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Frequently asked questions

On this page you will find answers to the frequently asked questions.

  • Why participate in an exchange?

    Would you like to expand your horizon? Would you like to experience an amazing time? Would you like to discover a new language, new culture and new country? Would you like to discover a new environment? Have a plus on your CV compared to other students without an experience abroad? If so, choose for an exchange abroad!

    The Nuffic provides five reasons to convince you to go on an exchange abroad:

    1. It is great for your personal development

    To study, do an internship or a gap year abroad is an exciting adventure. You have to arrange a lot of different things and manage yourself in a new environment. But after your experience abroad you will come back as a stronger, independent and wiser person. Research shows that people who have lived abroad for a while are better at coming up with creative solutions.

    2. You learn international skills

    During your stay abroad you will get to know another world. You not only become more aware of yourself and your own culture, but also of the culture of the country. You become more flexible in dealing with other people and more open towards others. These skills are not only useful in daily life now, but also once you work in an international environment or work together with colleagues with different backgrounds.

    3. It looks good on your CV

    With an experience abroad on your CV you distinguish yourself from other applicants. Students with an experience abroad on their CV will find a good job easier and are more satisfied with their job in general. During your stay abroad, you build a network that can be very useful if you want to work in an international environment.

    4. It is an unique experience

    Going abroad offers a lot of new opportunities. For example, you can follow courses that are not offered in the Netherlands. Or study at a highly ranked institution in your field of studies. You learn to approach issues from an international context and you get a broader view of your field of studies. And in addition to all of this, it provides a unique opportunity to learn a new language.

    5. You will be able to experience a wonderful time

    During your gap year, study or internship abroad you will get to know many new people and get to know a different world. Not as a tourist who is visiting a country, but as an inhabitant of the country. Once you have a job, a house and other obligations, you will no longer be able to go abroad for a longer period. So now is the time and grab your chance!


  • Where to go on an exchange semester abroad?
    • Which languages do you master (B2 level)?
    • What are the courses that you are interested in? Which specific topic interests you? What matches your studies and/or your future plans? Which courses are you able to select at which partner?
    • What are the partners that you are admissible for based on the language, level of education and GPA requirements?
    • Financing your stay abroad: What is your budget?
  • Where to start?

    1) Discuss your study abroad plans with the study advisor of your programme. This way you can find out what the best period is for you to go on an exchange, which courses you are able to select during your exchange and know what the mandatory courses are that you should have completed before you can go on exchange.

    2) Look at the different destinations on the worldmap:;

    3) Look at the partnerships within your faculty and programme;

    4) Decide whether you want to go on an exchange within or outside of Europe;

    5) Make a top 10 for yourself taken in consideration the points mentioned above (language/finance/eligibility)

  • When can I start to apply?

    On the study abroad website you will find the online registration form where you can apply. The application portal opens on 1 December 2020. The first deadline (for semesters 1 and 2 of the following academic year) is March 1. The second deadline is June 15th (for semester 2, and for the places that remain, of the following academic year only).

  • What happens after I submit my application form?

    The study abroad committee will assess your file. Within a few weeks after the stated deadline, you will hear the results. You will also receive more information about the partner university and the application procedure at the partner institution.

  • Which languages are required when I go on an exchange?

    It is important that you first have a look at the website of the partner university to see which language requirements are required and whether a language certificate is required. It might be that the language requirements are also different per program within a university. It is important that you are well informed about the language requirements as it is the student's responsibility to meet the requested requirements.

  • What should I do after receiving my acceptance letter?

    After receiving your letter of acceptance, you will need to start with all the practical preparations. Preparations like renting out your house, making sure you have the right insurance, finding a place to live in the country where you will study and gathering all necessary information about what you need to prepare before your departure. Make a checklist for yourself which can help you organize your preparations.

  • Do I need a visa?

    Students with a European nationality would need a visa to live and study in another EU country. If you have a different nationality, it is useful to contact the embassy of the country where you are going to exchange.

  • What are the costs of an exchange semester abroad?

    If you go on an exchange, you do not pay tuition fees to the partner university but you continue to pay your tuition fees to the UvA. The other costs per semester depend on the destination of your exchange. Housing is an important expense and this can vary per city and country. Make sure you do proper research and are aware of the costs per semester. It would be wise to make a budget for yourself. Often there is also information about the monthly costs on the website of the partner university under for example "living expenses". You can also search the internet for "cost of living" in a city. Or you can contact international students from the city where you want to go for an exchange or see if you can get in touch with UvA students who have already been to the same destination for an exchange semester.

  • How can I arrange my accommodation during my exchange?

    Ask the partner institution for help finding accommodation. You can contact international students from the city where you want to go for an exchange or see if you can get in touch with UvA students who have already been to the same destination for an exchange semester to ask for help in finding suitable accommodation.