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.
The University of Amsterdam has cancelled all exchange programmes of academic year 2020-2021 due to COVID-19. In the spring of 2021 a decision will be made on the continuation of the exchange programmes in 2021-2022. For now we are continuing with the information sessions and applications for exchanges in the academic year 2021-2022.
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.
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.
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
In the step-by-step guide below you can read how to gather information, choose a destination and apply for an exchange programme. In this step-by-step guide we refer to the sub paragraphs of this webpage (navigation menu on the left).
When you start your search for a suitable university, it is best to think about your goal for studying abroad. Do you want to follow specific courses, learn a new language, build a network, prepare for a future career abroad? With this in mind you can best start your orientation by reading the information on this website carefully. Make sure to consider:
Choose a university
Do you still need to narrow down the list? Make sure to read the student testimonials on the uva.nl/worldmap. Additionally you can get in touch with the UvA Exchange Ambassadors through instagram.com/uvaexchange or facebook.com/uvaexchange. If you still have questions the Study Abroad Office, Faculty of Science can help you further.
Once you have a few destinations in mind, research which courses you can take at each partner university to help you narrow down the list (through uva.nl/worldmap and the partners' website). You can best select 4-5 preferred courses as well as some back up courses. Be flexible when selecting courses as they might change in the next academic calendar.
If necessary, consult the study advisor of your study programme to discuss how to integrate your courses abroad into your UvA studies.
Once you have decided where you want to go on exchange, you need to apply at the UvA. Keep in mind that there are different deadlines for the Erasmus+ and the Global Exchange Programmes!
Please note! When you are selected for a UvA exchange programme, the UvA will nominate you with the partner university. See step 4.
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 you can always contact the Study Abroad Office, Faculty of Science .
The UvA has selected/placed your for a spot in the exchange programme. What's next?
The UvA will nominate you with the partner university. Once the nomination is accepted, the partner university will contact you to start the application procedure. They will inform you what documents you need to hand in for the application (e.g. grade list, proof of language proficiency, etc.), how to select courses and also how to deal with practical matters (visa, housing, etc.). Pay attention to the partner university’s deadlines!
Course approval by Examinations Board
Once you have made your final course selection and the courses have been approved by the host university, make sure to have the courses approved by the Examinations Board (more information can be found on After Selection - Course approval). Make sure you request course approval with the Examinations Board before your departure.
Financial and practical matters
If you are applying for funding make sure to do so at least 6 months before departure as the various grants will have different deadlines. For more information go to Study Abroad - Financial matters.
Study Abroad - Practical matters.
UvA Pre-departure event & Canvas
The UvA will organize a pre-departure event where we will give you some important and useful information, and where you can meet fellow UvA students going to the same partner university as well as incoming exchange students.
The UvA will add you to a Canvas Exchange Programme page where you can get in touch with UvA students going to the same partner university and where you can find relevant documents for finalizing your exchange process.
Time to go on exchange! We hope you have an interesting study period and some fun!
Approval of credits
Submit your official transcript of records from the partner university to the Study Abroad Office, Faculty of Science to have your courses and credits registered. More information on this can be found on Canvas, in due time.
Finalising the Erasmus+ grant
Make sure to finalise all matters concerning your Erasmus+ Grant as soon as possible (fill out the Erasmus report, Statement of host institution, etc.). More information on this can be found on Canvas, in due time.
Share your experiences with other students
Your personal experiences as an exchange student are very valuable for informing the new generation of exchange students! Make sure to contact the Study Abroad Office, Faculty of Science if you are interested in sharing your experiences during Study Abroad information sessions to help prospective exchange students prepare for their exchange.