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Utrecht University

Utrecht University (UU) is an international research university, for many years occupying high positions in international rankings such as the Shanghai Ranking and the Times Higher Ranking. With almost 30,000 students, over 6,700 staff, and an annual budget of 810 million euros (2019), Utrecht University is one of the largest general research universities in Europe. 3 institutions within Utrecht University take part in the GALA network: School of Liberal Arts, and namely its Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) programme and Language and Culture Studies (TCS), University College Utrecht (UCU) and University College Roosevelt (UCR).


Liberal Arts and Sciences

The bachelor’s degree programme Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is hosted by the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University. LAS is a non-selective university-wide program designed for Dutch students with a broad academic interest. LAS shares its educational concept with University College Utrecht (UCU) and University College Roosevelt (UCR), but there are also important differences. UCU and UCR are selective honours programs. LAS attracts talented students as well, but it is essentially an open access program. Prospective students are required to participate in an intake procedure before they can enter the program. Their entrance is the result of self-selection. Courses at UU are taught in Dutch and in English. More important, perhaps, is that the LAS curriculum consists mainly (but not exclusively!) of courses coordinated by other schools of Utrecht University. As we offer more than 125 general education courses and specializations within 40 programs, the LAS interdisciplinary core promotes integrative and interdisciplinary learning. It consists of four courses and a reflective electronic portfolio. LAS attracts roughly 225 first-year students.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Iris van der Tuin, i.vandertuin@uu.nl

Language and Culture Studies
The bachelor’s degree in Language and Culture Studies (TCS, in Dutch) was launched in 1985, making it the oldest broad-based humanities degree programme in the Netherlands. Students combine courses from the wider field of the humanities, gaining knowledge of languages, media, history and art. Throughout the programme attention is paid to the social relevance of theoretical insights from language and cultural studies. Students also familiarise themselves with different career perspectives, for example through research internships and by taking compulsory courses on practical applications of the humanities.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Berteke Waaldijk, m.l.waaldijk@uu.nl

Utrecht University College

University College Utrecht (UCU) provides English-language Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate education. Founded in 1998, as the first university college in the Netherlands, we are part of Utrecht University. Our campus is home to 750 students with 70 different nationalities. We encourage our students to explore and design their individual curriculum cross-cutting Science, Social Sciences and Humanities, and to engage in extra-curricular activities. At University College Utrecht, students learn for life.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. James Kennedy, J.C.Kennedy@uu.nl

University College Roosevelt
University College Roosevelt (UCR) is above all a University, proud to offer a Liberal Arts and Sciences program with over 200 high-quality courses that not only provide a unique educational experience but also prepare students for top master programs all over the world. But we’re also a College, a small and tight-knit academic community of 600 students and dedicated faculty and staff, with a residential campus and a very active student body. The Roosevelt part points at the fundamental values in the field of global citizenship that were formulated by Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that we seek to foster and strengthen amongst our students and faculty from all over the world.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Bert van den Brink, B.vandenBrink@uu.nl


Areas of interest for collaboration:

  • Global Citizenship
  • Integrated learning
  • New humanities
  • Social and cultural entrepreneurship
  • Student mobility

We are interested in shared teaching, collaborative research and/or staff/student mobility with GALA partners.

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