Step 5. After your exchange
Welcome back; we hope you’ve had an invaluable and enjoyable time abroad!
It’s important for you to have your credits registered. Read the information below carefully to check you haven’t forgotten anything. We do of course hope that you will also share your experiences for future students!
Most partner universities send the transcript of records to the International Office, but check that this has actually been done. It is your responsibility to enter your study results on your UU list of marks.
Converting credits achieved abroad is regulated in the Education and Examination Regulation of your degree programme, and the authority to do so rests with the Board of Examiners.
Most European universities use EC (European credits) and normally you achieve 30 EC per semester. For universities that do not use EC, a conversion table is available.
In order for your credits to count towards your diploma, you may be asked to provide extra information alongside the transcript of records, such how many hours you spent on a particular subject and what study materials you used for it.
Results achieved abroad are converted into a pass or fail (V/ONV, voldoende/onvoldoende). The grades you receive abroad will thus not be weighed in your grade average. The original subjects and grades will also be recorded in Osiris and printed on the International Diploma Supplement. Go to the Education and Examination Regulations for your degree programme to find out precisely how this is done.
Share your experiences by:
- Writing a report: students with an Erasmus+ grant / all other students. Your report will be made available to UU students who are considering and preparing for an exchange, placement or research period abroad. Your name and student number will be removed from the document. If you have been on an exchange through a university-wide partner, send your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have been on an exchange through a faculty partner, send your report to the International Office of your faculty.
- Helping during a ‘Studying Abroad’ presentation or pre-departure session
- Talking with other students about your experiences and answering their questions. Both they and staff at the International Office will be very grateful! Contact the International Office for more information.
Using your international experience in Utrecht
- Do you want to get to know and help international students in Utrecht? Then go to the website of ESN Utrecht. ESN is a student organisation that helps international students feel at home in Utrecht and the Netherlands by organising activities and through mentor programmes.
- BuddyGoDutch links international students on a one-to-one basis with students in Utrecht during their entire stay. The idea is that you meet up with your international buddy and share your cultures in a personal way. Optional activities and drinks parties are also organised. We are always looking for outgoing and enthusiastic students in Utrecht. If you would like to be a buddy for an exchange student, sign up at www.buddygodutch.nl, or check Facebook/BuddyGoDutch.
- Do you want to continue expanding your horizons, even after your return? Then join AEGEE-Utrecht. AEGEE-Utrecht, besides being a social club in Utrecht, is part of a network within Europe. With 13,000 members in 40 countries, it offers you the opportunity almost every week to travel and get to know new people, countries and cultures. From lectures to winter sports, all kinds of things are possible. You can sign up any time throughout the year.