HKU Studentportal
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Course catalogue

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.

Each course has defined specific semester(s) in which exchange students can enroll.


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 been nominated by your home institution, you can start with your online application. Read more about the nomination and application procedure

Academic year

At HKU the first semester runs from the first week of September through the end of January. Except at HKU Fine Art where the first semester continues until the end of December.

The second semester is from the first week of February until the end of June.


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.

Dutch language course

HKU offers a Dutch language course starting in the second week of September.

It is a basic level course of 10 lessons and is especially designed for HKU students.

Other Dutch language courses in Utrecht:

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.


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).

Read more

More information

For questions and more information, you can contact HKU Service Desk Student Affairs: or tel. + 31 30 209 1540.