Within the Master’s Programme it might be possible to take a look behind the scenes of an organisation, by doing external research as part of your Master's thesis.

If you would like to make use of this possibility, it is advisable to prepare yourself at an early stage. First of all, contact your master's coordinator. Further, make sure that:

  • You know which requirements external research should fulfill, as a part of the Master's thesis.
  • The external organisation can put an adequate and active supervisor at the student’s disposal.
  • The external research fits in with the expertise of the primary supervisor from U.S.E.
  • The external research contains a clear-cut assignment and time path, which guarantee that the student will not become pressed for time.
  • Preferably, the external research is arranged as early as December.
  • Note that: the external research is considered complete only if the student, the external organisation and the primary supervisor from U.S.E. approve of the problem statement, methodology and output. The external research’s output is made available to the primary supervisor of U.S.E.

For more information on this possibility, please check the heading 'Thesis' under 'Study Programme' in the menu on the left-hand side of this page.


Corona virus: Utrecht University follows the travel advice given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, see below

An internship abroad will take more time to arrange than an internship in the Netherlands. You should start at least six months to one year prior to your anticipated internship, taking the following things into account:

  • Download the international internship agreement by the EAIE and additional information on liability.
  • You will need to register your internship abroad in Osiris:
    • Go to www.uu.nl/osirisstudent
    • Click on the tab 'abroad'
    • Go to 'new request'
    • Choose 'internship/(field)research/other stay abroad'

    Once you have submitted your registration, be sure to inform your internship coordinator of this by email.

  • International internships can be expensive. Fortunately, there are all manner of strategies to minimise the costs:
    • It is often possible to retain your DUO student grant during your stay abroad and to reimburse your student public transport. Be sure to finalise all arrangements with DUO at least two months prior to departure.
    • If you complete your internship in an EU Member State, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Turkey, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant.
    • www.wilweg.nl: for a public/private fund for financial support to cover the costs of living abroad,
    • if you have already found a potential fund, you may require a letter of recommendation from the student counsellorer as part of your application.
  • Visa and premits
    • If you complete your internship in the EU, you do not require a visa or a work permit.
    • If you complete your internship in a non‑EU country, you will always require a work permit and/or a visa. Bear in mind that the processing time for visa/work permits can be long. Some developing nations can take up to a year to complete these administrative procedures.
    • Visit the WilWeg website (in Dutch) for more detailed information about 50 countries.
  • Insurance
    • The validity of your health insurance while completing your internship depends on such factors as the amount of internship pay, the length of your internship, and your age. Visit the WilWeg website (in Dutch) for further information about health insurance.
    • It is important to thoroughly check your insurance before an agreement is signed. This includes research on which insurance you (should) have and how things are handled according to law and the internship agreement.
  • Health and safety
    • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in Dutch) publishes travel advisories for nearly every destination in the world. Each country is rated in terms of safety, ranging from Level 1 (no notable safety risks) to Level 6 (travel to this country discouraged).
  • Travel advisories
    When considering possible destinations, please bear in mind that Utrecht University adheres to all travel advisories issued by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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.

Students with a disability may face more challenges in finding an appropriate internship. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are aware of the needs of students with a disability and are taking steps to make it easier to complete internships. Please bear in mind that it may take longer to find an appropriate internship.

For information on internships for students with a disabilty, you can visit the websites:

Student athletes may face more difficult challenges in finding an appropriate internship. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are aware of the needs of this group of student interns and are taking steps to make it easier for this target group to complete internships (e.g. flexible working hours and a longer internship duration).

Medical programme
If you are combining a Utrecht University medical programme with a sports career ask your student advisor whether you are eligible for a declaration to minimise the distance you have to commute to your internship post (known in Dutch as a ‘dichtbijverklaring’). This document will, for instance, enable you to serve as a junior house officer at a hospital in your place of study or where you train.