Infection Meets Immunity

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Advanced Master
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This course illustrates the intricate balance between infection and immunity in the human and the animal host. You will meet our local experts, follow lectures at an advanced level, visit our state-of-the-art facilities and go on a field trip to the first Microbe-Zoo in the world. After this course you will be able to relate immunological principles and clinical consequences and will have knowledge about bacterial and viral infectious diseases. We will stress that part of the field where insight in infectious diseases and understanding of the immunological principles is equally important: There where infection meets immunity.

Utrecht University has a very strong and long history in fundamental and translational research on Infection and Immunity; it is home to many worldwide expert research teams in this area. During this course you will meet these experts, senior and young talented people, follow lectures at an advanced level, visit our state-of-the-art facilities and go on a field trip to Micropia-ARTIS, the first Microbe-Zoo, worldwide, in the center of Amsterdam. The Utrecht Medical Students Associastion SAMS offers tours through the University Hospital and our various prestigious medical training facilities. Also a visit to the Veterinary Faculty and their facilities is part of the program.

The course will start by refreshing your knowledge on immunology and microbiology. The subsequent more advanced and specialized lectures will cover topics such as memory in the immune system, immune tolerance, intracellular pathogens, clinical immunology, clinical bacteriology and public health. Furthermore you will gain insight in those areas where infection and immunity meet, such as vaccines and microbial immune evasion. Finally you can apply your knowledge in a scientific debate within our central theme: Infection meets Immunity.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. dr. J.A.G. van Strijp

Course aim

The aim of this course is to familiarize you in depth with the scientific knowledge in the field of Infection and Immunity.

Study load

Two weeks, fulltime course, no homework


Course fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.


A limited number of scholarships for the Infection meets Immunity course are available for non-European participants. The scholarship consists of a fee waiver by the amount of 400 euros. Requests for scholarships should be sent to: AFTER you apply for the course.


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • C.V.
  • Transcript of Grades

More information

PhD program Infection & Immunity

Jolanda van der Hoorn
Phone: 088 75 549 67


Application deadline: 10 August 2020