• General Information

    Full Name of University:

    HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

    Number of MAUI semesters you can accept during 2019/20 (not students):

    2 students per academic year, 1 student per course

    General University Website:

    Click here.

    International Office/Website for Incoming Students:

    Click here.

    Contact people for incoming students:

    Dorien Mouw
    HKU Student and Academic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1520
    3500 BM Utrecht
    tel: +31(0) 30 2091556
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Contact people for outgoing students:


    Application website. If paper only, please write “paper only.”

    Click here. 

    We can consider 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 programmes 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.

    We 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.
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 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.

    How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduate versus graduates?


    Other important notes

    Last updated

    January 2019

  • Academics

    Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students (list explicitly)

    HKU Fine Art
    Bachelor of Fine Art
    - Painting
    - Sculpture
    - Printmaking
    - Drawing
    - Intermedia
    - Digital Media

    HKU Design
    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 (list explicitly)

    HKU Fine Art

    Are graduate areas open for exchange?


    Areas of study open to graduate exchange students (list explicitly)


    Can advanced undergraduate students take graduate level courses?


    Can graduate student take undergraduate level courses?


    Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties

    HKU Fine Art
    Bachelor of Education in Visual Art and Design
    - Drawing and Painting
    - Spatial Design
    - Textiles Design
    - Audiovisual Media

    HKU Media
    HKU Games & Interaction
    HKU Music and Technology

    Areas of study not available to exchange students

    HKU Theatre
    HKU Art and Economics
    HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

    Websites for course offerings

    Click here.

    Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange

    For both undergraduate & graduate

    Minimum: 20 ECTS
    Maximum: 30 ECTS

    Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?

    If so, please provide summer school website.


    Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival?

    See underneath special advising or registrations concerns

    Language Requirements

    Almost all HKU undergraduate courses are taught in Dutch and exchange students will be supervised in English as much as possible. Exchange students should realise they will be in a Dutch speaking environment, and a basic understanding of the Dutch language is highly recommended.

    Language test certificate required?

    If so, which and when: before admission or upon arrival?


    Preparatory language course for incoming students?

    Indicate dates and costs


    Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?

    Depending on the course, exchange applicants can find more or less detailed information at: studentportal.hku.nl/exchange. Most art and design courses have a fixed study programme, 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.

    Additional Notes

    Last updated

    January 2019

  • Dates

    Host Application deadline for each term

    Semester 1/Fall: 15 April
    Semester 2/Spring: 1 October

    Academic Calendar

    Please list exact dates

    Semester 1/Fall: 2 September until 20 December 2019 or 31 January 2020,depending on the course.
    Semester 2/Spring: 3 February – 30 June 2020

    Examination period(s)

    Semester 1/Fall: December/January
    Semester 2/Spring: May/June

    If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early?

    (i.e. semester ends in December and exams are late January).


    Orientation session(s) for incoming students

    Is it mandatory, indicate dates and costs

    HKU Student Service Centre organises a mandatory introduction day in the first week of September (Semester 1) and the first week of February (Semester 2).
    There are no costs involved.

    Course registration deadline


    Last updated

    January 2019

  • Costs

    Total cost estimates per month in Euro

    (broken down below)






    Course Materials


    Local Transportation

    40. Many students bike: a second-hand bike with locks will cost a maximum of 175 euros.

    Health Insurance



    (please indicate and specify any mandatory additional fees)

    Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed?

    If not, please include fees in “other” field above.


    Additional Notes

    Last Updated

    January 2019

  • Housing and Student Life

    Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed?


    Housing options

    Through SSH housing agency: fully furnished rooms (mostly double) with shared facilities in student flats

    Housing Website and Contact Person(s)

    website: studentportal.hku.nl/housing
    HKU Student Service Centre: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate?

    Click here.

    What kinds of health facilities are available at the university?

    Click here.

    Are internships available?


    Are student jobs available/allowed?


    Additional Notes

    Last Updated

    January 2019

  • Promotional Materials

    Please add links to promotional materials below

    Please keep in mind that these resources are here for partners to use to promote exchanges; this is not itself a promotional website. As such, please simply link to your promotional materials and refrain from embedding video or images on this page.

    University Video:

    University Image Library:

    University or Departmental Brochures:

    Last Updated

    January 2019