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Universiteit Utrecht LAW EXC
Utrecht, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2)
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Agreement Scope:
Sydney Law School
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Location: Utrecht
Year Established: 1636
Student population: 30,000
Utrecht University is a renowned international research university offering the entire academic spectrum of teaching and research.  It has produced no less than 12 Nobel Prize winners and its international reputation continues to grow. It’s located in the beautiful and safe city of Utrecht.

With modern facilities and an educational model designed to offer students flexibility, freedom of choice and optimum personal development, Utrecht University offers a stimulating study environment. The University’s public face is University Hall, a historic monument in Dom Square in the centre of Utrecht.

Unique characteristics
There are more than 200 courses offered in English, some of which are available to exchange students. The School of Law is more than 350 years old and conducts quality research in a range of legal fields including private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law and international law.

The Netherlands is one of Europe’s smallest countries but it has one of the most important economies. It’s known for its high quality education and as a safe country where most people speak English. Utrecht is one of the country’s oldest cities, with a beautiful medieval centre and numerous canals. It has a very large student population and there is easy access by train to the rest of Europe.

Netherlands - Utrecht Law Scho

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: Law

Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September- February
Semester 2: February - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
At the host university, grades are awarded in numerical terms, from 1-10. More information on the host university's grading system 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English. 


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Scholarship: Up to twenty merit scholarships to the value of $2,000 will be awarded per semester to students nominated to the Utrecht University in 2018.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
The Orientation Programme will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
The International Office provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia

Student Experiences

Fabian Di Lizia
Bachelor of Laws, Semester 2, 2016
Host City Highlights
Exploring the Dom Tower area, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ritveld-Schroderhuis, enjoying summer afternoons in the Wilhemina Park and experiencing Dutch culture.
Uni Life
Many exchange students get to know each other through orientation days and maintain contact from that point onward.  There is an opportunity to join various clubs and societies which are aimed at meeting new people.
Classes generally involved 3-4 hours of contact per week.  Their size varied but in my experience, classes were generally a small lecture or large seminar involving about 50 to 60 students.  Subjects would generally involve either two lecture or two seminars per week.  Assessments were similar to my experience at the University of Sydney insofar as it would generally involve a requirement for a paper to be submitted plus completion of a final exam.
There are some things that are considered traditionally Dutch which must be tried: herring; fries and 'oliebollen' (a type of sweet, fried snack).  Day to day eating for me was generally quite similar to what I would have back at home.
I stayed in a privately rented apartment by myself.  I found this through searching on various online websites recommended by the University of Utrecht.
Money Matters
My total budget for all matters related to my exchange was about $13,000.  This was intended to cover all matters from flights to accommodation and living costs.  I generally found that it was an adequate amount as long as I remained disciplined with my spending.  I was not working during my time there.
Getting Around
The Netherlands is known for its excellent cycling infrastructure and culture.  Riding a bicycle is definitely the most efficient and best way to get around the Netherlands.  It is therefore advisable to invest in a cheap bike on arrival that will hopefully last until the end of your stay.
I visited various cities in my host country: Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague, Eindhoven and Rotterdam.  These cities are able to be visited in the space of a day and day trips are possible largely due to the fact that trains to these centres run frequently.  One thing to be weary of is that trains within the Netherlands can be quite expensive, so plan day trips to get the most value for money.  I found that there were no real benefits to visiting the cities at any particular time of year.  However, each city has its own events from time to time, so it might be an idea to investigate when events are occurring and perhaps plan a trip around them to see an additional point of interest.
Top Tips
Ensure to take some time in getting used to differences in Dutch culture, including things such as riding bikes from day to day.  Ensure you go with an open mind and a willingness to explore so as to get the most out of your exchange.

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