Preparation (step by step)

This is the first page to visit when organizing your study exchange period at one of our partner universities for courses.

It might seem complicated to study abroad because of the many possibilities and rules. However, following the steps below will be a good start and will guide you through the preparation process.

Step 1: Orientate

Wageningen University has many partner universities for student exchange. The number of available places differs per university, in total there are over 500 places available. This means we have something interesting for everyone! 

ImportantCheck here if you fulfill the requirements for student exchange.

Due to many possibilites, it can be hard to decide what you want to do. Therefore we advise you to orientate well.

1.  Take a look on the partner universities page. Here you can find an overview and more information of all universities we have an agreement with (meaning you do not have to pay tuition fees). You can find a big blue button 'Study exchange partner universities'. In this overview you can select all options particular for your study program.

2.  Read about the experiences of others students who have been on study exchange on wurgoesabroad.

3.  Follow Study Abroad Office on social media, to stay updated about events and get inspired by pictures of students who have been on exchange: Facebook/Instagram: Studyabroadwur.

4.  Join Study abroad fair (7 November, at ground floor Forum building, 11am-3pm)

Step 2: Make a selection of universities

1. Make a top 3 of universities you are interested in to go on study exchange. Fill this top 3 in in the application form.

Note: the amount of places available differs per university, per study field and per year. Usually more students apply for the same university, therefor we advise you to have two additional alternative choices. If you want to go on study exchange to a non EU university, you need to have a GPA of 7.0 or higher.

2. Select courses. You can use the opportunity to go abroad to follow optional courses in a different field of study or to get more specialized in your own field. Some universities offer minors or semester packages, but mostly you will have to select courses yourself and find out if you fulfill the requirements.

Look at the partner university page which courses will be available to exchange students in the semester you are applying for and make a list of the courses you are interested in. If the courses of your exchange semester have not been published by the host university yet, please look at the courses offered during the previous year.

Please make sure to check the language of instruction of your selected courses to see if they match with your language skills.

Schedules can change, courses may be full or cancelled and many students change their mind after arrival. Therefore, make sure the partner university you are interested in has enough courses on offer for you.

Here you can find an overview of courses that students have followed within their exchange programme. This is to give you an idea.

Step 3: Contact study advisor & exchange coordinator

Discuss your (provisional) programme and ideas with your study advisor. In this phase definite approval of the examination board isn’t necessary yet.

Your exchange coordinator is your 'exchange advisor'. They know all possibilities, the kind of courses you can take and previous experiences of students. If you have not contacted your exchange coordionator yet, it could be wise to send him/her an e-mail to discuss your plans and check if your plans are feasible. Please attach to your e-mail the application form with the provisional selection of courses and a copy of your transcript of records. If necessary an appointment can be scheduled.

Step 4: Apply for an exchange period

In recent years the interest for exchange has increased considerably. Currently we have many places but for a number of popular universities the demand is greater than the available places, therefore a selection procedure will take place to distribute the available places.

If you decide to apply for selection, please e-mail the following documents (in English) to erasmus.studentexchange@wur.nl (in PDF formats):

1.    Study Abroad Application Form

2.    Motivation letter for your first choice university

3.    CV

4.    Scan of Transcript of Records (to be issued by SSC), HBO, BSc and MSc if applicable.

Application deadline for selection: 01-02-2020 (23:59). This deadline is for application for exchange during the 1st semester and also for exchange during the 2nd semester.

Application for an exchange period is advised but not compulsory. If you do not apply before the 1st of February, you can still apply afterwards (providing the partner university’s deadline hasn’t passed yet), but your choice and options will be limited to the remaining places.

It is no use submitting your application far in advance of the deadline as applications will only be considered once the deadline has closed.

What are the next steps?

The selection and allocation will be carried out carefully by the WU exchange team and, if necessary, study advisors will be also be consulted.

Selection will be based on:

·         Transcript of records

·         Number of ECTS obtained

·         Study progress/passed the 1st year

·         Motivation letter

·         CV

·         Study programme at home and host university

·         Number of places available at host university

·         Requirements host university

Students will be informed about the selection results around the The 2nd and 3rd choice places will also be taken into consideration. In some cases it may not be possible to be selected for any of your chosen universities. In that case we will consult with you and will try to find a suitable alternative. 

If you applied for semester 2 (from January-February till June), your study progress has to be proved before nomination in autumn.