HKU offers a wide variety of bachelor and master courses in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction, arts education and arts management.

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HKU offers a wide variety of bachelor and master courses in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction, arts education and arts management.

As an exchange student you can take part in the courses offered in the bachelor programmes. In general, exchange possibilities are available in the 2nd and/or 3rd year of the study program. The Utrecht Conservatory also welcomes students in the Master of Music programme.

Course Catalogue

The ECTS course catalogue is intended for exchange students and international partner institutions. It contains information about the available courses as well as information about the administrative process and practical matters, before, during and after the exchange period.

Click here to view the course catalogue.

Erasmus +

HKU participates in Erasmus+, the EU's programme for education, training, youth and sport and has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 (ECHE).

Read more about Erasmus+

Exchange Courses

Application Procedure

To apply for an international exchange to HKU University of the Arts Utrecht you follow an online procedure. This procedure is outlined for you on this page.
  • 1. Application deadlines

    First semester (Sept.-Dec/Jan.): 15 April.

    Second semester (Feb.-June): 1 October.

    HKU Utrechts Conservatorium has one deadline for both semesters: 1 May.

    In order to apply, your home university must have an (Erasmus) bilateral exchange agreement with HKU.

    2. Nomination

    You must be nominated via email- preferably latest one week before the application deadline - by the exchange coordinator of your home institution before you can start the online application tool.

    The following information is required:

    • Name student

    • E-mail address

    • Study programme at home institution

    • Study programme at HKU

    • Current year of studies

    • Desired exchange period (1st semester/2nd semester/whole academic year)

    3. Online exchange application

    Go to Osiris International Office Application and create an account.
    Complete and submit your application. After submitting your application you must confirm your account. You will be notified of this via an automatically generated e-mail.

    After we receive your application it will be checked for completeness. You will be notified via a system e-mail if there is anything missing.

    You can start your online application from:

    • 15 March for the first semester or whole academic year and for students applying to HKU Utrechts Conservatorium.

    • 15 August for the second semester.

    Please note!

    All students should choose request 'Exchange students from partner institutions'.

    Only applicants for HKU Art and Economics, should choose request

    'Exchange students for Art and Economics'.

    • HKU does not accept EASY applications for HKU Utrechts Conservatorium.

    4. Selection procedure

    When your application is complete, it will be forwarded for selection to the HKU department. About six weeks after the application deadline you and your exchange coordinator will be notified by e-mail whether you are accepted or not.

    5. After acceptance

    The confirmation e-mail contains practical information regarding you exchange period in Utrecht.

    Students with disabilities.

    If you have a disability, you can request adjustments or extra provisions to support your means of studying.

  • The following documents are required as digital attachments to your application. All documents should be uploaded as pdf-files.

    • Letter of motivation
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Letter of recommendation, not applicable to Art and Economics applicants
    • Transcript of records with grades and credit information from home institution
    • Scanned copy of your passport or European i.d. card
    • A passport size photograph (jpg or jpeg, file size: 3x4 cm, min. 200 pixels, max. 50 kb size).
    • Portfolio of your work or recordings (see requirements below), not applicable to Art and Economics applicants.
  • A portfolio should be a collection of your best and most recent work. It is a crucial part of your application. The portfolio helps HKU evaluate your achievements and potential and represents your view of yourself and your work.


    The digital portfolio (PDF or link to website) should include fifteen to twenty photos or slides. Fewer pieces might not offer an accurate assessment of your potential.


    • Music - upload an audio/visual recording or a YouTube link.
    • Theatre - upload a statement with an explanation of your educational goals for your exchange period.

    NB the maximum size of your digital portfolio is 200 MB.

Practical information

  • The campus system does not exist in the Netherlands. Students find rooms all over the city in student houses or as tenants. HKU has made arrangements with SSH for exchange students, a student housing agency in Utrecht.

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  • Once you have been admitted to a course at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, you may need to arrange your visa and/or residence permit. Which documents you will need to live and study in the Netherlands depends on your nationality. Please note, this only applies to exchange students with a Non-EU nationality.

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  • Before you come to the Netherlands, it is important to make sure that you have made arrangements to be properly insured for medical costs.

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  • At HKU the first semester runs from the first week of September through the end of January. Except at HKU Fine Art where the first semester continues until the end of December.

    The second semester is from first week of February until the end of June.

    Academic year 2022-2023

    First semester: 5 September 2022 - 3 February 2023
    Second semester: 6 February 2023- 30 June 2023

    These are the general semester dates. The precise start and end dates differ per course and will be communicated to you after acceptance.

