in general.


Home and EEA students

If you wish to study in the Netherlands and you are a national of a country belonging to European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), the tuition fee is € 1,620 for the academic year 2009/2010. Please note that the tuition fee is subject to annual inflation rate increase.

Assistance is available for home/EEA students through grants and loans. If you are a Dutch student, the Dutch government will provide some financial aid. Students from EU countries also qualify for a grant from the Dutch government, provided that they are under 30 years of age and are enrolled full-time. Please contact the IB-Group in Groningen (PO Box 30157, 9700 LJ Groningen) for more details.

Non EEA students 

The tuition fee for a full time non-EEA student is € 7,200 for the academic year 2009/2010. Please note that the fee is subject to annual changes. We are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to apply for a scholarship for excellent students. Find more details about our HU Excellent Scholarship on the website

Other costs 

Books and other school materials: you should budget approximately €750 a year. You will need about €600 per month to cover rent, food, insurance, transport and other expense. This does not cover study expenses.


The first step for enrolment for the first time in a regular programme at Hogeschool Utrecht is to apply through the national registration service Studielink. This service is provided in the English language where you shall be guided by a wizard through the entire application.

Studielink is a manner of registering nationally with the Dutch organisation IB-Group (Informatie Beheer Groep). This registration service is available from the 1st of October 2007. The Hogeschool Utrecht registration office shall process your application as from the 18th of January 2008.

How to apply through Studielink?
  1. Request your personal account and password 

    Once you are in Studielink you must first create an account with a user name and password. Your account shall be confirmed by email promptly, you shall receive a password.
  2. Place your registration for enrolment in Studielink 

    Log in with your password and user name and place your enrolment request in Studielink.
  3. Follow the instructions provided by Studielink
    Once you have entered your personal and academic details and agreed to send your registration for enrolment a student number shall be issued and sent to you by Hogeschool Utrecht. This procedure shall begin from the 18th of January 2008.

If you are not able to complete the application immediately you may at any time re-enter your Studielink account to adjust the details. Please be aware an incomplete application shall not be registered completely, so make sure you keep within the specified deadline dates.

Recommended deadlines
  • Students who need an entry visa for study: 1st of June
  • Students who have temporary residence in the Netherlands: 1st of July
  • Students from EEA countries who have a European diploma: 1st of August

Students with visa restrictions must be completely registered at the HU before the first of September. 
It is not possible to arrive after the start of the programme.


For more information, please contact the Admissions Unit of the International Office. 
Tel: +31 30 275 8928


Case Study

Name: Melody Chikoti

Country of origin: Zambia

Programme: Entrepreneurship of Developing Areas (EDA)


'Entrepreneurship of Developing Areas is exactly what I want to do. I want to be involved in the developing world helping the nations that are the weakest. 

The multi-national environment in Utrecht is really cool. There are lots of shopping places, the atmosphere is relaxed and there are many nice areas. My favorite place is an African food store of course. 

Dutch food is surprisingly lovable. Even though some things are deep-fried, it is very homey, good and healthy. And there are these small snacks or treats that are very distinct for Dutch food. Bottom line, if you love coffee this country is fantastic. 

My fellow students are very special to me. They are the people I spend most of my time with. Coming from 8 different nationalities it is a lot of fun hanging out with them, also on weekends.