The Utrecht University (UU) was founded in 1636, and it is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. The school is known as Universiteit Utrecht in Dutch, and it was formerly known as the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht.Show more
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Speaking about study qualities, I would definitely say that UU provides a great range of knowledge and (internship) opportunities. Teachers and students are generally well aligned and thus it could be seen that there is great communication between them. Furthermore, the study materials look way up to date-both in topics and study tools. What is really important though is that in my eyes the particular faculty is trying to highlight the personal input and creativity of the students. Consequently, I will highly recommend studying social/behavioral sciences in UU for those students that are looking for creativity, innovation, and active participation.
The quality of research and teaching is generally high and the facilities are top notch. In my studies of mathematics and history, I was generally content with the way classes were taught. Because it’s a large university, the content is very diverse. As a bachelor student, you will have hundreds of option.
Because most studies have lots of students it’s easy to feel lost at first. Luckily, there are many student organisations giving you the chance to develop yourself and have fun.
Utrecht university gives a lot of support to developing students in ways other than just studying.
University education is only one aspect of the development of students. Students can also develop themselves by being active is a student and studied associations.
With more than 50 associations that focus on various different aspects sport, studies, culture or travel, you name it there is an association for it.
Personally, I became an active member of my studies association and the department of the European student association AEGEE.
AEGEE provided me with many opportunities to meet students from different countries which helpt me further develop myself on different levels than just University education. So I am really happy that the University supports associations like this in many ways.
Utrecht University has been a wonderful place to study. What I liked a lot what the small scale of the education, (in my case this was also because my studies of French and Italian had few students), where contact with the professors was very easy and quite informal. Therefore individual students could get a lot of attention if needed. The UU has two very modern and well equipped University libraries with lots of computers and study spots, and enough places to park your bike (very essential!). Furthermore, Utrecht as a city is just beautiful and full of student life 🙂
What made my time as a student at the UU even more special was my active membership of student association AEGEE-Utrecht, part of AEGEE-Europe. I developed my knowledge in University and I simultaneously developed my soft skills within my association. And luckily, when I wanted to attend AEGEE events, my professors at the UU were always very understanding!
First of all, the quality of education is very high. Some of the teachers do not have very good presentation skills, but overall the lectures are good and the assessments are high level. Seminars are sometimes not very useful, should be used more for discussion and less for self-study. I got the feeling sometimes during seminars that we were just spending non-productive time there because the university required more lecture time. The self-study should be done in your own hours, not during seminars. I also felt that the topics and methods of UU are very traditional, which is sometimes good but more modern approaches would be good too. Lastly, the sense of community amongst students across the university could be improved too by the university. It sometimes felt rather divided between different faculties.
Quality of education is very good (courses, lectures, teachers). Good initiatives and opportunities for all students to develop themselves.
Communication and information can be improved. Regulations are not always clear and it can be hard to find the right person to answer your question or help you with a problem.
High quality education, good teacher-student ratio and interesting study programs. Good support on services like Career guidance as well. De campus is not the most beautiful place ever but hey, you win some you lose some. Overall i have very much enjoyed my years of studying here.
The human science department is one of the oldest in the Netherlands and offers a vast range of study programmes. The interdisciplinarity of the human science department has been a great plus. Different study departments work closely together and offer challenging inderdisciplinary curriculums. My study traject included courses from the conflict studies department, genderstudies, religious studies, international relations studies, history and even history of art courses in my first year.
In recent years Utrecht University has transformed into a international university. A wide range of studies previously taught in Dutch, are now taught in English. This is possitive in the long-term (more competitive in international academics), but I think the university is still in its developing fase which is not always in the benefit of the quality of education.
For me Utrecht University is a great university because it’s the perfect middle ground between ivy league type of education and public education. Teachers are approachable yet well-qualified, the courses are very interactive and the study facilities like the library are great and easy to use. The fees are afforable and eligibility is not only based on grades, motivation is often also key in the admission processes. This enhances the diversity among students, enables students to become increasingly ambitious during their studies (some students achieve great potential later on in their study traject) and makes the learning environment at the University of Utrecht genuinely pleasant.