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Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: Dutch

UMSL Term Abroad: Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall: September - December
Spring: February - June

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the first deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so. Students interested in competitive locations, such as this one, should apply in February of the year academic year prior to term. For example, if you are interested in the Spring 2016, apply in January 2015. 

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: February 16 (final). If after this date, see a Study Abroad Coordinator to determine whether or not placement is still available.

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. This program requires the submission of a strong fine arts portfolio and a review by Utrecht Arts. As spaces are limited, all applicants are strongly encouraged to have an alternative/second choice location.


Subjects Available:

  • TAUGHT IN DUTCH (Studio)
  • Design - Spatial Design
  • Design - Fashion Design
  • Design - Product Design
  • Digitial Media
  • Drawing
  • Multimedia
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

The University:  The Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) has about 4000 students and is one of the largest art and culture-oriented universities of professional education in Europe. The school has five faculties. Four faculties are located in Utrecht, primarily in the older part of the city. The Faculty of Art, Media and Technology is located in Hilversum, a city 20 kilometres outside of Utrecht. It has an excellent reputation. As with most creative arts institutions, admission is by portfolio or cd. Admission is very restricted and there are very few courses taught in English. There are approximately 65 incoming and 55 outgoing exchange students each year.

Academics:  Almost all HKU bachelor courses are taught in Dutch. Exchange students may attend and will be supervised in English. In general exchange possibilities are available in the 2nd and 3rd year of the study program. Courses are mostly studio based. 

Housing: Utrecht School of the Arts cooperates with the housing agency SSH. This local housing corporation offers temporary furnished housing. They reserve a range of furnished accommodation in and around Utrecht especially for international students of Utrecht University. 

Activities and Programs: 

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Location:  The city of Utrecht is characterized by its pretty canals that lend the city a special feeling. In the summer, the terraces of the many cafés and restaurants along the canals form a social hotspot. The old centre of the city is very attractive with many different styles of architecture. As in most of Holland, in Utrecht the bicycle rules! Although the bike is the main means of transportation within the city, an impressive extensive network of buses, light rail service and trains connects Utrecht to all of the Netherlands and Europe. The city is easily accessible from Amsterdam by train (about 30 mins.).

In general public transportation is reasonably priced and efficient. Cost of living in Utrecht is quite reasonable. The population is over 260,000, which makes Utrecht the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. The city has many museums, art galleries, cinemas etc and the yearly Dutch Film Festival is held here.

International Office Website: http://www.hku.nl/web/English.htm

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Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $175.00
Books and course materials $2,000.00
Accommodations $2,350.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $850.00
Airfare $1,700.00
Local Transportation $250.00
Other $300.00
TOTAL $11,564.60


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes Dutch insurance, bicycle. 


Some photos and text courtesy of Utrecht School of Arts