Each year the FSBS International Office organises an information session about studying abroad in October. All undergraduate students receive an email in September with an invitation to the information session. 

The session mainly focuses on undergraduate students and will be held in Dutch. Attending this information session is an important first step in finding out how to study abroad.


In order to register for an exchange, you must formulate a ‘studyplan’. Please use the correct format. Two things should be included in your studyplan:

  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: A signature on the Studyplan is not needed for students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. You can upload the studyplan 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 in 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 to 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 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.

The International Office:

Bart Weerdenburg, Head of the International Office

Responsible for the internationalization policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Loes van Velzen, Exchange coordinator – Outgoing exchange students

Contact person for students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences who want to go on an exchange.

Nicole van den Hoeven – Sneijder, Exchange coordinator – Incoming exchange students

Contact person for international students who come to Utrecht for an exchange at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Maaike Goselink, Exchange coordinator – Outgoing exchange students

Contact person for students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences who want to go on an exchange.


Due to the corona virus, all of our walk-in hours are cancelled until further notice. You can reach us via e-mail and phone.

E-mail: io.sbs@uu.nl
Tel: +31 (0)30 253 3659, from Monday to Thursday.