University of Utrecht Honors College, Direct Exchange

UW Honors Direct Exchange

University of Utrecht Honors College, Direct Exchange

The Honors Program is pleased to make available a direct exchange with the University of Utrecht Honors College in Utrecht in the Netherlands. UW students will take regular courses across the curriculum (taught in English) with Dutch students.

Information Sessions

  • Thursday, 11/15, noon in MGH 211E (Honors Library)
  • Monday, 11/26, 1:00-2:00 p.m., MGH 211E (Honors Library)

About Utrecht and the University of Utrecht Honors College

Utrecht University (UCU) near the heart of the city is the largest university in the Netherlands, offering an abundance of top-notch academic resources. The campus reflects an integration of tradition and history with cutting-edge technology and innovation. All courses are taught in English.

Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, is teeming with cultural and artistic opportunities for students. It is conveniently located 30 minutes from Amsterdam by train.

Eligibility Requirements

This exchange program is not restricted to Honors students only. Any eligible UW undergraduate may apply. The program is most appropriate for juniors and seniors with prior international experience who have demonstrated maturity and academic excellence. Honors will screen applicants by paper application and interview advanced candidates.

Program Fees

  • Outbound UW students pay exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition through the Home Tuition Program for Reciprocal Exchange*
    • 1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges
    • 3.0 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges
  • Students billed via MyUW on regular UW tuition billing schedule
  • Students pay housing & additional fees to host institution/housing facility
  • All other costs are the responsibility of the participating student including…
    • Airfare
    • Food
    • Housing
    • Compulsory international insurance
    • Books
    • Visas
    • All other incidentals
  • Students may be eligible to use their regular financial aid and scholarship funds for study abroad, but must verify any and all financial aid prior to committing to the program
  • Tuition waivers cannot be used toward study abroad or any direct exchange program, as tuition waivers cannot be used to pay study abroad program fees or exchange tuition equivalent fees

You are responsible for verifying your own financial aid by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall.

*In 1997, the Legislature authorized the “Home Tuition” program as the primary means to fund international student exchanges. Under this program, UW students pay an amount equal to their regular tuition and select fees at the UW, and then study at the foreign host institution tuition-free. The funds paid by the outgoing UW student are then used to cover the tuition costs of the incoming international exchange student.


All UCU students are required to live on campus (no exceptions) on a room and board basis. A housing questionnaire is included in the application package.

Students live in a unit with 6 to 12 other Dutch and international students. Every student gets a single room. There are some double rooms available (with a discount in costs). Students share a bathroom with their housemates. There is a shared living room. All units have a kitchenette where students can prepare simple meals (a hotplate, a microwave, coffeemaker and refrigerator). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Dining Hall.

Application process for outbound UW students

  1. Complete the Honors Direct Exchange Outbound Application by posted deadline
  2. Interview with Honors Direct Exchange Manager(s)
  3. If nominated, you will receive instructions on how to formally apply to UCU (on-line application via UCU). Final decision to admit you to the direct exchange program rests with the host institution. Once you receive formal acceptance from them, you will be directly communicating and coordinating your transition abroad with our partner representative abroad.
  4. Complete all international exchange requirements directed by UW via the International Programs & Exchanges Office (IPE) study abroad site. Once accepted, you will automatically begin to receive email instructions / prompts from IPE regarding this phase of the process related to Concurrent Enrollment Costs & FeesStudy Abroad Insurance, etc.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines to submit all application materials to the Honors Office:

  • January  15 – Autumn Semester (August – December)
  • August 15 – Spring Semester (January – May)




Fast Facts

  • UCU website:
  • Phone: 31-30-2539900
  • Email:
  • Contact person for incoming exchange students: Marja Peursum
  • UCU application requirements: application form, statement of purpose, recent transcript, and proof of English proficiency (if necessary), two passport photos
  • Language of instruction: all courses are taught in English
  • Grading: A-F
  • Most undergraduate courses available to exchange students except lab courses and most language courses. View coures offerings here: Courses (“University College: Bachelors”) 
  • Tuition waivers CANNOT be applied to direct exchange tuition
  • Full time study is 4 courses (16 units) per semester
  • Academic term is semester system, so students receive 1.5 times the number of credits therefore tuition is charged at 1.5 times the normal rate
  • 4 UCU credits = 7.5 ECTS, which is approximately 5.6 quarter credits

Note: Students should be flexible in taking courses. For that reason they need to indicate 8 preferred courses (4 first-choice and 4 alternative courses) per semester in the application form. Students are allowed a maximum of 2 courses in the same field.Due to the great demand and limited class size for Social Science courses, especially psychology and sociology/anthropology courses, students who want to take courses in these fields need to be especially flexible regarding their curriculum at UCU.

  • Quick Links

Contact Info

Honors International Exchange Manager

Julie Villegas,

About UW Honors – For Inbound Students

The University of Washington Honors Program brings selected faculty into close contact with dedicated students in the atmosphere of small, challenging classes, combining the intimacy and a sense of community of a small, liberal arts college with the strengths of an excellent public research university. The Honors Program offers intellectual and cultural diversity, and world-class faculty and facilities. Honors exchange programs are best suited for students with strong English proficiency.

Program Fees

Students will be exempted from paying UW tuition and fees, but are responsible for covering the cost of tuition at their home institution


Exchange students are eligible to live in university residence halls. Housing costs are the responsibility of the student. For more information visit the UW’s Study Abroad site.

Application process for inbound international students

  • Complete and submit the online application form for inbound students:
  • Send the following directly to Julie Villegas (
    • A. Transcripts of all college work through the most recent quarter (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
    • B. Proof of language proficiency (students must pass required TOEL test or provide proof of college level proficiency in English)
    • C. Current resumé (maximum one page)

Additional information and requirements for inbound exchange student applicants are located on the UW IPE website.


UW Honors application deadline for fall semester study is February 15 and for winter/spring term the deadline is August 15.

Fast Facts

The International Programs and Exchanges Office at the UW provides an informational portal for visiting exchange students.

Quick Links

For information about the University of Washington, visit:

For information about the UW Honors Program, visit:

International Student Services Office webpage:

Contact Info

Honors International Exchange Manager:
Julie Villegas