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Exchange: faculty information

Last updated on 22 September 2021

If your programme has a free-choice component, you can organize your studies the way you like. You can do an internship, take optional subjects, take a minor, or go on exchange. Exchange means going to a university abroad for a while to study, live and build an international network.

If you want to go on exchange, make sure you are well informed about the requirements of your programme / faculty, and that you register on time. More practical information about an exchange can be found on the following pages:

Exchange information for each faculty

Requirements and exceptions for your faculty/programme.

Within your free-choice component, you can spend a semester abroad at a partner university, where you live and study in an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and improves your languages. It also helps you build an international network. 

At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. This package must meet the requirements for optional courses and must be approved by the Examination Board of your programme prior to your trip abroad. Upon your return, you submit a certified grade list at the International Office. The EC of the passed and approved courses are converted to the Dutch study system. 

PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your programme. If you are considering this, read all the information about Studying Abroad here.

Within your electives you can also spend a semester at a partner university abroad, where you live and study in an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and improves your languages. It also helps you build an international network. 

At a partner university you can put together a package of optional courses yourself. These electives must meet the requirements of your faculty's board of examiners. Ask the Examination Board of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences in advance to be allowed to use the courses in your free-choice component and check the requirements. Always add a completed copy of this form to the registration form for approval of the courses. 

Your passed and approved courses will be converted to the Dutch study system by the International Office and your Examination Board. 

PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your programme. If you are considering exchange, read all the information about Studying Abroad here.

During electives, you can spend a semester at a partner university abroad, where you live, study and experience an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network in this way. 

At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. These electives must meet the requirements of the Examination Board. Your passed and approved courses will be converted to ECTS by the International Office and your Examination Board. You must complete a course approval form to apply for exchange courses. You can send the completed form to the department exchange courses from the Examination Board through courses.exchange.sbe@vu.nl.

PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you are considering exchange, read all the information about Studying Abroad here

IBA 

IBA students are obliged to go on an exchange to fill in the minor space. The process of registering via IO is the same for all study programmes, and it is mandatory. You must complete a course approval form to apply for exchange courses (this must be completed by all study programmes). You can send the completed form to the department exchange courses from the Examination Board through courses.exchange.sbe@vu.nl.

Master's programmes

It is not possible for Master's students of the School of Business and Economics to go on an exchange.

During electives, you can spend a semester at a partner university abroad, where you live, study and experience an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network in this way. 

At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. These electives must meet the requirements of your Examination Board and has to be approved before leave. Check the requirements for the electives. Your passed and approved courses will be converted by the International Office and your Examination Board to the Dutch study system. 

PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you are considering this, read all the information about Studying Abroad here.

You can go on exchange during your third bachelor year if you can take courses during that exchange that you can include in the minor space. The term electives is only used at LAW for the master. This is minor space for the bachelor. You cannot just bring any subject from abroad into the minor space. There are level requirements for this and (broadly speaking) the courses must also be related. 

Options within the Electives of Criminology 

As a Criminology student you will have to a minor in the first half of the third year. The minor has a study load of 30 credits. You can use the minor space to delve further into your own field. Another option is to broaden your knowledge by looking further than the boundaries of your own field. You have various options for completing your minor. 

Exchange programme abroad - Criminology

Within your minor space, you can also go to a partner university abroad for a semester via an exchange programme. For six months you will live, study and experience an international environment. This way,  you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and improves your languages.  It also helps you build an international network. At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. If you obtain 30 EC in courses, you will not incur any delay in academic progress. The courses must be approved by the Examination Board before departure. If you obtain less than 30 ECTS abroad, you can compensate for the shortage of credits in the minor with separate courses from a maximum of one minor. 

PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you're considering exchange, read more about Studying Abroad here

Possibilities within the electives of Law 

As a Bachelor's student of Law you will have a minor in the first half of the third year. The minor is worth 30 credits. You can use the minor space to delve further into some aspects of your own field. Another option is to broaden your knowledge by looking further than your own field. You have various options for completing your minor. 

