Before applying for exchange semester, it is important to explore the options available to get a clear picture of what you want. AUC has different types of partners that you can choose from. On this page, you will find the necessary information, which will help you to make a well-informed choice regarding your exchange destination.
AUC students, being both enrolled at both UvA and VU, have the chance to study at three different types of partner institutions:
Amsterdam University College has established exchange agreements with a number of universities from all over the world. International partners have been selected based on ranking, geographical spread, and facilities. In addition, we want to ensure that the selection includes both comprehensive universities and Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges.
Applications for AUC partners are submitted to the AUC International Office and the selection procedure is done by AUC. AUC students compete for spots only against other AUC students. For more information about AUC partners, the selection requirements and procedure, please visit the AUC Study Abroad Canvas page.
These are universities that UvA has a university-wide exchange agreement with via the Global Exchange programme. The spots at these universities are not specifically reserved for AUC students. Applications are submitted to the UvA and AUC students compete against all other UvA students for a spot. The selection procedure is done by the International Student Affairs Office of the UvA Before applying for an exchange to a UvA partner, students need to make sure that they meet the AUC requirements for studying abroad. The terms and conditions for studying abroad are made explicit in the AUC AS&P. Please visit the AUC Study Abroad Canvas page for more information about the selection criteria.
These are universities that UvA has a university-wide exchange agreement with, but a select number of spots are reserved especially for AUC students. Applications for AUC partners are submitted to the UvA and AUC selects nominees for the quota spots. If an AUC student does get selected for an AUC spot, then they are still entered into the general pool of UvA candidates and may be nominated by the UvA for one of the UvA university-wide spots
These are universities that the VU has exchange agreements with on a faculty level. The partners that are open to AUC students are all in Europe and referred to as Erasmus partners. Applications are submitted through VUnet and the selection procedure is carried out by the International Office of the VU. AUC students compete with VU students for a spot. Before applying for an exchange to a VU partner, students need to make sure that they meet the AUC requirements for studying abroad. The terms and conditions for studying abroad are made explicit in the AUC AS&P. Please visit the AUC Study Abroad Canvas page for more information about the selection criteria.
Although you generally will not be able to apply for scholarships and grants for your study abroad until you have officially been accepted by your host university, it is worthwhile to explore the various types of funds that might be available to you as soon as possible. Studying abroad often costs more than studying in the Netherlands. The tuition you pay will remain the same, but you will most likely run into extra costs for travel, housing, trips and leisure. Even if you expect to have sufficient funds, we advise you to explore applying for funds and grants to help finance your study abroad, since there are some very unique scholarships (for example for Dutch Frisians) that may not be so competitive.
To get a good idea of what life costs at your study abroad destination, take a look at this tool. It compares the cost of living in (e.g.) Amsterdam to almost all study abroad destinations.
If you apply for an Erasmus exchange, you may be eligible for an allowance for the extra costs for living and travel expenses during your stay abroad: the Erasmus+ Grant. With an application for an Erasmus+ Exchange you are automatically also applying for an Erasmus+ Grant.