  • Different schools at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht use different grading methods.

    HKU grading scales

    Alphanumeric 1 Alphanumeric 2 Numeric 1 (whole numbers) Numeric 2 (decimals)
    P : Pass VG: Very Good 10: Outstanding See Numeric 1. Decimals used, e.g. 1,0 - 1,1 - 1,2 until 10,0
    F : Fail G: Good 9: Excellent
    P: Pass 8: Good
    F: Fail 7: Satisfactory
    6: Sufficient
    1-5: Fail

    HKU grading system

    The final assessment of a module is a Pass or a Fail, whether or not it is defined in a numerical grade. HKU has four grading scales that are used according to the content of module.

    Grading scale(s) used per HKU school:

    HKU Arts and Economics: Numeric 1

    HKU Fine Art: Alphanumeric 1

    HKU Design: Alphanumeric 1 and 2

    HKU Games and Interaction: Alphanumeric 2 and Numeric 2

    HKU Media: Alphanumeric 1 and 2, Numeric 1

    HKU Music and Technology: Alphanumeric 1 and 2, Numeric 1 and 2

    HKU Theatre: Alphanumeric 1 and 2

    HKU Utrechts Conservatorium: Alphanumeric 1 and 2, Numeric 1 and 2

    HKU seminars use all four grading scales according to the content of the module.

    HKU credit system

    The 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.

    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.


    All programmes are characterised by a balanced combination of taught elements and project-based work. In assessment of the art based projects it is not only the result that counts. The individual working process and the artistic development of the student, the decisions that have been made, the explanation and reflection on these decisions are of equal importance. The formative assessment process will take this into account through its emphasis on evidence of a reflective process as well as completed artefacts.

    The intended learning outcomes - in addition to the individual one’s formulated by the student themselves - are specified in the module descriptors. These detail aims, objectives and learning outcomes and assessment evidence. The outcome for each module is determined on a summative judgement of all the assessment criteria and the level at which they have been met. Assessment guidelines to specifying the procedures and criteria for of assessment are detailed in the Assessment Plan of the school or programme.

    The application of module assessment criteria to work submitted for individual units, involves the careful and considered professional judgement of academic staff. The Boards of Examiners monitors the overall quality of assessment.

  • Almost all HKU bachelor courses are taught in Dutch. Exchange students may attend and will be supervised in English.

    As an exchange student you should realise that you will be in a Dutch speaking environment. Although most Dutch speak excellent English, being able to speak and/or understand some of our language will greatly improve the quality of your time here.

    Dutch language course

    Erasmus Student Network Utrecht offers a Dutch language course on beginner's and intermediate level.

    Read more about these courses and other options to learn Dutch.

  • There are various ways of integrating into the Utrecht student life. You can join a student organisation and/or find a Dutch buddy to help you along. Some suggestions are:

    Erasmus Student Network organises activities such as sporting events, theme and international parties, excursions and city trips. They also offer a mentor system linking a group of international students to a Dutch student.

    Read more about ESN

    Buddy Go Dutch helps international students meet Dutch people and vice versa. They provide a personal buddy program for Dutch students and international students from all over the globe.

    HKU Service Desk Student Affairs has put some useful information together about living in Utrecht.
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  • Guidance during your study

    At times during your studies you might need some guidance. Here is an overview of the possibilities that HKU offers.

End of exchange period

When your exchange period is coming to an end, there are certain matters you should consider.

Transcript of records

We will send you and your home institution a HKU transcript of records by email after finishing your exchange period.

    • Deregistration Dutch address

    If you stayed longer than 4 months, you have officially registered at the city hall. Now you must also deregister.

    Did you live in Utrecht? Please check with Gemeente Utrecht how you can cancel your registration. Living in another city? Please contact the local city hall about how to deregister.

    • Room

    Please check your rental contract about how to leave your room, return the key and, if applicable, get your deposit back.

    • Dutch bank account

    If you have opened a Dutch bank account, please check the regulations of the bank how to close your account.

    • Insurance

    Check with your insurance company if you are insured for your journey home.

    • Discount card railways

    If you have applied for a discount card (season ticket NS), please don't forget to cancel your card.

    • VVR expiration date

    The residence permit for study is valid for the duration of your exchange period (with the option of an extra 3 months to round off your study). After your exchange period HKU communicates the end date of your course to the IND.

    • Residence card

    Your residence document is the property of the Dutch government. Therefore, you must return your residence document before you leave The Netherlands. Please check the IND website how to return your VVR card.


A student advisor at the Service Desk Student Affairs 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. Please contact the service desk via or +31(0)30-2091549.