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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad/EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Europe: Utrecht University
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Program Type:||Third Party Provider||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Housing Options:||Off Campus Apartment|
|Minimum GPA:||3.4||Program Advisor:||Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor|
|Courses Offered:||Accounting, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Childhood Studies, Cognitive Science, Economics, Environmental Geology, Finance, Geological Sciences, Gerontological Studies, International Studies, Management, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Med, Sociology, Undesignated Engineering|
Why EuroScholars UU?
EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. The objectives of this program are to challenge students to conduct original research at the cutting edge of human knowledge and promote interactions with scholars through an immersion in European Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the research environment. As a participant, you will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of your Research Project in a paper of publishable quality, you will also have improved your writing and presentation skills. The participating institutions are research-intensive universities, all internationally recognized for their outstanding research in numerous fields. All participating institutions are ranked in the top 2% of the 4,000 universities throughout Europe.
Located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of Europe’s leading research universities, recognized internationally for its high-quality, innovative approach to both research and teaching. Utrecht University offers a broader spectrum of disciplines than any other university in the Netherlands, counts 7 faculties and some 30,000 students. Founded in 1636, the University has always focused strongly on research. Thanks to its solid basis in discipline-based scholarship, it is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and cultural studies.
The program is especially designed for students who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Supervision will be provided by academic staff, working on and/or responsible for the Research Project. The curriculum will consist of the Research Project (main element), literature review (independent study), elective (if applicable), and a language and culture course at the host university. The main element of the EuroScholars program is the Research Project. When applying to the EuroScholars program, you will select a specific research project from the EuroScholars Research Project Database. Almost all projects are ongoing research projects at the host institution, so as a EuroScholar, you will be an active contributor to an already existing research team. About 175 Research Projects at the 11 partner universities are available, in many fields of study. Projects are available in Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Law, Economics, Management, Politics and Social Studies. The other part of the curriculum is built around the Research Project in dialogue with the supervising professor.
In 2011, Utrecht University again confirmed its reputation as a leading research university. In the Shanghai ranking of the world’s best universities, Utrecht was ranked 48th in the world, 12th in Europe and 1st in the Netherlands. In the Times Higher Education ranking the positions are respectively 68, 18 and 1. The University also obtained an above-average number of research subsidies for individual researchers according to the CHE clustering, and the departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology research programs are considered to be among the best in Europe. In order to preserve the high quality of its research, the University invested in talent and established new collaborative links, both nationally and internationally. In addition, the University developed policy designed to increase focus in its research. Utrecht University incorporates various thematic multi-disciplinary collaborations conducting excellent research. In addition to this, researchers from various disciplines work together on a number of themes within the University’s 15 research focus areas and 4 strategic research themes, Life Sciences, Sustainability, Institutions and Youth & Identity. Utrecht coordinates a wide range of research institutes. The University recently received 3 of the 8 prestigious national grants big research facilities.
Together, Utrecht University and the city of Utrecht create a comfortable environment for students to study in. Utrecht has a bustling student community, which offers plenty of opportunity for extracurricular activities. There are many different student organisations and societies in Utrecht. Some of them are internationally oriented – such as Erasmus Student Network - or are associated with a certain faculty. In addition to social activities, they organise lectures and excursions. Utrecht University has its own cultural centre – Parnassos – which provides you with plenty of opportunities to explore your talents via the performing arts and creative workshops. De Uithof also provides you with excellent sports facilities at Olympos. University College Utrecht and University College Roosevelt both combine the advantages of on-campus life with those of a bustling, lively city. Plenty of on-campus activities (creative, cultural, sports, student gatherings, etc.) are organised. Student organisations play an important role in student life at Utrecht University. There are many student organisations you can join (about 150). Some focus on offering a good time while others centre around a religion, a sport or a shared cultural interest (singing, photography). There are several student organisations that aim to provide all kinds of social activities, including counselling, for the benefit of students from abroad such as International Neighbour Group (ING), an organisation run by volunteers working at or affiliated with the University and it offers assistance and friendship to international visitors.
Living in Utrecht
Living abroad and studying at a different university can be quite an adventure. It can also be a challenge. Utrecht University will be pleased to welcome you as their guest. Utrecht is a lively city in the geographical centre of the Netherlands. With its 300,000 inhabitants, Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and with no less than one sixth of the inhabitants being students, Utrecht is a real student city. In the historic centre you will find excellent museums in a setting of picturesque courtyards, restaurants and delightful little shops. Much of the city’s mediaeval atmosphere can still be felt today in its pattern of streets and alleys. In the summer you can enjoy a drink or a meal at one of many pavement cafés along the streets and canals. Utrecht is also known for its festivals and cultural program. The varied range of large and small theatres in Utrecht will surprise you. Leading theatre groups present plays, opera, dance, musicals and cabaret shows. Utrecht also has many trendy clubs where you can hear the latest hits and see the trendiest fashions. All this together with student societies for every type of student makes the city of Utrecht a very attractive place for all kinds of people, including students.