The International Office Geosciences gives a Study Abroad presentation every year in October. This year, there were two weeks organized about studying abroad. Have a look at the slides of the 2022-2023 presentation of the International Office Geosciences. If you already want to have a look what is being expected of you or what places you can go, click here.
General study abroad presentations
The University International Office also organises study abroad presentations.
The conditions you have to meet if you want to study abroad are the following:
- You are enrolled as a full time student at Utrecht University.
- As a Bachelor’s student you have earned at least 60 credits.
- As a Bachelor’s student you have to finish your programme in no more than four years.
- As a Master’s student you need the permission of the coordinator of your programme.
Discuss your plans
As a Bachelor’s student it is advisable to discuss your plans with your Study Advisor before you make your application, especially your Study Plan and your destination. Your Study Advisor is:
- Earth Sciences (‘Earth’ programmes and Marine Sciences): Almar de Ronde.
- Innovation, Environmental and Energy Sciences (‘Sustainability’ and ‘Innovation’ programmes, Energy Science and Water Science and Management): Pieter Louwman and Sacha Handgraaf.
- Human Geography and Spatial Planning (‘Urban’ , ‘Economic’ and ‘Social’ programmes, GIMA): Aukje de Graaf en Geke Meessen.
You will find their contact information at the bottom of this page.
You have to upload your approved Study Plan when you make your application. If you are doing a Bachelor's programme, your plan has to be signed by your Study advisor (see contact details below) If you are doing a Master’s programme the study plan has to be signed by the programme coordinator. Make sure you add the mandatory courses with name, code and timeslot. Your study advisor will check if you are able to finish your programme in no more than four years.
The exam commission has to approve your choice of courses, after you are selected to study abroad. The exam commission will check for overlap with the courses you have done in Utrecht.
- As a Bachelor’s student you must request the board’s approval by submitting a request via Osiris > Cases after you are selected to study abroad. After logging in your details and study programme automatically appear in Osiris. Click Cases > Start a new case > choose GEO Submitting a request to the Board of Examiners. Your request must include a filled in Course Approval Form and supporting documentation.
- As a Master’s student you must request the board’s approval by submitting a request via Osiris > Cases after you are selected to study abroad. After logging in your details and study programme automatically appear in Osiris. Click Cases > Start a new case > choose GEO Submitting a request to the Board of Examiners. Please add your Study Plan, signed by your programme coordinator, and supporting documentation such as course descriptions. The Study Plan is the same as you have used for your application.on.
- Are you going abroad the first semester or a full year? You have to request for approval at the exam commission before 1 June.
- Are you going abroad the second semester? Your deadline is 1 December.
Please hand in your list of marks, after you return, at International Office Geosciences (email@example.com) and include course descriptions and explanation. The exam commission will convert your marks and decide how much credits you have earned with the course you have done.
Grades you obtain abroad are converted to Pass or Fail. These results do not count towards your grade average. In addition, the original courses and grades are recorded in OSIRIS and printed on the International Diploma Supplement. You can find more information about this in the Education and Examination Regulations.
Courses at another university must be approved by the Board of Examiners beforehand. For approved courses, credits will awarded according to the number of EC obtained, based on the conversion in the conversion table. From this year onwards, no level is determined for courses obtained abroad. However, there is still a possibility for students to have the level of courses determined when this proves necessary to meet the level requirements of the exam programme. You can make a requests with the Board of Examiners through Osiris > Cases. After logging in your details and study programme automatically appear in Osiris. Click Cases > Start a new case > choose GEO Submitting a request to the Board of Examiners.
Describe clearly and completely in which matter you need a decision. If applicable, upload documents in pdf (for example, a description of an elective course, or proof of a result obtained elsewhere).
The Board will respond within a few working after submitting your request. You will receive a message in your UU student e-mail and a notification in Osiris. The final decision may take up to six weeks and is also displayed and saved in Osiris.
*Some decisions require a certified hardcopy proof copy. In such cases you will be instructed to hand this in at the Student Affairs desk.
Address room 1.20, Koningsbergergebouw
For questions not answered on this site about exchange programmes, you can seek assistance from the International Office Geosciences.
The International Office Geosciences can be reached by telephone on Thursday from 10:00 - 12:00, at the desk on Thursday from 10:00 - 12:00 or via Teams by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The study advisor can help with the general planning of an exchange programme in your studies. For example, if you have questions about the position of the exchange in the study programme, your total study duration, making the right choices and tailoring your curriculum to your interests and career wishes.
Aukje de Graaf / Geke Meessen
Telephone 030 253 2455/2456
Address Victor J. Koningsberger building, room 120
Photo of Geke Meessen was taken by Ron Koffeman
You can contact one of the study advisors for questions about the educational programme, study regulations (binding study advice) and exam requirements. They can advise you about additional options, such as a second study, honors programme, exemptions and approval for courses, etc. Also consult one of the study advisors in case of personal problems, illnesses, limitations or handicaps that affect your study. If you foresee that - for whatever reason - your study will be delayed, please contact us as soon as possible.
Consultation hours by appointment via email/telephone
Working days Aukje Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Working days Geke Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Important! If you are unable to reach your own study advisor(s) by e-mail or telephone, the out-of-office describes who you can contact with urgent questions.