Going abroad: what are your options?
Going abroad will be a valuable experience, both academically and in general. When deciding to go abroad or not, take your time collecting information and do not underestimate the fact that going abroad can be challenging. It takes a lot of preparation and not everything will necessarily go according to plan. But the whole experience is worth it; just ask any student who has been abroad!
Your faculty knows all
The international office at your faculty will be your main source of information. They can help you with questions like:
There are multiple options really:
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. For selection requirements and application procedures, check with your faculty.
If you have a strong desire to study at a specific university that is not one of our partner universities, or if the partner university you would like to go to does not have any available places, you can become a 'free mover'. An important tip before deciding to go abroad as a free mover: check with your faculty‘s international office to ascertain whether this is possible within your programme
With the Erasmus+ scholarship programme you can go on study exchange to a partner university or do an internship. Erasmus+ is the new European programme for education, youth and sport (see Erasmus Charter & Policy Statement). The programme will be from 2014 until 2020.
Doing a master's degree abroad can be a perfect opportunity if for example you would like to specialise in a certain discipline, as this discipline might be better developed in another country.
Another advantage is that several funding bodies offer grants or scholarships to students going abroad for their master’s degree, with the condition that you must have done a bachelor’s degree in the Netherlands first.
You can find more information about international master’s programmes on:
Doing an internship abroad, gives you the opportunity to discover whether working abroad suits you. It is also an ideal way of getting to know an organisation. This is especially handy if you are considering applying for a job at that organisation, or one similar to it, after your studies.
For more information on internships abroad, you can contact your faculty. Also make use of our career advisors, to for example check your motivation letter!
With the Erasmus+ scholarship programme you can go on study exchange to a partner university or do an internship. Erasmus+ is the new European programme for education, youth and sport (see Charter & Policy Statement). The programme will be from 2014 until 2020.
There are various agencies that can help you do volunteer work abroad, especially in developing countries. You could do a project via AIESEC or Kembé for instance.
Please check their websites for more information, or use a search engine to find other agencies or organisations:
Many universities offer short term programs. If you would like to follow a short term program abroad during your stay at Erasmus University Rotterdam you can take a look at Short Term Programs for an overview.
We've compiled all the information you'll need in one, small but actually big, practical guide. Be prepared for everything:
Whenever you decide to go abroad, you should always be aware of the fact that it will take time to prepare. Some application deadlines are very strict and only occur once a year. Consequently, it is advisable to start preparing a year in advance! Again, your faculty will have the specific deadlines that go with your personal situation.