Are you a student of Psychology and interested in studying abroad? Extending your horizons? Would you like to have an unforgettable time? Get a taste of a new language, culture and country? Do you want to be one step ahead of applicants who have no experience abroad? Then choose to do an exchange abroad!
There are a number of possibilities for students to follow part of their studies abroad with faculty or UvA-wide exchange programmes. For students who want to study in Europe, the Erasmus programme of the European Union offers a wide range of possibilities. If you want to go to a country or university with which there is no exchange, you have to arrange everything yourself.
All exchanges are intended for full-time students enrolled at the University of Amsterdam. Psychology students usually go on exchange in their third bachelor year or at the beginning of a fourth year. Psychology students that started their programme in 2019-2020 or later can specifically use their Optional Course Profile (year 3, semester 2) for an exchange. It is a good idea to start the preparation about a year in advance.
The Psychology department has made agreements with more than twenty partner institutions in Europe about student exchange within the framework of the Erasmus programme.
For students who want to study in Europe, this Erasmus programme of the European Union offers a large number of possibilities. The programme supports study stays of a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months. As an Erasmus student, you pay tuition fees at the University of Amsterdam and you do not have to pay tuition fees at the host institution. You will also receive an Erasmus grant. For more information about the Erasmus programme and the scholarship, see the link below.
Finally, all kinds of practical matters can be arranged with the partner university, such as a language course, assistance in finding accommodation and the recognition of the foreign credits.
In addition to the exchange programme from the faculty/department (Erasmus), students in Psychology also have the opportunity to study at a partner university outside of Europe. These destinations are coordinated within the university-wide exchange programme, the Global Exchange Programme, by the International Student Affairs Office (BIS) of the University of Amsterdam. For a full description of all UvA-wide agreements, deadlines and for the latest information, please refer to the Global Exchange Programme section. A step-by-step plan for exchange can also be found on this website.
If you have any questions about this, please contact the contact person internationalisation Psychology.
In addition to participating in an exchange, there are other options for spending a (short) period abroad during your studies.
If you do not want or are unable to make use of the available exchange programmes, you can also go to a foreign university as a so-called 'free mover' or 'independent student'. A disadvantage is that you have to arrange everything yourself, especially with regard to the recognition of credits. In addition, the study costs are often higher because you do not receive an exemption from tuition fees abroad. For more information or questions, please contact the contact person internationalisation Psychology.
Of course it is also possible to do a (research) internship abroad. This is especially an option during the master's programme. For more information, please contact the contact person internationalisation Psychology. General information and tips can be found on the Internship page.
Short programmes abroad
If you prefer not to go abroad for an entire semester, you can also choose to apply for a Summer School, a Student Conference or a language course. More information can be found under Short Term.
Perhaps you are thinking about taking a master's programme abroad after your bachelor's degree in Psychology. For more information, see Master Abroad.