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.

Of course you have already checked the information of your Faculty. Now it is time to: 

Find your destination!
Read the information below to understand when to apply, find the available places. On this page you will also find the procedures and deadlines

Would you like more information about a specific university, then check the details and student experiences per university

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 Dutch 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), without consultation with the UU.

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. Study programmes and boards of examiners are advised not to approve plans, award credits or award grants for study related activities in these areas.

Should the official travel advice change to orange during your stay abroad, the university will always contact you. Because your safety is important to us, we aim to tailor our advice to your specific situation. Utrecht University may urgently advise you to return to the Netherlands. Discuss your situation with your exchange coordinator from the International Office, so that you can decide together which steps you should take to ensure your safety.

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!

The first deadline for application for exchange (in round 1) is always on December 1st the academic year before! This means that when you would like to go on exchange in academic year 2022-2023, you would have to apply in Osiris before December 1st 2021 (because the academic year before is 2021-2022).

Some of the universities you can choose from will be full after this first round. You will not be able to apply for those during round 2 or 3.

More information about available places for 2021-2022 

*UCU and UCR have a different application procedures and deadlines

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.