Are you thinking of studying abroad? Here you’ll find information on some of the things you need to take into account when planning an exchange. For example: the conditions you need to meet and the deadlines you need to keep an eye on.

Find your destination!
Check the list of destinations of Utrecht University. 

Go to one of the Study Abroad Meetings

Keep in mind what the expenses will be for your stay abroad and how you will fund it.


When choosing your exchange destination, keep the following in mind: Utrecht University follows the advice given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This means students are not allowed to plan their studies, internship / resident, in a region which is coded red or orange (see table below) .

The colour codes have the following explanation:

Green no special security risks
Yellow attention: security risks
Orange travel only when necessary
Red do not travel

The International Offices of Utrecht University are informed about the travel advice. When code red or orange is given, students are not allowed to travel. Utrecht University will not sign agreements with other universities, situated in an area coded red or orange. Study programmes and boards of examiners are advised not to approve plans, award credits or award grants for study related activities in these areas.

In case the travel advice from the Ministry changes during your stay abroad, Utrecht University will always contact the individual student to reconcile and talk about the options available.

When considering possible destinations, please bear in mind that Utrecht University adheres to all travel advisories issued by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Students are not allowed to study abroad, perform internships (including residencies) and/or conduct research in any area deemed unsafe by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as indicated by the colour classfications orange (essential travel only) or red (do not travel here).

The full list of classifications is as follows:

Green No particular safety risks
Yellow Use caution, some safety risks
Orange Essential travel only
Red Do not travel here

The international offices at Utrecht University are aware of these travel advisories and will not send students on exchange to partners if the relevant area is classified orange or red, or is likely to become so in the near future.

Utrecht University will also decline exchange agreements with institutions in regions classified orange or red. Programmes and exam committees are advised not to approve any plans, grant any funds or assign any credits for study-related activities in these regions.

In order to participate in an exchange, you have to meet the following criteria:

  • You must remain registered with Utrecht University as a full-time student, and pay tuition fee;  
  • You must have completed at least 60 EC prior to the start of your exchange;
  • The courses you will follow abroad must be brought into your study programme at Utrecht University;
  • Your study programme will have additional conditions. Make sure you check these before starting your application!

You can submit your application for an exchange in 2019-2020 up to and including

2 December 2019

UCU and UCR have a different application process and deadline.

It is very important to plan your exchange carefully, taking the following aspects into account:

  • In which semester do you want to go?
  • The academic calendar of your host university may differ from that of Utrecht University. To avoid conflicts with your overall study schedule, you need to consider this well in advance.
  • Discuss your study plans with your Study Advisor or Tutor.

You can choose from the universitywide destinations and the destinations of your faculty. When deciding where to go you might want to consider the folowing aspects:

  • the courses on offer
  • the reputation of the host university
  • whether you are proficient in the language of instruction
  • the costs of living

Also read the experiences of students who have studied abroad at the destination of your choice. You can also visit the study abroad meetings that are organised from September – December and/or contact the International Office.

Go to the overview of all exchange destinations of Utrecht University.

  • To find courses you need to search through the website of the host university yourself. You can choose from the courses that are offered this year. In the summary of most partner universities you will find a direct link to their course information.
  • Check your faculties page (the ‘Study abroad’ pages) for any specific conditions that may apply. Here you will also find information on where and how to get your study plan approved and signed. You need to do this before you can apply in Osiris.
  • Note: an approved study plan is not the same as the formal recognition for the courses you will follow into your curriculum at Utrecht University. An approved study plan is also no guarantee that you will receive 30 ECTS for one semester. At Utrecht University, there are no general rules for converting study credits and marks you gained abroad. This authority lies with the Board of Examiners of each individual study programme. This means that each Board of Examiners may apply its own system of conversion. The summary of each partner university on our website contains information about the credit and grading system at that university.