This page is for students who want to study at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht for 1 or 2 semesters in the framework of exchange programmes, such as Erasmus.

In general exchange possibilities are available in the 2nd and 3rd year of the study program.

Almost all HKU bachelor courses are taught in Dutch. Exchange students may attend and will be supervised in English. Courses are mostly studio based.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study accomplishment and performance of students across the European Union and other collaborating countries. The Netherlands adopted this system in 2002 in as the way of quantifying periods of study.

The workload is measured in credits (studiepunten). A student's workload is measured in ECTS credits. One credit represents 28 hours of work and 60 credits represent one year of full-time study. 60 ECTS-credits are equivalent to 1500-1800 hours of study in all countries.


For a general description of the study programmes see HKU Bachelors

HKU Visual Arts, HKU Design

While our bachelor courses are taught in Dutch, exchange students may attend and will be supervised in English. The following modules are selected especially for exchange students.
Fine Art
Design (Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Product Design, Photography, Spatial Design).

HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

HKU Utrechts Conservatorium offers exchange possibilities within all of its courses. However, acceptance is always contingent upon available space within the course and with a specific teacher. The courses are offered in English

HKU Games and Interaction, HKU Music and Technology, HKU Media

The courses are offered in the areas of games, interactive media, and media and music. Exchange students can either participate in group projects, often brought in by external client institutions from the creative industry, or a programme is designed that is made up, in general of 2nd and 3rd year course modules, depending on the student's level. The courses are taught in Dutch.

* Please note: HKU Games and Interaction, HKU Music and Technology and HKU Media are located in Hilversum, a nearby town. Hilversum can be reached easily by train (in 15 minutes) from Utrecht.

HKU Theatre and HKU Arts & Economics don't offer regular exchange programs

Fin Zhao about the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design

Information and application

A student advisor at the Student Service Centre can answer your questions about the exchange possibilities at HKU.

We can also provide more information about the application procedure and assist you in practical matters.

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