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Global Exchange Programme

Application review & placement

After the closing of the registration period, it will be checked whether:

  • Your submitted file is complete (including completed and signed Academic Approval Form).
  • You meet the general conditions of BIS and the host university.

If you meet these conditions, you will be placed at the destination of your choice in case there are enough places available. If there are more applications than available places, placement will be determined by GPA. For the calculation of the GPA, all grades processed in UvA SIS (of all courses taken at the UvA) up to and including the reference date (the first working day after closing date of the application round) are taken into account. Any ‘unsatisfactory’ marks will be excluded. The GPA is rounded to two decimal places. Students with the highest GPA will be placed. In the event that two or more students have the same GPA, placement will be determined by draw.

In addition, a document is available for students studying at Amsterdam University College (AUC), which shows how the AUC GPA is compared to the UvA GPA. You can find this document in our FAQ.

Each Faculty International Office provides the grade average of their students to BIS. On the basis of the average marks, BIS checks whether the ‘7’ requirement of the partners have been met (if applicable), checks general conditions and files for completeness. If necessary, BIS will allocate places based on the highest GPA.

Also check our FAQ for further explanation.

Placement decision

Approximately two weeks after the closing date of the registration period, you will receive the results by e-mail. This may be positive or negative. Please read the steps to follow in case of a rejection or placement. You will also find a description of the activities you can expect when you are abroad, as well as after returning from abroad.

Rejected, what now?

If you have been rejected for a place, you can apply again during the next application period. BIS organises a Feedback meeting for all rejected students. See the Events calender for these and other BIS meetings.

Placed, what next?

In case of a positive result, you will receive further information about your participation in the Global Exchange Programme by e-mail. This will also include a number of information meetings that will support you in your further preparations. During these (online) meetings you will also meet other placed students of the Global Exchange Programme. You will also be added to a Canvas group in which you can find all the information you need to prepare for your exchange step-by-step.

In the event that your exchange is cancelled by either the University of Amsterdam, or by the host university, we will not be able to offer you an alternative exchange placement. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for all details.

While abroad

Most partner institutions host introductions and orientations for exchange students. Even though these events are usually not mandatory, we advise you strongly to participate. Not only will you receive an introduction about the culture, country, city and university, it is also the perfect opportunity to meet other prospective students.

Just like the UvA organises a Study Abroad Fair once a year, foreign universities host similar events. It is possible that you are contacted during your stay to assist at such a Study Abroad Fair. Usually you will be asked to explain students of the host university about studying abroad and specifically the UvA. The more international students study at UvA, the more places we have available for UvA students to study abroad. In case you are approached by the host international office, please contact the Office of International Student Affairs (BIS).

Upon your return

After returning to your home country, some students may experience reverse culture shock. You miss the international vibe of the exchange programme (the people, the climate, the country, the city) and you want to go back. Fortunately, there are several international activities in Amsterdam to alleviate the return.

International Student Network Amsterdam (ISN)

While you are still in the Netherlands preparing to go abroad, you can already meet international students and experience other cultures from all over the world! The International Student Network (ISN) caters to these social needs and promotes the connection of foreign students with local students. You can support this cause by becoming a coach, buddy, or participate in an activity committee. Even during Covid-19, ISN continues to strive for integration and inter-cultural connectivity through online and physical events, so you can already start your 'exchange' from home! For more information about a year as a board member, the activity committees, or becoming a coach, check the ISN website, Instagram, and Facebook page.

UvA Exchange Ambassador Programme

The exchange programme is built on reciprocity, it is therefore very important to promote the exchange programmes to our incoming and outgoing exchange students. International Student Affairs (BIS) trusts on the honest perspective and talent of our exchange students and hope that they are willing to help us promote their own (host) university. For more information please visit the website: