Checklist for new exchange students
Interested in visiting the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (Human Geography, Planning, Demography) of the University of Groningen as an exchange student? Please note we do not have on-line application forms. Instead, this is what you need to do:
Make sure you are enrolled at a partner university of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences/University of Groningen. See this link. If you are not presently enrolled at a partner university, see this message - as you can read, we can only accept a small number of exchange students from non-partner universities.
Make sure that you are nominated by e-mail by your home university. Your International Office, or Study Abroad Office, or departmental/degree coordinator, should nominate you by email. We will only be able to communicate with you, or to enroll you, after we have received the nomination. The nomination should include:
- your name,
- your sex (male or female),
- your email address,
- your date of birth,
- the requested exchange period: first semester (Autumn) or second semester (Spring) (see this link for the academic timetable)
- and your current degree level (bachelor, master, or PhD) as well as the title/subject of your degree (e.g., 'Human geography', 'Planning').
- Only for partner university students: If applicable (see #5 below), the nomination should also include a written declaration that you have a (very) good command of English in speaking and writing. If this declaration is not included, and you are not enrolled at a partner university in one of the countries specified in #5 below, you should prepare to submit proof of a sufficient command of the English language yourself, once you have been accepted.
This nomination should be emailed to the coordinator of the international student exchange programmes of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Paul van Steen.
If you can be accepted as a visiting exchange student, you will receive an acceptance email from Paul van Steen. Read this email carefully and save it. It has a lot of important information. That acceptance email has more specific and detailed information on items #4, #5, #6, #7 and #8 (see below).
Apply for housing, and pay the required fees in advance and on time. Make sure to apply for housing in time (before May 1st for first semester arrivals, before November 1st for second semester arrivals), and to pay as soon as the SSH asks you to do so. See the explanations on the application process and other regulations that will be sent to you with the acceptance email. Be advised that the rental agreements for housing in an international student house are always 5 months or 10 months for exchange students.
If required: submit proof of a sufficient command of the English language. Minimum levels: IELTCS Academic 6, TOEFL internet based 80, TOEFL paper based 550, Cambridge Advanced English C, B or A, Cambridge Proficiency C, B or A. CEFR test B2/C1. Students from partner universities from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany and Austria do not need to submit proof of a sufficient command of the English language. Students from other partner universities do not need to submit proof of a sufficient command of the English language only if in the nomination letter/email a representative of the home university declares the student has a good command of English in speaking and writing. Students from non-partner universities always need to submit proof of a sufficient command of the English language.
If applicable: apply for a temporary residence permit/visa in time and, if necessary, make the necessary payment in time. See the explanation in the acceptance email.
Make first course selections, and get approval from your home university to take these courses. See our overview of course options here. There are 2 semesters, each divided into 2 teaching terms. You can take 15 credits (EC's) in each of the 4 teaching terms, so 30 credits in one full semester and 60 credits in one full year. You are required to take all or most of your courses at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences or from the Dutch Studies program. (All visiting exchange students are required to take the course "Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies: The Dutch Experience", 10 EC, in semester 1-a or semester 2-a). Submit your course preferences by sending an email directly to Paul van Steen before June 1st (for first semester arrivals) or before December 1st (for second semester arrivals). See the explanation in the acceptance email.
As soon as you are requested to do so, send in documentation necessary for your timely registration as a visiting exchange student. Respond timely to our request to send in specific (photocopies or scans of) documents. See the explanation in the acceptance email.
Remember that you are required to attend the University of Groningen's Welcoming Ceremony for newly arrived international students, and, even more important, the "Faculty of Spatial Sciences Acquaintance and Information session" (usually delivered on Friday before the start of the teaching term).
As will be explained in our acceptance email, we do NOT have online application or registration forms. We do NOT have so-called 'learning agreement' forms online. We can not accept students that (plan to) arrive after the late August or late January "Welcoming Ceremony" and "Faculty of Spatial Sciences Acquaintance and Information session".
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