Social Sciences

Fundamentals of Coaching

Theory and Practice in Experiential learning

This course focuses on the basics of coaching - perfect for those eager to kickstart their learning  journey as coach!

Student fee


Course Level
Advanced Bachelor
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


Whether you're a newbie or just curious, this course is designed for you. Dive into the coaching essentials, learn hands-on, and set off on the path to becoming a certified coach. No prior experience needed, just bring your enthusiasm! Throughout the course, discover the power of supporting and inspiring others, creating meaningful connections and opening up new perspectives.

Having dedicated over two decades to Coaching and training at Utrecht University, we have chosen to distill our expertise into a refined summer school program accessible to all.

Ready to embark on this exciting adventure? Join us in Utrecht this summer and let's create the coaching of magic together! 

Coaching is a skillful profession that demands attention to various aspects simultaneously. This program immerses you in the intricate world of coaching, exploring both the complexities and specific coaching techniques and tools. Engage in hands-on experiences, reflect on personal insights, receive constructive feedback, and integrate theoretical knowledge.

What to expect from this course:

  • Initiate Learning one on one: Acquire coaching skills to launch effective learning for your coachee.
  • Recognize Behavior and Communication Patterns: Develop the ability to spot patterns in behavior and communication, both in yourself and others.
  • Intervene for Behavior Change: Learn techniques to intervene and facilitate positive behavior change.
  • Solution-Focused Approach: Understand the difference between providing solutions and fostering problem-solving skills and autonomy.
  • Self-Discovery for Personal Growth: Gain self-awareness as a coach to empower others to explore new options to their questions.

In the end, this course enables you to become a more proficient professional and effective communicator in your professional and personal life. This course equips you to embark on your coaching career.

This course is intended for:

  • Enthusiastic beginners keen on exploring coaching essentials and Aspiring coaches eager to dive into the fundamentals
  • Individuals with a curiosity for coaching, regardless of prior experience
  • Those seeking to cultivate meaningful connections, inspire positive change


If you've already experienced coaching or are eager to apply coaching skills in a professional context, consider the UU Summer School in Transformational coaching, taking place from August 5 to 9.

After successfully completing the post-course practice to further solidify your skills, you will be a certified Level 1 coach. It ensures a successful start to your coaching journey. This course is offered in partnership with the Online Coaching Academy. Happy coaching!

Target audience

This course is meant for advanced bachelor and master students, and professionals. The maximum number of participants is 30. Participants will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.

Study load

The courses will start at 10.00 hours every day, and end between 15.00 and 16.00 hours. Often, there will be a homework assignment, for which between one to two hours are needed, to prepare for the next day.


  • Course fee: €995.00
  • Student fee: €450.00
  • Included: Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €450
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

The housing costs include housing, plus a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag, for you to keep. This sleeping bag also includes an inflatable pillow and matrass cover. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please contact us, so we can give you a € 50 discount on the housing fee. Please note that you cannot buy individual bedding items.