Law, Economics and Governance
Study abroad - 2023-2024
Are you interested in studying abroad in 2023-2024? Come to the Study Abroad Weeks from 3 until 14 October! During these weeks, we will tell you all about studying abroad. There will be information sessions and workshops in which we tell you important information about your application and helpful tips on how to choose your destination.
The deadline for your application to study abroad in 2023-2024 is 1 December 2022.
Please first check the conditions of your school.
When selecting your Top 3:
- Make sure you meet all requirements (language/GPA etc.)
- Check carefully the academic calendars (there might be an overlap with your study programme at UU!)
- A third choice in your top 3 is optional but strongly advised.
- Increase your chances by choosing destinations in non-capital cities, smaller universities and less-visited (touristic) countries.
During the Study Abroad weeks between 3-14 October 2022, the International Exchange Offices of UU will organise several (partly online) information sessions and workshops in order to prepare you for an exchange at one of our many partner universities worldwide. In these meetings we discuss what an exchange is, how to choose a suitable destination, and we explain the application procedure.
The information sessions from the faculty of Law, Economics and Governance took place on:
- Thursday 6 October 2022: Governance (17.15 -19.00) - slides on Dutch webpage
- Tuesday 11 October 2022: Economics (17.15 - 19.00) - slides here below
Slides presentation Economics
- Thursday 13 October 2022: Law (17.15 - 19.00) - slides on Dutch webpage
In the WEBINAR below we explain already a lot regarding the process and most important matters (turn on subtitles for English translation).
Notification: some of the information differs from before:
- For an exchange in 22-23 you need to have obtained 60 EC at the time of applying at the UU (on the 1st of December)! This will be checked immediately after the deadline, on December 2nd 2022.
- Next year there will not be an extra application round with a March deadline. Only the one with the deadline of the 1st of December. The deadline is the same if you want to go on exchange in the 2nd semester.
- You can find the data of this year’s workshops under Step 2. Study Abroad Weeks.
- Finances/Erasmus grant: For next year there are extra grant options for destinations in Europe, the so-called TopUp’s. For more information: https://students.uu.nl/en/academics/study-abroad/funding-grants/erasmus-grants/erasmus-grants-for-studies
- On the UU website with the list of destinations, the information under the “i” no longer exists. Instead, select the level of your current degree in the menu on the left.
- For up-to-date contact information: see our webpage: https://students.uu.nl/en/academics/study-abroad/faculty-information/law-economics-and-governance
During the application process, you will need to upload a study plan to Osiris. This document needs to be approved by your study advisor. Your application cannot be processed without this approved document, so make sure to obtain it well in advance of the deadline.
Contact Information Study Advisors
Make sure though to read the information from your school first! (see above under de header Conditions)
You can download a study plan from this page.
Oftentimes it is not possible to know exactly which courses you are able to enroll in during the specific semester/year (the courses offered at the intended partner university still need to be announced or can still change). In that case, you can base your study plan on the courses/information that is available at that moment. After all, completing your study plan is not a definitive choice of subjects, but an initial orientation to the courses you want to take while abroad. Usually you can only register for the definite courses when applying at the host university (after being allocated by UU) or upon arrival.
Write a general motivation letter (in English) in which you also elaborate on the following questions:
Why do you want to go on exchange?
What are your goals for the exchange?
How would an exchange contribute to your (academic) development?
(around 500 words)
You may focus on the first choice of your top 3 destinations.
If the language of instruction at the host university is not Dutch, English or your native language, you are required to provide proof of proficiency. Proof of proficiency can be a certificate of a language course completed elsewhere, a language course completed at UU, language course(s) you are planning to take in preparation, proof that you attended an international school, etc. Please make sure that these documents are .pdf files only(!)
In case a destination requires you to have a B2 level English proficiency (or lower), most students are exempt from handing in proof of this language proficiency at the time of the Study Abroad application in Osiris. This is the case for students who have either completed the VWO English exam with a passing grade, or finished an English-taught university-level course, as well as native speakers.
