HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, Bachelor and Master programs and research degrees in fine art, design, media, games and interaction, music, theatre and arts management. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe.


Global Exchange School
  • Utrecht, Netherlands

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

February — June

Fall Semester

September — January

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Apparel Design
  • Architecture
  • Film/Animation/Video
  • Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Exchange Website + Courses
University Website
Housing Information

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • Dutch
  • English

Some English instruction

About HKU


HKU offers a wide variety of Bachelor's-level courses in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction, arts education and arts management. As an exchange student you will take part in the courses offered in the Bachelor's programs. Each course has defined specific semester(s) in which exchange students can enroll.

The Bachelor course Spatial Design is taught in Dutch and exchange students are supervised in English. This is also the case with the Integral Design Project in which students work autonomously on the project and are guided on an individual basis. Spatial Design regularly receives exchange students and has experience with the integration of exchange students in this semester.

During the exchange period students get a buddy who will help them finding their way in the curriculum & school and, if necessary, will translate the essentials of supporting classes/workshops.

Department Eligibility

Our partnered RISD departments may apply to HKU for the following semesters only:

  • Apparel (Spring)
  • Architecture (Spring)
  • Film/Animation/Video (IMT focus - Fall/ AV focus - Spring)
  • Illustration (Fall)
  • Graphic Design (Fall)
  • Photography (Spring)
  • Sculpture (Fall/Spring)


Almost all HKU Bachelor's-level courses are taught in Dutch language. Exchange students may attend and will be supervised in English. Although most Dutch people speak excellent English, for a successful exchange at least basic Dutch language skills are recommended.

HKU offers a Dutch language course in Fall, starting in the second week of September. It is a basic level course of 10 lessons and is especially designed for HKU students.

Academic Credits

HKU utilizes the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to award academic credit for coursework. For transfer to RISD, 2ECTS is equivalent to 1 RISD credit.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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