Frequently asked questions Virtual exchange


Can I apply and get credits for other online courses, from WU or other universities, than the ones listed here?
Only the MOOCs listed on this page are credit-eligible. You are always free to take other MOOCs of Wageningen or other universities but you won’t get credits for them.

Can I apply for more than one online course?
Yes you can, but you have to fill in a form for each online course.

How many places are available per course?
This differs per course, ranging from 20 to 120 for all participating universities. We work on a first come, first served basis. So, apply as early as possible.

In case I am not selected, can I still do the online course?
Yes, in most cases you can still do the online course, but not as a ‘Virtual Exchange’-student. This means  that you cannot participate in the ‘Virtual Exchange’ exams or assignments, and consequently you will receive no grade and no credits.

Are there any costs involved in doing an online course for credits?
You don’t have to pay any additional course fees. It may be the case that some study material has to be purchased.

I get confused by the start dates on edX which differ from this site or from the course description.
The information on this website is leading, as it is tailored specifically to ‘Virtual Exchange’ students.  The information provided on edX is for all general participants worldwide.

Can I apply for these MOOCs while being an exchange student at Wageningen University & Research?
No, only students who are enrolled for a full degree programme at Wageningen University can take part in all the MOOCs of the Virtual Exchange project. However, as an exchange student you can choose the Wageningen MOOCs that are mentioned in the Study Handbook as a regular course.

Starting and following the course

How and when starts the course?
That depends on the course, read the description carefully. You will also get an email of the partner university before the start of the course including specific details, like the way to register on edX etc.

What if I want to drop out?
We hope you are committed to complete the course. However if there is a good reason to drop out, we would like you to send an email to the lecturer or the contact person of the partner university.

Please note that although attendance is not compulsory, students participating in the Virtual Exchange initiative are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of this unique opportunity and to show their commitment by also taking the final exam.

Credits and grades

How do I know if the credits for the MOOC can be part of my examination programme?
It depends on your programme if you can include them as an optional course. Please consult your study adviser if you want to know more. We strongly advise you to start this process as soon as you have applied for the course.

When and how do I get my credits?
You will get a transcript of record from the host university with your grade and the credits. When you hand it over to SSC, these items will be noted in the Student Information System. When the Examining Board approved the course, it will be noted on the diploma supplement.

How many ECTS are the Australian online courses?
Australian universities all have their own specific units to express the workload of a course. We therefore decided to use the estimated total workload. The Examining Board will convert the workload to ECTS and Australian grades to a 1-10 scale.


What kind of assessment do I need to do?
Please check the course description for more information about the assessment method.

How and when is a written examination arranged?
Written exams will take place on our campus. The date depends per course, read the course description. Sometimes the exact moment is not yet decided and a time span is given. For the Wageningen MOOCs the examinations are in the re-exam period in February and in the last week of period 6 (or the re-exam period in August).

Do I have to register for this exam?
For an examination of a Wageningen MOOC you can register for the exam in the usual way (My portal/SSC). For courses from other universities, you don’t have to register for the exam, we will do that for you and you will receive detailed information about this closer to the exam date.

Are the written exams published in the Wageningen examination schedule?
Only the examinations of the Wageningen MOOCs. For the other MOOCs you have to read the course description.

Are there re-sits?
For WU courses there are two exam possibilities per academic year. For courses from other universities: check the course description. Note that some universities do not offer re-sits at all!