If you do not yet meet the language requirement - please indicate also in the pdf file your feasible(!) plan to obtain the required language level. Language requirements can be found on the UU destination websites per university.
Examples of a feasible plan:
Student A: I did a Spanish language course in Spain last summer and I achieved level A2. I have registered for Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 courses at UU in semester 2 of this year, so I will obtain level B2 before I go on exchange to Valencia in semester 1 of the next academic year.
Student B: I have no language proficiencey in Italian at the moment, but I am going to register for a language course at institute X and I can obtain a certificate of level B2 here. I will take lessons 4 times a week and also do 8 hours a week of homework. The course starts on January 1 and the exam takes place on July 1. This way I can go on an exchange in semester 1 with the right level.
Student C: I did my VWO final exam in French where I achieved level B1-B2. To make sure that I can follow the courses at my host university, I will refresh my French by taking a B2 course at institute X. Allowing me to go on an exchange with the right language proficiency in semester 2.This course takes place from September 1 to December 1.
Examples of an insufficient plan:
Student D: I have downloaded Duolingo on my phone and will watch the series 'Casa de Papel' and 'Élite' on Netflix to learn Spanish.
Student E: I have no proficiency in X yet, but I'm going to do a language course at the host university just before the start of the semester.
For more information on the application instruction for Studying Abroad, see this UU webpage.
After you have completed your Study Abroad application request in Osiris Student and have uploaded all the necessary documents, the International Exchange Office (IEO) will start the allocation procedure.
- The allocation process consists of several rounds and deadlines. After applying for the first deadline of December 1st, a student’s first-choice destination will be considered. For each application, the IEO will check if it meets the admission requirements of the chosen partner university.
- If the amount of applications for a university exceeds the number of available places, the places will be allocated by drawing lots (at the School of Governance an extra selection process will be executed). If you are not allocated to your preferred first-choice destination, your second and third-choice destinations will be considered if they still have places available. If necessary, these places will again be allocated by drawing lots.
- You will be notified of the allocation outcome late January.
- In rare cases, a student cannot be allocated to any of their top-3 destinations. You will then be allowed to choose a new destination top-3, based on the places that are still available. Your application will have priority over applications that were not submitted before the December 1st deadline.
- We assume that you choose your top-3 destinations very carefully. You will not be able to switch destinations after being allocated.
- The IEO does not keep a waiting list for destinations that are full.
After the allocation procedure
Following the allocation procedure, the nominating phase starts.
- The IEO will nominate you at your assigned host university to study there as an exchange student.
- The host university will send you their application instructions and other practical information about their institution.
- After you have submitted your application, the host university will examine it. They will inform you whether you are officially accepted as an exchange student. (It is very rare that a nominated exchange student is not accepted into their host university.)
After the allocation process, a list of remaining places will be published. In case you were not allocated to one of your top-3 destinations, you can choose a new top-3 from this list.
After you have been allocated to a destination, you will also be required to prepare for the application for the host university. Furthermore you will have to arrange all kind of things before your departure.
A few months before your exchange begins, you will be invited to the Pre-departure Meeting. You can find the presentations of these meetings below. During this session your exchange coordinator will tell you more about (preparing for) your exchange. You will also receive the Exchange Guide for further information.
You can find us at the Student Services Desk of the Law department at Janskerkhof 2-3 every Monday from 3.00 to 4.30 PM.
You will be able to reach us by phone on Monday and Thursday from 1.30 to 3 PM +31 (0)30 253 7289.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or the signing of documents. Please mention your UU student number and field of study in your email.
Floris Bouwman / Manuela Van Vlasselaer
Europe: Tessa Brassé
non-Europe: Paula Banning
For questions or appointments, please contact the exchange coordinators at email@example.com.
International Exchange Office - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
3512 BK Utrecht