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 online courses listed on this page are credit-eligible. You are always free to take other online courses 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 register separately for each course on Myportal or SSC Online, or by filling out an application form for each external 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 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 online courses 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 online courses of the Virtual Exchange project. However, as an exchange student, you can choose the Wageningen online courses 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 online courses can be part of my study programme?
The online course will be included as an external course in your programme. Hence the procedure for external courses applies. This means you have to consult your study adviser before your register for the online course. Once your study adviser agrees to include the course in your programme you need the approval of the Examination board (your study adviser knows how). Once the course is approved, you can register through MyPortal or SSC Online, or by filling out an application form for each external course). If the Examination board does not approve the course you can still complete it and include it as an extra course in SPA (Study Programme Approval). However, this way, the credits don’t count, and the mark does not affect your GPA.

When and how do I get my credits?
You will get a transcript of the record from the host university with your grade and the credits which you have to hand in at the student desk in the Forum building. Subsequently, the mark will appear in your study programme.

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 online courses, 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 online course, 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. If detailed information on the time and location is not yet available, it will be provided in time.

Are the written exams published in the Wageningen examination schedule?
Only the examinations of the Wageningen online courses are published. For the other online courses, 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!