HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is at the heart of the cultural and student life of Utrecht. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe.
As a HKU student, during your course you will be working on commissions for customers in the working field. These may be commercial companies or non-profit organizations and cultural initiatives.
That way, you learn hands on where your strengths lie and what you can offer the world as a designer, lecturer, producer or performer. HKU produces creative professionals and entrepreneurs with initiative who know where their chances lie, both nationally and internationally.
We work with renowned art and cultural educational institutions in Europe, Africa, Japan and the US, so you have a wide choice of opportunities for exploring international developments in your discipline.
Utrecht School of Arts can consider only one student per course.
HKU offers highly specialized courses that require a strong academic background in the subject area an exchange student applies for. Our experience is that this is not always the case with creative art programs that allow students to choose from a diverse range of (art related) subject areas or when students choose a more broadening subject area than that of the main course at the home institution.
HKU therefore would like to do a screening of the academic compatibility before the nomination of AEN students based on:
Motivation: why the chosen HKU course is of interest and importance for the student’s professional development.
A small portfolio that gives a good idea of the work of the student.
Transcript of records (GPA/average marks are not needed).
In general, higher art education is smaller scale and a limited number of places is available for exchange students that apply. HKU, as many other higher art education institutions, tend to receive more exchange applications than places available and therefore a content based selection is made. Students take the selection into account when applying and are aware of the possibility of not being selected.
Utrecht has a rich history and is home to a great many monuments – ranging from Roman times through the Middle Ages to 20th-century architecture. The canals that are lined with wharf cellars and inviting terraces, old churches and naturally the impressive tower of the Dom cathedral add to the city’s ambience. Students make up a large part of the population of Utrecht, which offers all the facilities that could be expected of a true student city.
Culture is important to Utrecht. Each year, more than 650,000 people visit the renowned museums, nearly a million visitors attend events such as the Blues Festival, the Netherlands Film Festival, the Festival of Early Music, the Festival a/d Werf and the Utrecht Design Biennial, while about two million people make use of facilities such as cinemas, theatres and music centers. Furthermore, of all Dutch cities, Utrecht is the city with most people working in a creative profession.
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students:
HKU Fine Art
Bachelor of Fine Art
Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Drawing, Intermedia, Digital Media
Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design
Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design
Bachelor of Design in Product Design
Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English:
HKU Fine Art
Areas of study not available to exchange students:
HKU Art and Economics
HKU Utrechts Conservatorium
Most art and design courses have a fixed study program, of 20-24 ECTS with possibilities for individual projects and seminars of 6 ECTS, that are discussed upon arrival.
HKU Games and Interaction, HKU Music and Technology and HKU Media (Image and Media Technology, Animation and Audiovisual Media) do not have course units listed for exchange students at our website. Either exchange students participate in a group project or the study program is more tailor made, depending on the student's educational background.
Depending on the course, exchange applicants can find more or less detailed information HERE.
Almost all HKU undergraduate courses are taught in Dutch and exchange students will be supervised in English as much as possible. Exchange students should realize they will be in a Dutch speaking environment, and a basic understanding of the Dutch language is highly recommended.
August 29th - December 23rd
or January 31st (depending on the course)
February 1st - June 30th
*Please note, these are estimated dates and are subject to change. For the most updated information, please visit the host university website.
Estimated Monthly Costs of Living in Euro:
Local transportation: 40. Many students bike: a second-hand bike with locks will cost a maximum of 175 euros.
Health Insurance: 50
Utrecht, a relatively small student city, has the housing problems of any major city in Europe. This means that not everyone can live in the city center close to the buildings of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. Most students live in a radius of about 20 minutes (by bike) from school. Rents in Utrecht vary between € 375 to € 700 per month.
Student housing is scarce in Utrecht. Therefore, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht has made arrangements with the SSH, a student housing agency in Utrecht. At the Kruisstraat in Utrecht there are a certain number of rooms reserved especially for exchange students.