Exchange programme abroad - Law

Within your minor space you can also go to a partner university abroad for a semester via an exchange programme. For six months you will live, study and experience an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network this way. At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. If you obtain 30 EC in courses, you will not incur any delay in your studies. The courses must be approved by the Examination Board before departure. If you obtain less than 30 ECTS abroad, you can compensate for the shortage of credits in the minor with separate courses from a maximum of one minor. 

PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you're considering this, read more about Studying Abroad here

When you do a minor abroad, the grades obtained there are often sent by the university concerned when you have already returned to the Netherlands. VU Amsterdam will only enter the grades and credits after an official list of grades has been received. For the courses Plea Exercise and Bachelor's thesis you must resp. have 99 and 120 credits registered before the enrollment deadline closes. If you have completed all courses of the 1st and 2nd year, you meet that requirement. But if that is not the case, it is wise to calculate whether you have the correct number of credits registered at the right time.

The first semester of the third bachelor year is the electives. The electives have a study load of 30 EC. 

All students who are going to fill in their electives completely or for 24 or more ECTS, must meet the requirement that at least 12 ECs are courses of “level 300” (advanced level). This means the following for the different ways in which you can fill in your elective space: 

In order to be allowed to go abroad on exchange to fill in your elective space, you must have completed the first year of the bachelor's programme at the time of departure, and have obtained a total of at least 90 EC. To be eligible for selection, you must have obtained at least 60 EC of your bachelor's degree when you register. Registration and placement is done through International Office. 

Also check the page on electives

Courses abroad 

It may happen that you do not pass all courses at a foreign university and then have to fill in the remaining space with a course at VU Amsterdam or elsewhere when you return. In that case, the following applies: 

  • a student who has completed 24 of the 30 EC with courses abroad, may complete the remaining 6 EC with a course of level 200 or 300; 
  • a student who has completed 18 ECs with courses abroad must fill in the remaining space with at least one course at level 300; 
  • a student who has obtained 12 EC or less in foreign courses must fill in the remaining space with at least two courses of level 300.

During electives, you can spend a semester at a partner university abroad, where you live, study and experience an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network in this way. 

At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. These electives must meet the requirements of your Examination Board and has to be approved before leave. Check the requirements for the electives. Your passed and approved courses will be converted by the International Office and your Examination Board to the Dutch study system. 

PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you are considering this, read all the information about Studying Abroad here.

  • BETA

    Within your free-choice component, you can spend a semester abroad at a partner university, where you live and study in an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and improves your languages. It also helps you build an international network. 

    At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. This package must meet the requirements for optional courses and must be approved by the Examination Board of your programme prior to your trip abroad. Upon your return, you submit a certified grade list at the International Office. The EC of the passed and approved courses are converted to the Dutch study system. 

    PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your programme. If you are considering this, read all the information about Studying Abroad here.

  • FGB

    Within your electives you can also spend a semester at a partner university abroad, where you live and study in an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and improves your languages. It also helps you build an international network. 

    At a partner university you can put together a package of optional courses yourself. These electives must meet the requirements of your faculty's board of examiners. Ask the Examination Board of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences in advance to be allowed to use the courses in your free-choice component and check the requirements. Always add a completed copy of this form to the registration form for approval of the courses. 

    Your passed and approved courses will be converted to the Dutch study system by the International Office and your Examination Board. 

    PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your programme. If you are considering exchange, read all the information about Studying Abroad here.

  • SBE

    During electives, you can spend a semester at a partner university abroad, where you live, study and experience an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network in this way. 

    At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. These electives must meet the requirements of the Examination Board. Your passed and approved courses will be converted to ECTS by the International Office and your Examination Board. You must complete a course approval form to apply for exchange courses. You can send the completed form to the department exchange courses from the Examination Board through courses.exchange.sbe@vu.nl.

    PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you are considering exchange, read all the information about Studying Abroad here

    IBA 

    IBA students are obliged to go on an exchange to fill in the minor space. The process of registering via IO is the same for all study programmes, and it is mandatory. You must complete a course approval form to apply for exchange courses (this must be completed by all study programmes). You can send the completed form to the department exchange courses from the Examination Board through courses.exchange.sbe@vu.nl.

    Master's programmes

    It is not possible for Master's students of the School of Business and Economics to go on an exchange.

  • FGW

    During electives, you can spend a semester at a partner university abroad, where you live, study and experience an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network in this way. 

