Erasmus is a programme for student exchanges within Europe. These are organised at faculty level. Therefore, for more information, you should approach the contact person at your own faculty. More information on the Erasmus programme in Dutch, or in English.
Global Exchanges are agreements with universities outside of Europe. In general they are open to all UvA students. However, there are universities that are only open for students from specific faculties. The Global Exchange programme is coordinated by the Office of International Student Affairs (BIS), which is part of Student Services. More information on the Global Exchange Programma in Dutch, or in English.
Yes. BIS organises a number of meetings throughout the semester about the possibilities to study abroad and about the practical matters of the exchange. International offices at individual faculties also host their own meetings. These faculty meetings mainly cover student exchanges within Europe under the Erasmus programme. More information on the meetings of BIS in Dutch, or in English.
The first stop for your questions is the Central Student Service Desk. You can reach them by telephone, mail or in person at the Information Desk, Monday to Friday from 9.00 till 17.00. All BIS contact information in Dutch, or in English.
The advisers of the international office of your faculty are also available to answer your questions.
In general, yes. However, some partners do impose their own programme restrictions. To check these restrictions, please consult the Digital World Map on http://www.wereldkaart-uva.nl/
You are required to discuss this with the International Office of your own faculty. They can contact the relevant faculty to discuss if your are allowed to apply. Please note that students from that specific faculty are placed first in line. Students from other faculties will only be placed if there are spots left. Also please note that the final decision to accept students from other UvA faculties for a faculty agreement is made by the host university at the moment of nomination/application at the host university.
This is difficult to say, since the answer varies from year to year. The popularity of many destinations appears to fluctuate. However, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Melbourne, Sydney, Cape Town and Stellenbosch always tend to be high on the list. This does not mean that you have no chance of being accepted if you choose one of these cities, but it does mean that you may be up against a lot of competition.
The chances of being selected vary per year and per destination. It all depends on the number of available spots and the popularity of the university in question.
For a number of destinations, you must pass an English, Spanish or Portuguese language proficiency test if you are not a native speaker. For English, the requirement is usually a TOEFL or IELTS test. You do not need to take this test until after the application procedure has been completed. BIS will provide you with more information after completion of the application procedure.
In order to study in Latin America, you are required to have an adequate command of Spanish or Portuguese. Please keep in mind that you will have to show proof of your language proficiency for most destinations in Latin-America by means of a language certificate.
You can decide yourself which courses you would like to follow during your exchange. For the Global Exchange Programme you do not need to choose courses within your own field of study. However, it is your responsibility to choose courses that fit into your study curriculum.
Yes. In general, the listed courses in your online application will only be used during the application process of the UvA. When BIS decides to nominate you for the exchange programme, you will again be asked to fill in a new list of courses in the application forms of the partner university, which they will assess. The partner university also checks if you meet the academic background requirements for the courses you have selected. Once you are accepted for the exchange programme, you will be given the information to enrol in courses at the partner university. In most cases you can still change your courses in the first few weeks of the semester.
The Digital World Map (http://www.wereldkaart-uva.nl/) contains information about the level of study (Bachelor and/or Master) open to exchange students. You can only enrol in Master (graduate) courses if you meet the prerequisites at the host university (usually having obtained your Bachelor’s diploma in the requested study area). Admission to the graduate programme (courses at Master level) at the partner university always requires a special permission from their admission office. It is therefore more difficult to enrol in Master courses. In some cases you are able to register as a Bachelor (undergraduate) student and enrol in one or two Master (graduate) courses. Usually this will be arranged after arrival.
Most universities have not communicated any restrictions for master students to enrol in undergraduate courses. If this is not allowed, this is listed in the Digital World Map. Please note that most UvA master programmes do not allow students to list undergraduate courses on their UvA master grade list. We advise you to check this with the study advisor of your programme.
The course request list is a wish list of courses. You should list more courses than you will actually take as a fulltime student.
As the list you submit is just a wish list of courses, please choose courses from the older course catalogues, assuming the course offerings will not change dramatically. In general, most of the courses in the current year will also be offered in the next academic year.
Where you can find the available courses is different for each university. Sometimes you can find courses by browsing through the general webpage of the host university and look for 'Course overview', 'Course Catalogue', 'Subject List’. Sometimes course information is provided on the webpage of the faculty or academic department. Most universities also provide specific information for international students on the website of the international office.
The course code is usually listed in the Course Catalogue and consists of numbers or letters representing the code of the course, e.g. LAW310. In this case the letters stand for the programme and the numbers for the level of the course (3rd year). Usually courses are divided in figures of hundreds (100, 200, 300, 400) and thousands (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000). In general you can assume that 100 or 1000 stands for a first year’s course, and so on. If in doubt, check the partner university website, go to the study programme website and search for an explanation of the academic programme. This will usually explain the build-up of the programme with the (mandatory) courses.
A partner university may have a different semester system from the UvA and therefore a different understanding of a full time course load. On the Digital World Map (http://www.wereldkaart-uva.nl/) you will find a brief description of Credit & Grading per destination. By comparing their amount of credits for a full time course load to the UvA system (30 ECTS for a full time semester), you are able to calculate how many credits you should obtain at the partner university for a full time course load.
