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Our university

The University of Humanistic Studies is an independent, government-funded university. Inspired by the worldviews and traditions of humanism. Our research focuses on public problems with a normative component, oriented towards building humane societies in which all people can lead meaningful lives. 


Our university is located in a historic building in the centre of Utrecht, a dynamic environment with ambiance and atmosphere. The university's small scale creates a personal working and study atmosphere. Critical education and personal training go hand in hand in our study programmes. Our approximately 550 students appreciate this. We are proud to score high in the National Student Survey every year.

Education

The University offers a Bachelor's degree in Humanistic Studies. Students can also choose between a Master’s degree in Humanistic Studies and a Master's degree in Care Ethics and Policy. These programmes are mostly offered in Dutch. Some of the courses are offered in English and together they form an interesting Bachelor's and Master's  Exchange programme that is accessible for exchange students. The exchange courses are offered in the first semester.


The University of Humanistic Studies also participates in an Erasmus Strategic Partnership on education and intercultural citizenship for master and PhD students from all over Europe. The programme is called ‘Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship Education’ (EDIC+). 


Furthermore, our graduate school offers a PhD-programme in English.


Our academic programmes are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders. 

Research

Research at the University of Humanistic Studies is inspired by the worldviews and traditions of humanism.  The central question is: How do we optimise opportunities for people to live a dignified and meaningful life in a just and caring society? 


Our research programme is carried out by five chair groups that are responsible for various research projects. You can read about our research in various types of publications. Perhaps you would like to work with us? Find an employee or read more about collaboration.

Organisation

The Netherlands is home to 13 state-funded research universities and an open university for distance learning. In addition, the state supports four denominational universities, of which the University of Humanistic Studies is one. The University of Humanistic Studies is registered as a public interest institution (‘algemeen nut beogende instelling’, or ANBI). Read more about our background & history, organisation and collaboration.

The University of Humanistic Studies is an independent, government-funded university. Inspired by the worldviews and traditions of humanism.