    At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. These electives must meet the requirements of your Examination Board and has to be approved before leave. Check the requirements for the electives. Your passed and approved courses will be converted by the International Office and your Examination Board to the Dutch study system. 

    PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you are considering this, read all the information about Studying Abroad here.

  • Law

    You can go on exchange during your third bachelor year if you can take courses during that exchange that you can include in the minor space. The term electives is only used at LAW for the master. This is minor space for the bachelor. You cannot just bring any subject from abroad into the minor space. There are level requirements for this and (broadly speaking) the courses must also be related. 

    Options within the Electives of Criminology 

    As a Criminology student you will have to a minor in the first half of the third year. The minor has a study load of 30 credits. You can use the minor space to delve further into your own field. Another option is to broaden your knowledge by looking further than the boundaries of your own field. You have various options for completing your minor. 

    Exchange programme abroad - Criminology

    Within your minor space, you can also go to a partner university abroad for a semester via an exchange programme. For six months you will live, study and experience an international environment. This way,  you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and improves your languages.  It also helps you build an international network. At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. If you obtain 30 EC in courses, you will not incur any delay in academic progress. The courses must be approved by the Examination Board before departure. If you obtain less than 30 ECTS abroad, you can compensate for the shortage of credits in the minor with separate courses from a maximum of one minor. 

    PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you're considering exchange, read more about Studying Abroad here

    Possibilities within the electives of Law 

    As a Bachelor's student of Law you will have a minor in the first half of the third year. The minor is worth 30 credits. You can use the minor space to delve further into some aspects of your own field. Another option is to broaden your knowledge by looking further than your own field. You have various options for completing your minor. 

    Exchange programme abroad - Law

    Within your minor space you can also go to a partner university abroad for a semester via an exchange programme. For six months you will live, study and experience an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network this way. At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. If you obtain 30 EC in courses, you will not incur any delay in your studies. The courses must be approved by the Examination Board before departure. If you obtain less than 30 ECTS abroad, you can compensate for the shortage of credits in the minor with separate courses from a maximum of one minor. 

    PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you're considering this, read more about Studying Abroad here

    When you do a minor abroad, the grades obtained there are often sent by the university concerned when you have already returned to the Netherlands. VU Amsterdam will only enter the grades and credits after an official list of grades has been received. For the courses Plea Exercise and Bachelor's thesis you must resp. have 99 and 120 credits registered before the enrollment deadline closes. If you have completed all courses of the 1st and 2nd year, you meet that requirement. But if that is not the case, it is wise to calculate whether you have the correct number of credits registered at the right time.

  • FSS

    The first semester of the third bachelor year is the electives. The electives have a study load of 30 EC. 

    All students who are going to fill in their electives completely or for 24 or more ECTS, must meet the requirement that at least 12 ECs are courses of “level 300” (advanced level). This means the following for the different ways in which you can fill in your elective space: 

    In order to be allowed to go abroad on exchange to fill in your elective space, you must have completed the first year of the bachelor's programme at the time of departure, and have obtained a total of at least 90 EC. To be eligible for selection, you must have obtained at least 60 EC of your bachelor's degree when you register. Registration and placement is done through International Office. 

    Also check the page on electives

    Courses abroad 

    It may happen that you do not pass all courses at a foreign university and then have to fill in the remaining space with a course at VU Amsterdam or elsewhere when you return. In that case, the following applies: 

    • a student who has completed 24 of the 30 EC with courses abroad, may complete the remaining 6 EC with a course of level 200 or 300; 
    • a student who has completed 18 ECs with courses abroad must fill in the remaining space with at least one course at level 300; 
    • a student who has obtained 12 EC or less in foreign courses must fill in the remaining space with at least two courses of level 300.
  • FRT

    During electives, you can spend a semester at a partner university abroad, where you live, study and experience an international environment. This way, you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network in this way. 

    At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. These electives must meet the requirements of your Examination Board and has to be approved before leave. Check the requirements for the electives. Your passed and approved courses will be converted by the International Office and your Examination Board to the Dutch study system. 

    PLEASE NOTE: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you are considering this, read all the information about Studying Abroad here.

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