No. The minor programme of the partner university is meant for students from the partner universities interested in a minor programme. You are of course able to select courses from the minor programme abroad, but you will not receive a minor certificate from the partner university. If you are thinking about using the exchange courses for a minor programme at the UvA, please consult the study adviser of the minor programme for information on what type of courses you should select.
After your exchange the partner university will issue your official transcript. Some universities will send a transcript with your achievements to the Office of International Student Affairs (BIS), some will send it to you directly and others will only send a digital copy, either to us or to you. In case your transcript is sent to BIS, we will notify you when you can pick up your transcript. After you have received your official transcript, you can start the credit recognition procedure. The procedure differs per UvA study programme but usually means the Board of Examiners of your study programme will review your transcript. As this always happens afterwards (after your exchange), it is wise to contact your study adviser in advance (before you go on exchange) to be informed about the procedure. What documents are needed, what is the deadline, what should you do if you change any courses upon arrival? Sometimes your department will use a document called a ‘learning agreement’.
You can apply for only one destination per application round. If your application is rejected, you can choose to apply again for a destination in the second and third round.
Spots that were not filled up during the first round will become available again during the second and third application round. This usually means that there are more spots available during the first round than in the following rounds. It is possible that some destinations are already closed in round 2 and 3. Also, in round 3 (and for some of the destinations in round 2), you can only apply for an exchange during semester 2. Before the start of the second application round a new list of available spots will be published on both the Dutch and the English Application webpage.
UvA students must hold at least 120 ECTS credits at the start of the exchange. Students at Amsterdam University College and Faculty of Economics and Business must hold at least 90 ECTS credits at the start of the exchange. When you submit your application, you may not yet hold the required number of credits.
Yes, the entire application and all the documents that need to be uploaded should be in English. For this reason, the online application form is available in English only.
Yes, for a destination that requires a minimum grade of 7,0 your weighted average grade needs to be a 7,0 or higher at the closing date of the application round. If you do not meet this requirement, your application will not be considered. For an explanation of the calculation of your GPA, please see the FAQ Placement ‘How is my GPA calculated’.
No. A module only counts towards your average mark if you have passed it, either first time or on a retake.
Instead of writing a motivation letter, you will be required to answer six reflective questions in the online application form. Research shows that students who undertake a study abroad activity can enhance their personal development, international orientation and develop intercultural competences, by reflecting on how their study abroad experience may impact them personally, academically and professionally. The combined answer can also be used as a motivation letter if your chosen host university requires you to motivate your decision.
Download the form, print the page belonging to your faculty/academic department and have it signed. The instructions on the form will explain who you need to contact for approval.
This is difficult to predict, since it depends on different factors: how many other students apply for the same destination, the number of places available, etc.
Your GPA is extracted from UvA SIS. All grades processed in UvA SIS (of all your courses taken at the UvA, from all UvA study programmes) up to and including the reference date (the first working day after the closing date of the application round) are taken into account. Unsatisfactory marks, courses graded with a pass, A.V.V or exemption, are not included in the GPA calculation. The GPA is rounded to two decimal places. AUC students please check the question below.
Please download the following document that describes the method used by the University of Amsterdam to compare and rank the AUC GPA’s (obtained from SIS) with the UvA GPA’s (obtained from SIS).
If you have one grade listed in SIS, your GPA will be based upon this one grade.
Grades that, for whatever reason, are processed in SIS after the reference date of the application deadline, are not included into the GPA calculation.
Please contact your Faculty International Office to discuss this matter.
We offer two information cycles, depending on the application procedure and deadline of your host university you will be assigned to ‘information cycle 1’ (starting 1 February) or ‘information cycle 2’ (starting 1 July). This date we will start with the information cycle to help you prepare your application for the host university. Until then you do not need to take any action.
On the date of the start of your ‘information cycle’ you will also be added to a group on Canvas that provides all the information needed to prepare you step-by-step for your exchange.
In case you are rejected in the first application round, you are still eligible to apply for this programme again during the second or third round, if there are still spots available. In case you are rejected, you can attend the Feedback meeting. The feedback meeting will be announced on both the Dutch and English website.
No, there is no waiting list. If you did not get selected in the first application round you can apply again during the second application round.
If you want to apply for an Erasmus exchange through your faculty, this procedure has its own deadlines. You can also apply for a short term exchange, such as a Global Summer Programme or a Global Student Conference. For more information see: https://buitenland.uva.nl/kort-verblijf/kort-verblijf.html (Dutch), or https://studyabroad.uva.nl/short-term/short-term.html (English).
Although the situation is currently still uncertain, we hope that the impact of COVID-19 will be minimal on exchanges taking place in semester 2 (Spring) of 2021-2022. However, we cannot make any guarantees in this regard. We are currently continuing with applications for our third round (for exchanges taking place in the second semester (Spring) of academic year 2021-2022).
Any decision to cancel the exchange programme will made by the UvA Corona Crisis Team and Executive Board well in advance of the start of the exchanges, but we are not able to give an exact date. Please note a partner university can also decide to cancel their exchange programme.
This year (2020-2021) all exchange programmes were cancelled because of COVID-19. Part of the available spots for 2021-2022 are used to allow students to defer their exchange to next year. All available spots for new applications will be listed in the destination-overview published on the website.
In the event that your exchange semester is cancelled by either the University of Amsterdam, or by the host university, we will not be able to offer you an alternative exchange placement. Please download our “Terms and Conditions for GEP 2021-2022” for all details.