Do you want to study abroad? Are you looking to extend your horizon? Experience an unforgettable adventure? Sample a new language, culture and country? Get a leg up on job competitors who haven't spent any time abroad? If so, you have every reason to study abroad! In the third year of their Bachelor's programme, College Social Sciences students can study abroad for a semester or an entire academic year and earn their elective credits at a partner university in another country. To familiarise yourself with what studying in another country entails, we recommend that you start by reading the general step-by-step instructions for studying abroad.
Students of the College Social Science have the possibility to do 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 the Erasmus + programme. 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, Social Sciences students have the possibility to do a minor or electives for a maximum of 30 EC abroad. If you are not able 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 and discuss the courses that you are interested in.
We advise you to start preparing for your study abroad/exchange programme timely, which is approximately one year ahead.
Please note that should you select a university with which the central organization of the UvA or the College Social Sciences in particular has an agreement for exchange. If the UvA or the College Social Sciences does 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 International Office Social Sciences.
If you are interested in an exchange period at a university within the EU, the Erasmus exchange programme offers a lot of possibilities.
The first application deadline for Erasmus exchange is the 1st of March and the second application deadline is the 15th of June.
Besides 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.
'During my Erasmus exchange, I experienced some very remarkable moments and was able to share them with so many great new people. I look back on my time in Prague as quite intense: you're spending 24 hours a day with the same group of people, which creates a bond between you really quickly. This situation teaches you so much about different cultures and customs – and helps you to understand yourself much better as well. Who am I today and what is my perspective on life? The experience is also good for developing your critical thinking and self-reliance. Erasmus is intended to promote European integration and, in my case, it absolutely did. I truly believe that an Erasmus exchange is highly valuable; it's something I think everyone should consider!'
(Joost Nussy, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning student, talking about his exchange period at Charles University Prague)
At http://www.svsarphati.nl/uitwisseling-ervaring-van-sarphatianen.html, you can read more experiences from Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning students who are or were studying abroad.