HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

HKU University of the Arts, Netherlands


Information Sheet: 2020/21 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. We know how to do art education well. We will make you feel at home while challenging your world view on how things are ‘supposed to be’. We like to cross borders, explore new territories and find ways to inject creativity in places others would have never thought of looking. Several themes are particularly relevant to our educational profile, our practice-based research and our contribution to society at large. Themes that set us apart and provide students, lecturers, researchers, alumni and partners with the compelling environment they need to further their creative career. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, Associate Degree programmes, Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction, and arts management (please see the attachment for a complete overview). HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is internationally oriented and involved in numerous international programmes and projects. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht maintains contact with almost 200 educational institutions abroad for the purpose of exchanging students, lecturers and projects.


Utrecht is one of the most popular student cities in the Netherlands. There is a lot going on in Utrecht. Besides the pubs and restaurants, Utrecht has various museums, a city theatre, several cinemas and smaller theatres. International students can join Erasmus Student Network and Buddy go Dutch, receive student discounts at several sports facilities and at Parnassos, the cultural centre of Utrecht University.

  • 4th largest city in the Netherlands - approx. 340,000 inhabitants
  • “youngest” city of the Netherlands: 45% of the population is below the age of 30
  • centrally located in the Netherlands within 30 minutes of Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport
  • within a few hours of major European cities like Paris, Berlin and London
  • largest train junction station: 200,000 train travellers per day
  • 732 medieval wharf cellars
  • one of the highest bicycle densities in the Netherlands
  • in the top 10 of fastest growing cities in Europe
  • major creative industry
  • > 65,000 students in the Utrecht region