HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

HKU University of the Arts, Netherlands


Information Sheet: 2017-18 Information Sheet

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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. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, bachelor's and master's programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction and arts management. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is internationally oriented and involved in numerous international programmes and projects. HKU maintains contact with almost 200 educational institutions abroad for the purpose of exchanging lecturers, students and projects. Almost 20% of the students come from outside the Netherlands. Foreign students can attend HKU as a regular student, an exchange student in programmes such as Erasmus, a bilateral exchange programme or as an MA, MPhil or PhD student.

The city of Utrecht, like Amsterdam, is characterised by its pretty canals that give a special feeling to the city. Outdoor living, particularly in the summer, can be enjoyed at many cafés and restaurants near the canals. The old centre of the city is very attractive with many different styles of architecture. Also like Amsterdam, here the bicycle rules! Almost everyone seems to ride a bike and this appears to be the main means of transportation within the city, although there is a light rail service and buses as well as trains which connect Utrecht to all of the Netherlands and Europe.
The population is over 260,000 which makes it the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. The city has many museums, art galleries, cinemas etc. and the Dutch Film Festival is held here. The cost of living in Utrecht is quite reasonable and the city is easily accessible from Amsterdam by train (about 30 minutes). In general, the network of trains and buses across the Netherlands is very impressive, reasonably priced and incredibly efficient. There is a close link between the School and the City which is expressed by the many art festivals and concerts which are organised.


The Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) has five faculties. Four faculties are located in Utrecht as well as the Central Building that is housed on one of the major streets in the older part of the city, but is very modern inside. It has about 4000 students and is one of the largest art and culture-oriented universities of professional education in Europe.
The Faculty of Art, Media and Technology is not located in Utrecht itself but in Hilversum, a city 20 kilometres outside of Utrecht. The Faculty has an excellent reputation. This is one area which is open to exchange students. There are approximately 65 incoming and 55 outgoing exchange students each year.
As with Utrecht University accommodation is extremely difficult to find.  However the Student Service Centre of Utrecht School of the Arts offers assistance for which students pay mediation costs.  Once an exchange student has been accepted, the SSC will send information regarding accommodation. Utrecht School of the Arts cooperates with the housing agency SSH. You have to make an online application. For more information click here.
All Australian exchange students will need a residence permit. Students need to apply for the residence permit as soon as they arrive in the Netherlands. The cost is €438. It is advised that students should check that they meet the conditions for obtaining the residence permit before they travel to the Netherlands.