Studying abroad

If you would like to study abroad, there are several options to consider. For example, you can study at another university as an exchange student or as a free mover. Other options are to attend a summer course, apply for a Master's programme or go on a study trip with your study association. See for yourself which option suits you best.

Exchange programmes

As an exchange student, you can study abroad for one or two semesters at one of your faculty’s partner universities. Student exchanges take place as part of a collaborative agreement or on a bilateral basis between universities.

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Many practical matters have already been dealt with (e.g. exemption from local tuition fees, possibility of obtaining a grant or scholarship, recognition of credits based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), on-the-spot coaching, and sometimes accommodation). You can only choose from current partner universities.
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Free mover

As a free mover you can study abroad outside of the official exchange programme. This is the option for you if you have a strong desire to study at a specific university, or if the partner university you would like to go to does not have any available places. You can also decide for yourself how long you would like to remain abroad.

Important tip: before deciding to go abroad as a free mover, you must check with your faculty‘s international office to ascertain whether this is possible within your programme.

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This can be tailored to your own educational wishes or choice of university outside the EUR partner agreements. You will gain experience by arranging your own admission, recognition of credits, etc. It takes longer to prepare, because you need to go through the admission procedure of the university in question, there is no exemption from tuition fees, and you need to arrange your own funding and accommodation. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the completed courses can be converted to the EUR programme.

Full Master's degree

After completing your Bachelor's degree, you may be admitted to a Master’s programme abroad. You can find more information about international Master’s programmes on: http://master.wilweg.nl (Dutch only) or on: www.mastersportal.eu. You may also find a suitable Master’s degree course by looking on the countries’ page of the Nuffic website: www.wilweg.nl/landen.

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It looks impressive on your résumé if you follow your full Master’s degree abroad. In addition, in some other countries, the discipline you would like to specialise in might actually be offered in a study programme while it is not offered in the Netherlands, or in another country the discipline might be further developed. Financing can be a problem as the tuition fees can be high.
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Summer courses

Many universities offer special summer courses. These are ideal for a ‘brief international experience’. Some faculties provide information about summer programmes on their website or SIN-Online/BB channels. 

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If going abroad does not fit into your study programme, you can still benefit from an international experience without delaying your studies. Practical matters, such as housing, have often already been arranged. Short and relatively expensive.
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Study trips

Several study associations organise international study trips at least once every academic year. Check if your study association organises one of these trips and join the international experience. Below are two examples.

Study association Type of trip
EFR The EFR-EuroTour Committee organises an annual two-week exchange programme with a partner university from Europe. During these two weeks students engage in activities based on four pillars: academic, cultural, business and social. More information can be found on the EFR website: www.efr.nl.
STAR The International Week is an exchange project for students from all over the world. Students show foreign students their city, local culture, local business life, party scene and their university. Each year, there are about 23 International Weeks all over the world and two RSM students can participate in each International Week. More information, about this and other activities that STAR organises abroad, can be found on the RSM website: www.rsmstar.nl.