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Global Exchange Programme

In order to apply for a Global Exchange Programme, make sure you have thoroughly read all the information about the university of your choice in the menu ‘Destinations’. Then you may proceed to read the selection procedure and check whether your destination is available during the next deadline. If so, you are ready to start the online application and collect the necessary additional documentation.

General requirements

  • You have obtained at least 120 ECTS.
  • You are registered at the UvA as a full-time student by the time your exchange begins. Students participating in the pilot Flexible Learning are excluded from the Global Exchange Programme.
  • You are officially approved by your faculty by means of an Academic Approval.
  • PLEASE NOTE: students at Amsterdam University College and Economics and Business should have obtained at least 90 ECTS prior to departure and Master’s students from the Faculty of Law cannot apply for the Global Exchange Programme.

Selection Procedure

During the application round, International Student Affair (BIS) takes in applications and in a careful selection procedure BIS will choose students and nominate them for an exchange at their host university. Although students are seldom rejected by host universities, the final decision to accept nominated students as exchange students is theirs.

All applications are reviewed with a so called point system. Points can be earned in different parts of the application. Your application will be judged on the content of the motivation letter, your CV (Resume), your academic progress, study pace and average marks.

Check your possibilities

International Student Affair (BIS) does not regard the academic fit in your study programme, for this you need to consult your academic advisor and/or international office of your faculty. Also, it is your own responsibility to check whether your wishes for the exchange fall within the set opportunities of the exchange as can be found on the digital world map.

Application rounds

  1. There are three application rounds for the Global Exchange Programme:
    • Round 1: starts 1 November and ends 1 December at 17:00
    • Round 2: starts 24 December and ends 15 January at 17:00
    • Round 3: starts 15 May and ends 15 June at 17:00
  2. Please note that not all universities of the programme are automatically available in each application round.
  3. The overview of possible destinations for the first round will be made available on 1 November, the overview of the second round after 20 December and the overview of the third round after 1 May.

PLEASE NOTE! As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to create unprecedented challenges in the world of international education, the Office of International Student Affairs is committed to supporting all students selected for a global exchange experience in academic year 2020-2021. The rapidly changing circumstances associated with the unpredictability of this crisis are challenging our office in ensuring a safe and academically valuable student experience. We therefore regret to inform you that there will be no available spots for a third round of applications. This effectively means that the third application round for the Global Exchange Programme (with the deadline set on 15 June 2020) has been closed. Please check the following website for your options to study abroad in Europe within the Erasmus programme.

Available places

  1. Applicants with the highest scores (total amount of points from the Selection Committee) will be granted a spot as exchange student, depending on the number of available slots that the partner university has allocated to the UvA.
  2. The application round overview indicates the number of available spots and if there are slots reserved for students from a specific faculty/department as of 1 May 2020.
  3. The chances of being selected vary per destination. It all depends upon available spots and the popularity of the universities in question.

Online application and result

To apply for a Global Exchange Programme, you need to create a personal online application. Selection will take place based on this. International Student Affairs (BIS) will email the results for round one on 17 December, for round two on 31 January and for round three on 1 July.

The following documents are required:

  • Résumé: please use the specific format. The résumé should be written in English.
  • Academic Approval Form
  • Official transcripts: please upload a transcript of all institutions you studied at after high school
  • Diplomas and Certificates: and if needed, a plan of action for language requirements

Need help?

International Student Affairs (BIS) offers several ‘Application Assistance Meetings’ to help you apply for the Global Exchange Programme.

  • Please make sure to first carefully follow the application instructions on the Global Exchange website.
  • During this session you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the requirements, expected timeline, application procedure and chances of placement.
  • These sessions will be organised several times and will be announced in Events.


Start the application

  • The Application Guide provides clear instructions on submitting your application.
  • During the application rounds, you will find the link to the online application in the Digital World Map through the ‘Apply Now’ button. Please note, this only works for Global Exchange Programme destinations.
  • The deadlines and practical instructions can be found in the Application Guide.