For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!
You are using a browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Please upgrade your browser. The site may not present itself correctly if you continue browsing.

Social Sciences

Erasmus Exchange

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.

Erasmus Q&A Session: 17 November 2021 - 10AM until 11AM
Contact the International Office Social Sciences for a Zoom invitation!

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.

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 first application deadline for Erasmus exchange is the 1st of March and the second application deadline is the 15th of June.

Studying outside Europe: Global Exchange programme

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.

Global Exchange Programme


'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, you can read more experiences from Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning students who are or were studying abroad.