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University of Humanistic Studies

Located at the heart of the medieval city centre of Utrecht, the University of Humanistic Studies is a small denominational university that is explicitly inspired by humanist traditions.

The research and education focus on contemporary issues concerning meanings of life and worldviews, and on building a humane society.

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. Currently around 550 regular students are enrolled at the University in a Bachelor, Master or pre-Master programme of Humanistic Studies, or in the Master programme of Care Ethics and Policy which was launched in September 2013. These programmes are (so far) largely offered in Dutch. Some courses are taught in English.

Humanistic Studies is a multidisciplinary science that draws on various disciplines that are used in conjunction whenever appropriate. These disciplines are philosophy, ethics, psychology, education, sociology, history, religious studies, and philosophy of science and scientific methodology.

Graduates find jobs in diverse sectors of society. They work as a coach or humanist counsellor in care institutions, the army or the penitentiary sector, or as teachers of worldviews and morality, or sociology. Many also work as a consultant, policy worker or researcher in civic, academic and commercial organisations or in policy-making institutions.

In addition to the regular education programmes, the University also offers doctorate programmes in the Graduate School.

The Practice Centre of Meanings of Life & Profession offers specialised trainings and performs commissioned research for professionals.


Kromme Nieuwegracht 29
3512 HD Utrecht

e: info@uvh.nl
t: 030-239 01 00
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