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: the conditions you need to meet, for example, and the deadlines you need to keep an eye on.

When choosing your exchange destination, keep the following in mind: Utrecht University follows the advice given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please check the Travel Advice page for more information. 

If you intend to do an internship or research abroad, please check the former link for more information.

All U.S.E. Bachelor's degree students who meet the following conditions can apply for a study abroad period: 

  1. You need to have obtained 60 EC the moment the International Exchange Office begins the allocation process (straight after the deadline);
  2. You need to be registered as a student at Utrecht University during your stay abroad;
  3. You are required to incorporate the courses taken abroad in your U.S.E. study programme;
  4. It is recommended to have good skills in the language of the host country.

U.S.E. partners

Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) has several partner universities. These have been chosen specifically for their economics department or courses, which complement the curriculum at U.S.E. well. Think of courses that fit in well with your own multidisciplinary programme or minor, or courses in the field of business economics, regional economics, governmental administration, etc.

Utrecht University wide destinations

Utrecht University currently has 95 partner universities in 42 countries worldwide.

Remember to check whether the UU-wide destination in which you are interested offers sufficient economics courses and if their quality is satisfactory. Utrecht University destinations are selected in accordance with the overall standard of the university, not on the strength of its economics programmes per se.

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 classifications orange (essential travel only) or red (do not travel here).

Before applying online:

  • Download the format of a study plan from the website (”Prepare the required documents”);
  • You have to make a study plan for your first choice partner university only. Attach the courses' titles, descriptions, levels, course codes, prerequisites and literature. Check how many ECTS you will need to receive abroad and mention the number of courses that correspond with this. Ensure that the courses you choose are open to exchange students, that they do not overlap with courses you have already taken at Utrecht and make sure they are at a sufficient level;
  • Book an appointment with one of the study advisors through to discuss your study plan. In October and November there are extra telephone hours during which you can discuss your study plan as well. These are on Tuesdays from 14.00-15.30. Phone number +31 (0)30 253 4070. Please mail your study plan in advance to Only study plans signed by the study advisor for an initial approval can be accepted.

Please note: The study plan is not the official approval. You will need to get this from the Board of Examiners AFTER you are enrolled for the courses at the partner university.

While making your study plan, please consider the following:

* Students with a dedicated minor can spend a period studying abroad, this is encouraged.
If the partner university offers courses in the direction of your dedicated minor, please ensure you choose these courses. However, this may not be possible at all partner universities, and for this reason U.S.E. is flexible in approving courses to be included in the dedicated minor. Please note, it is important to choose courses which can substitute minor courses. This means that the courses are required to be at a comparable level (level 3 for 3rd year students).

* Include a proposal on how you want the courses to count towards your exam programme. (For example, as a major-related elective, as an optional course profile.) Also include the level of the courses. You can only take a course as a substitution of a required course, if there is an overlap regarding level and content of at least 80%. The more information you include in your proposal, the quicker and easier it is to decide whether the courses will be approved.

* Upload the signed study plan and all other required documents as part of your on-line application in Osiris Student. You will receive an automatic generated email your application has been received and will be processed as soon as possible.

All the information on the application procedure (via Osiris Student) can be found on this website: “Submit your application by following these steps”.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Ensure you find a partner which offers sufficient courses to complement your BA Economics and Business Economics;
  • If you apply for one of the universitywide partner universities, your application will be handled by the Universitywide International Office. If you apply for a U.S.E. partner institution, the International Exchange Office of the faculty Law, Economics and Governance will process your request;
  • To increase your chances of getting an exchange place, we advise you to select a top 3 of destinations;
  • Late applications will only be considered for the remaining places;
  • Remaining places will be published after the selection of the (former) round has been finished.

There are three deadlines to apply for an exchange in 2021-2022:

  • December 1, 2020: applications for semester 1, semester 2 or a full year.
  • March 1, 2021: applications for semester 1, semester 2 or a full year.
  • June 15, 2021: applications for semester 2.

Please note:  Popular destinations may be full after the first deadline on December 1. After each application round, a new destination list is published on the website with the places that are still left open.

UCU and UCR have their own application procedure and deadline.

Please visit the Study Abroad page of the faculty Law, Economics and Governance for the allocation procedure.