Each year, the FSBS International Office organises an information session about studying abroad. This information session takes place on Thursday 10 October. The session mainly focuses on undergraduate studies and will be held in Dutch. Attending this information session is an important first step in finding out how to study abroad.

>> More information about our information session in 2019 (in Dutch).

In order to register for an exchange, you must formulate a ‘study plan’. Two things should be included in your study plan:

  1. A detailed plan for the continuation of your studies in Utrecht, including which components (required and elective courses) you still need to complete to finish your study. In this plan you must also include:
  2. The period in which you will be abroad, which courses you will take while there and how many credits are assigned to these courses.

Fill in your study plan as completely and in as much detail as possible.

If you would like help in drawing up your study plan, you can consult your tutor or one of the study advisors. If you have trouble selecting courses abroad, you can seek advice from the International Office.

Please note: The study plan also requires a signature from the faculty. This is not needed for students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. You can upload the study plan without a signature.

Please note: It can be difficult to find information on courses at the partner university and it is often impossible to find out in advance exactly which courses will be offered. In that case, base your choice on the courses offered from the previous year or on the courses you are able to find. 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.

When you go on exchange, you are required to add the courses you took abroad into your study programme. In doing so, you will need the formal approval of the Board of Examiners.

As soon as you are sure which courses you want to take, you can request this formal approval from the Board of Examiners, which will determine whether the courses are at a sufficient academic level (Bachelor’s/Master’s). The Board will also check whether there is (too much) overlap with other components of your programme. If there is too much overlap, both overlapping components cannot be counted towards your diploma.

It is advisable to submit a course component for approval just before you leave or just after you arrive at the exchange university. After all, your request may be denied and it would, of course, be very unfortunate to hear this after you’ve already taken the course. If something changes during your stay, you must once again submit your request for approval to the Board of Examiners.

How do I gain approval?
Complete the approval of courses abroad form and send it, together with (a link to) the course descriptions, to the Board of Examiners (examencommissie.fsw@uu.nl). Within two weeks, you will be notified whether the Board has approved the subjects you have chosen.

Your programme may have special rules or may offer special programmes abroad, so always check the specific information on studying abroad for your programme. The websites for the programmes are all in Dutch.

Note: This information is for Bachelor students only, because the study abroad exchange programmes are only open for Bachelor students. If you are a Master student and interested in going abroad, please check the students website of your own Master programme for more information about the possibilities. 

Bart Weerdenburg, Loes van Velzen, Nicole van der Hoeven - Sneijder

The International office offers information and support for incoming and outgoing exchange students of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Contact us if you have any questions about studying abroad on a temporary basis.


Due to the corona virus, all of our walk-in hours are cancelled until further notice. During office hours, you can still reach us by phone or mail. Please note, between July 16 and August 9, you can only reach us via email. 

E-mail: io.sbs@uu.nl
Tel: +31 (0)30 253 3659 (Mondays to Thursdays, not on Fridays)