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UvA students have a number of opportunities to spend part of their studies abroad with faculty or UvA-wide exchange programmes. Do you want to study in Europe? Then the Erasmus programme offers a large number of possibilities. If you want to go to a country or university with which there is no exchange, you have to arrange everything yourself.

For whom and when?

The UvA exchange programmes are open to third-year and higher bachelor and master students, with a full-time enrolment at the UvA.

Bachelor students generally go on exchange in semester 1 of the third year and usually use the selective spce (keuzeruimte/minor) for this. In any case, you must have completed your first year and obtained 120 EC at the time of departure. 

Master students generally go on exchange in the second year of the master, unless they are doing a one-year master. The best period for an exchange depends on the structure of your master's programme. 

Erasmus+ Exchange Programme

If you want to study in Europe, the Erasmus programme of the European Union offers a wide range of possibilities. The programme supports study stays of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 months. As an Erasmus student, you pay tuition fees at the UvA and you do not have to pay tuition fees at the host institution. You will also receive an Erasmus grant. Furthermore, all kinds of things can be arranged in consultation with the partner university, such as a language course and accommodation. 

Global Exchange Programme

The UvA also has agreements with partner universities outside Europe. These agreements and the application process are coordinated within theGlobval Exchange Programme by the International Student Affairs Office. For more infromation go to the Global Exchange Programme

Studying abroad: step-by-step guide

In the step-by-step guide below you can read how to gather information, choose a destination and apply for an exchange programme.

  • Step 2: Choose a destination

    What is the reason you want to go abroad: study a language, discover a city, take specific courses, practice sports? This can help you to make a choice.

    • Study the factsheets per university of the destinations that interest you the most through the Digital World map.
    • Set up a study plan for your stay abroad (check the website of the university abroad for available courses and be flexible).
    • Make an expense budget of the costs (visit Wilweg for an expense budget per country).
    • If necessary, consult the study advisor of your studies for the integration of your experience abroad within your study programme.
  • Step 3: Application & selection
    • Apply for the Erasmus Exchange Programme (inside Europe) through the Faculty of Science Study Abroad Office. You can find the exact application procedure under application. The deadline for the first round is 1 March 2020.
    • Apply for the Global Exchange Programme (outside Europe) through the International Student Affairs Office.  
    • Information about application for other programmes, such as summer programmes, can be found at Short Term.
    • Do you want to study at a university that is not an exchange partner of the UvA? Apply directly at the university. For help and tips come by the Faculty of Science Study Abroad Office.

    After selection

    • Register at the partner university.
    • Attend the pre-departure meeting and the Erasmus grant workshop. Follow the instructions on Canvas to secure your grant.
    • Request ‘approval in advance’ from the Examinations Board before departure for the courses you will be following abroad (check the A-Z list of your study programme).