International opportunities

An international exchange study module provides students with experiences and studies different from their home countries and, of course, a nice addition to a CV.

Depending on the subject, student exchange and internship opportunities are available around the world. Most exchanges are with European countries, but cooperation agreements have also been signed with countries in Asia, Africa and North America. After you have started your studies you will get more detailed information on embarking on an exchange period.

Your personal study plan should be drawn up so that the future exchange period abroad is taken into account in the timing of the studies, and the studies supporting the exchange, such as language studies, are performed sufficiently before leaving for student exchange. Once abroad, studies are usually conducted in English. If a student planning to go on student exchange is not going to an English-speaking country, he or she should complete, at the very least, a basic course in the language of the target country, as this will promote his or her adaptation to the conditions in the target country.

The recommended duration of the exchange period is 3-12 months. Students leaving for student exchange are usually provided with a grant. Students can also receive student benefit for their exchange studies.

A successful exchange period requires thorough preparation. You should start planning your studies abroad at least six months before the intended exchange period. Your study plan must be planned and accepted both by your own university of applied sciences and your target higher education institute. Accommodation needs to be organised and you should also reserve time for getting acquainted with the local culture and the language of the target country. The application period for student exchange is from 15 January to 28 February every year, but you can also inquire at other times about places that have not been filled. More information about the completion of the exchange period is available from the international coordinator at your campus.