Who and When?

Bachelor students

The exchange programme of Erasmus School of Economics is specifically designed for Bachelor-3 students, except for Fiscale Economie. Students of this programme may end up with a study delay and should contact the study advisers


The best time for all bachelor students (except Fiscale Economie and BSc² Econometrics/Economics) to go on exchange is during the fall semester of the third year (Minor and Block 2). All students can also go on exchange during the spring semester (block 3 and 4). However, it is likely that you will experience a delay in your study programme. Students should contact the study advisers if they want to discuss the possibilities.

Students enrolled in the Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics have the opportunity to go abroad as part of their curriculum in the fall semester of Year 4.

In case you do not meet the requirements for exchange, you can also consider going abroad during blocks 3 and 4 or after your bachelor, as long as you remain enrolled.

Master students

Master students can also go on exchange, even though an official exchange period is not part of the curriculum. This means that Erasmus School of Economics will not incorporate courses completed at the partner university in the master programme. Master students will therefore always end up with a study delay. Pre-master students cannot apply for the exchange programme.

The partner profiles of all universities indicate whether the partner university offers courses on master level to master students of Erasmus School of Economics. Master students can also apply to bachelor-level universities, but must note that they must enroll for bachelor courses and that the placement procedure will prioritize bachelor students for these destinations.


As exchange is not part of the master curriculum, master students can apply for both semesters.

Other possibilities

Arranging your own exchange: Free Mover

If there is no formal agreement on student exchange between Erasmus School of Economics and the university you wish to go to, you may apply as a so-called Free Mover. Going on exchange as a Free Mover means that you arrange your exchange on individual basis and get no support from Erasmus University.

The advantage is that you can choose where to go. The disadvantages, however, are that you will have to arrange the exchange yourself and you will need to pay tuition fees to the host university. In addition, there is no guarantee your obtained grades will count towards your diploma.

After your exchange, you can submit a request to the Examination Board to incorporate your courses in your bachelor degree. Only in this case you follow the regular procedure on credit conversion as listed on the outgoing exchange website.

For more information about the possibilities as a Free Mover, please refer to the ESSC website on this topic. Universities that accept Free Movers normally list this on their website.


Instead of going on exchange, you can also opt for an internship abroad. Please visit the webpage on internships for more information and contact information.

More information on internships abroad can be found on the website of ESSC. Please always contact the internship coordinator of your programme for more information on the requirements.