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Important information

The need-to-knows of studying abroad during your time at PPLE

As a PPLE student you may attend a semester exchange in either the first semester of the third year or in the fourth year (either semester). In the first semester of year 3, two elective courses are scheduled. This offers the possibility to take these elective courses abroad and spend a semester at a partner university. However, in all of the majors there will also be three compulsory major courses (18 EC). In order to avoid a study delay, students will need to take the equivalent of these courses abroad, which can be difficult to arrange. It requires you to investigate those partner institutes that offer equivalent courses, however, our partners do not offer guarantees that these courses will indeed be available to you. Moreover, until you have been officially selected as an exchange student you are not supposed to contact the host institute directly.

In order to have the courses taken abroad recognised by PPLE, the courses must be approved by the Examinations Board in order to validate the credits. Once you have been accepted to an exchange programme, you may submit a request to the Examinations Board as soon as you are able to provide a course syllabus/manual.  Again, it can never be guaranteed that you will be able to take all three major courses while abroad. You may need to take major courses in the following year, which would cause a delay in graduation and the need to register as PPLE student for an extra semester in a fourth year.

You are advised to discuss your exchange plans with the exchange coordinator thoroughly and be aware that going on exchange requires quite a degree of flexibility from you as a student.

In case you decide to go abroad and studying an extra semester is no objection, PPLE recommends that you first complete the PPLE curriculum and then extend your registration for a semester abroad in a fourth year (including tuition payment). This way, there will be no hurdles in getting courses approved and you have extensive freedom of choice in where you are going and what you can study there.

In addition, PPLE students may also go abroad over the summer. Requirements vary by programme, but students can attend a summer exchange programme from the end of their first year onwards.