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FNWI (Faculty of Science) students have the the possibility to do a part of their studies abroad. You can do this through the UvA Global Exchange Programme or by taking part in a faculty exchange programme such as Erasmus. If you are a regular full-time UvA student then you are welcome to make use of this inspiring opportunity.

What is the best period to do an exchange?

The best period for an exchange is the third year of your Bachelor programme. During the third year FNWI students have the room to do a minor or electives for a maximum of 30 EC. If you miss the opportunity to go on exchange during the third year of your bachelor programme, you can also opt to go abroad at a later stage.

In any case you are advised to make an appointment with your academic study advisor when you have plans to go abroad on an exchange programme. Together with your study advisor you can choose the best period for continuing your studies at a chosen university abroad.

In all circumstances you are advised to start preparing for your study abroad/exchange programme timely, that is approximately one year ahead. 


Please note that should you select a university with which the central organization of the UvA or the FNWI in particular have an agreement for mutual exchange. If the UvA or the FNWI do not have an agreement with the university of your choice, you will have to organize your study abroad plans by yourself, that is, without the help of the UvA. If you have any questions about such an exchange, you can always contact the  exchange coordinator of the FNWI.

Studying within Europe: Erasmus exchange programme

If you are interested in an exchange period at a university within the EU, the Erasmus exchange programme offers a lot of possibilities.

  • The Erasmus programme supports your stay abroad for a minimum period of 3 months and a maximum period of 12 months.
  • As an Erasmus student you will have to pay the Dutch statutory tuition fee for full-time students to the UvA. You will not have to pay any tuition fee to your host university.
  • You will receive a monthly allowance; please see Practical Matters for more information.
  • Together with the partner universities with whom the UvA has an exchange agreement arrangements can be made for organizing a language course for you or helping you out with finding accommodation, acknowledgement of credits obtained abroad and other matters.

The application deadline for Erasmus exchange is 1 March.

Studying outside Europe: Global Exchange programme

Next to the Erasmus programme, you can opt for an exchange programme within the framework of a mutual exchange between the UvA and another international university from outside Europe.

For more information about the Global Exchange programme, please follow the link below.


Global Exchange Programme