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This information is for students who would like to study at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU) as an exchange student for one or two semesters.


HKU offers a wide variety of bachelor and master courses in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction, arts education and arts management. As an exchange student you will take part in the courses offered in the bachelor programmes. On master level we can only accept students in the Master of Music programme.

course information


In order to apply your home university must have an (Erasmus) bilateral exchange agreement with HKU in your field of study. If there is no agreement, we need an official cooperation enquiry of your International Office to

Once you have decided on what course is suitable, you will follow an on-line digital application procedure. Read more about the application procedure

Entrance visa & residence permit

Check if you need to apply for an entrance visa and/or residence permit. You will find all you need to know about this process under Visa.

Utrecht student life

There are various ways of integrating into the Utrecht student life. You can join a student organisation and/or find a Dutch buddy to help you along. Some suggestions are:

Erasmus Student Network organises activities such as sporting events, theme and international parties, excursions and city trips. They also offer a mentor system linking a group of international students to a Dutch student.

Read more about ESN

Buddy Go Dutch is a project that links an international student to a Dutch student. This can help you get to know the Dutch Culture from the inside.


Almost all HKU bachelor courses are taught in Dutch. Exchange students may attend and will be supervised in English.

As an exchange student you should realise that you will be in a Dutch speaking environment. Although most Dutch speak excellent English, being able to speak and/or understand some of our language will greatly improve the quality of your time here. For Dutch language courses in Utrecht:


HKU participates in Erasmus+, the EU's new programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020 and has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).

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More information

For questions and more information, you can e-mail HKU Servicedesk Student Affairs.

Practical information

Finances and insurance