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Broaden your horizon in the Humanities

Are you interested in pushing your boundaries? Studying at an international university will enrich your time spent studying and give you an experience you won't forget! Immerse yourself in a different culture, learn a new language and gather inspiration for your future academic career. Return home after having gained new, international friendships, academic contacts and an important addition to your CV.

Exchange programmes first semester 2021-2022

In April, the Executive Board decided to cancel all exchanges for 2021-2022 due to the corona crisis. Recently, the Board decided - under a number of conditions - to allow the physical exchange programmes to continue in semester 1 of academic year 2021-2022.

Denise van Wanrooij
Copyright: Eduard Lampe
You will not only learn a lot about the people over there, but also about yourself. For instance, I now have a much better idea of what I would like to do in the future, and this experience has really increased my passion for Spanish. Denise van Wanrooij about her exchange at the University of Valencia


In the second or third year of your Bachelor's, or during your Master's, Humanities students can go on exchange for a semester or for an entire academic year. The European Union's Erasmus programme offers you a large scope of opportunities within Europe. As an Erasmus student, you will pay tuition to the UvA and will not be obliged to pay tuition to your host university. You will also receive a monthly allowance. Other matters, such as a language course or housing can be arranged with the partner university. All the ins and outs of the Erasmus exchange can be found on this page.

Global Exchange

The UvA also has agreements with partner universities outside of Europe. These destinations (and the admission procedures) are coordinated via the Global Exchange Programme. You will find all associated information there. 

Horizon fund

Did you know that as a Faculty of Humanities student, you can also apply for a grant if you are going abroad, other than the Erasmus grant? The Horizon fund has been set up specifically for students who have not yet received a grant from the European Union, but who do wish to study abroad, do research, visit a conference or take part in a study trip. 

Studying abroad: step-by-step guide

In order to familiarise yourself with the options both inside and outside of Europe, please read the general step-by-step guide concerning studying abroad carefully.

  • Step 1: Gather information
    • Read this website carefully, and check out the Digital World Map in order to familiarise yourself with the destinations that have caught your eye.
    • Check out the websites of host universities as well as funding institutions such as Erasmus+ (for exchanges within Europe).
    • Attend the UvA Study Abroad Fair and other informative events and workshops (check out the events calendar).
    • Contact (international) exchange students about their experiences abroad. Request contact details at the International Office Humanities and Erasmus Student Network Amsterdam (ESN).
    • Stop by the International Office Humanities for more information.
  • Step 3: Application & admission
    • Register via the International Office Humanities for an exchange programme within Europe (Erasmus). The exact application procedure and deadlines can be found by visiting application.
    • Register for an exchange programme outside of Europe (Global Exchange) via the Global Exchange Programme website.
    • Register for other programmes or funds. Consult for more information.

    After admission

    • Enrol at your host university.
    • Visit the pre-departure meeting and the workshop surrounding your Erasmus grant request. Follow the instructions on Canvas to secure your grant. 
    • Request 'pre-emptive approval' from your programme's Examinations Board for the courses you wish to take abroad.

Information meetings

On 30 October 2021 the annual Study Abroad Fair will take place (virtually). Are you interested in studying at an international university? Or still in doubt as to which host university to choose? Then visit the Humanities Information session on 30 October! 

Advice per study programme

Each study programme has its own Academic Study Abroad Adviser, who can provide more information about the academic aspects of studying abroad, such as interesting partner universities, specialisations and how to fit courses taken abroad in one's study programme. 

The Academic Study Abroad Adviser also signs the Academic Approval form. Keep in mind that your adviser might be busy. Therefore, ask your adviser for the signature well in advance of the deadline.