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Internships abroad

Doing an internship abroad is a unique way to put your theoretical knowledge into practice, to gain work experience and experience abroad, to expand your network, and to increase your opportunities in the job market. This enables you to steer your study and your national or international career in the direction you choose.

Start in time 

Are you considering doing an internship abroad? Start obtaining information in time. Count on needing at least six months to a year preparation time from the initial orientation phase up to your actual departure. This is especially relevant to countries outside the EU, for which you need to take the visa procedure into account.

Watch the video about Internships abroad (in Dutch)

Organising it yourself 

You organise an internship abroad yourself. The approval and acknowledgement of an internship abroad is often identical to the internship process in the Netherlands. You arrange this through your study programme (study adviser/work placement coordinator/international office). You should therefore look carefully into the requirements and preconditions your study programme has set and which procedure you have to follow.

Practical matters

You must also organise all other practical matters such as accommodation, finances, insurance and visas. More information can be found at


In addition, various UvA staff members can offer you advice on this process: 

  • Work placement coordinator or the study adviser of your study programme
  • Office of International Student Affairs (BIS)
  • Student Careers Centre (SCC)

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