Semester Study Abroad

University College Utrecht

University College Utrecht is part of Utrecht University which, established in 1636, stands as one of the oldest, largest, and most reputable research universities in both the Netherlands and Europe. In the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, it placed 16th in Europe and 57th worldwide. Known for its emphasis on international engagement and the ready availability of programmes in English (whether at the undergraduate and graduate levels), Utrecht University numbers among its faculty and alumni 12 Nobel laureates and 13 Spinoza Prize winners.

Yale-NUS students will spend the semester at University College Utrecht (UCU), the international honors college within the University. UCU is like Yale-NUS in many ways: it is small (at present it enrolls just 710 students), internationally diverse (58 nationalities are represented; those holding only Dutch nationality compose 59% of the student population), and strongly centered on the vision of a liberal arts education.

Number of Spots for Yale-NUS Students per semester: 2 – 3

Due to the enthusiastic interest in study abroad and the volume of inquiries that we receive, if you have any questions, please read the Semester Study Abroad FAQs carefully first. And if you have further questions unanswered in the FAQs, feel free to contact Wai Yee at

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Fields of Study

In principle all fields of the Departments of Social Science, Science and Humanities are open to exchange students. UCU especially encourages exchange students to take courses in the Humanities department. The link to the study planner can be found here (select the “University College: Bachelors” button).

Exchange students need to be flexible in taking courses. Once nominated to UCU, students will need to indicate 8 preferred courses (4 first-choice and 4 alternative courses) per semester in the application form. Students are allowed a maximum of 2 courses in the same field.

Due to the great demand and limited class size for Social Science courses, especially psychology and sociology/anthropology courses, students who want to take courses in these fields need to be especially flexible regarding their courses at UCU.

Exchange students will take all of their courses at University College Utrecht and cannot take courses from other faculties at Utrecht University. Further, lab courses as well as most language courses (except Dutch) will not be available to visiting students.

Please take note of the following information when considering courses to take:

100 level Introductory courses are open to all students

200 level Intermediate courses have 100-level prerequisites needed in order to enroll

300 level Advanced courses have 100 and 200-level prerequisites needed in order to enroll

Language of Instruction


Full Course Load (Required Number of Credits)


Students are required to take the full course load at the host institution, which will be equivalent to 20 MCs upon successful completion of credit transfer procedures back at Yale-NUS College.

Relevant Academic Information 

UCU provides each incoming exchange-student with a tutor for academic assistance throughout the semester.

Students must maintain the minimum academic performance requirement (an average GPA of 3.0 on 1.0 – 4.0 scale) in order to stay in the program.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: Aug. – Dec.

Spring Semester: Jan. – May

Details of the academic calendar can be found here.

CAP Requirement


If you are interested in studying abroad at this institution and currently have a CAP below 3.5, please contact a member of the CIPE International Programmes team.

Have Questions?
Leong Wai Yee
Programme Manager, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.