Preparation for study exchange

Great that you want to go on study exchange. On this page you will find information how to prepare yourself for study exchange.

Selection of universities and courses

Universities

On the partner universities page you can find an overview and more information of all universities we have an agreement with (which includes a tuition fee waiver), for example fact sheets and website links. In this overview you can select all options particular for your study program. The amount of places available differs per university, per study field and per year. As you are often not the only student applying for an exchange, we do advise you to have two additional alternative choices. 

Courses

You can use the opportunity to go abroad to do your 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 fulfil the requirements.

Look up on the partner university website 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 example overview of courses that students have followed within the Erasmus+ programme. This is to give you an idea, there are many more possibilities.                                                                                                      

Contact study advisor and 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.

If you would like advice on what to do during your study abroad – and to gain an initial recommendation on your choice of courses – schedule an appointment with your exchange coordinator. Your departmental exchange coordinator is your 'exchange advisor'. They know all posibilities, know the kind of courses you can take and know about previous experiences of students.

Approval of courses by examining board

External courses (including minors etc.) require approval from your study advisor and from the Examining Board of Wageningen University concerned, in order to count as part of your study programme. You can apply for approval in SPA (make sure you use the ‘submit’ button). Note that certain studies require you to send a pre-application to the Examining Board first. Visit the page of the Examining Boards for more information on Applying for approval of external courses or ask your study advisor