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Studying abroad for students of Spatial Sciences

Every year dozens of students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences take part in an exchange programme with a foreign university. These student exchange or study abroad programmes are available to bachelor students (third year) and to master level students. Students who are considering to participate in an exchange programme are advised to read this brochure first. It is important to explore the possibilities where you can go and what you can study abroad. It is equally important to plan your own study programme and your progress. You can ask Paul van Steen to get access to the Nestor Organization Spatial Sciences Abroad. Here you can see student experiences reports for a large number of student exchange partner universities.

1. Planning your exchange

Each year in November, an information meeting on student exchange options for students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences is organized. In the remaining teaching weeks of semester 1b (mid-November to late January) you can arrange for a personal meeting with the exchange coordinator, Paul van Steen, in his office. See the sign-up lists on his door room (room 5417.0019, Mercator) or visit him during one of his open office hours. You can apply for participation in an exchange program by means of an application document, that needs to be filled in and submitted not later than January 31, 2019. In the months of February and March the selection procedures will take place and the application procedures for visiting foreign universities will be started.  

1.1. Information session Monday November 20, 2017

On Monday November 20, 2017, an information session for students wanting to go abroad in the academic year 2018-2019 or later was delivered. The powerpoint that was presented and discussed can be found here - you are advised to search for information in this powerpoint!

1.2. Personal advice on your exchange options

Students are advised to have a personal advisory meeting with the exchange coordinator, Paul van Steen, to discuss options or plans for studying abroad. You can visit Paul van Steen during his open office hours. If you want to participate in a specific exchange program together with one or more other FRW students, you are advised to visit Paul van Steen together.


Almost 60 students from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences will participate in the many student exchange cooperations the Faculty of Spatial Sciences has established. As of February 27, 2018, there are however still spots available for Spatial Sciences students to go on exchange. Available slots are to be found in:

  • United Kingdom: Reading
  • United Kingdom: Southampton
  • United Kingdom: Leeds
  • United Kingdom: Newcastle
  • United Kingdom: Cardiff
  • United Kingdom (Northern Ireland): Coleraine
  • Poland: Krakow
  • Poland: Wroclaw
  • Latvia: Riga
  • Estonia: Tallinn
  • Germany: Muenster
  • Germany: Bremen
  • Germany: Oldenburg
  • Hungary: Pecs

If you are interested to go on exchange to one of these places, visit Paul van Steen as soon as possible during one of his open office hours !

2. Application and selection procedures

2.1. Application form

The application form to sign up for your exchange programme is available in hard copy at the Student Support Desk (5417.0034), Monday-Thursday 12:00-14:00. You can also download it here. You have to hand this in (in mailbox Paul van Steen, ground floor Mercator building) on or before Wednesday, January 31, 2018. You only need to submit the one page application form; you do not need to submit other documents (e.g., transcript of records, recommendation letters or motivation letters)

2.2. Selection procedure

What happens after you have submitted your application form?

  1. A quick check will take place: are you a student in Spatial Sciences, what is your progress in your educational programme, are your preferred destinations possible (in terms of your educational programme, the academic timetable, etc.). If necessary, you will be emailed and asked to submit additional information or to discuss your interests as included on the application form.
  2. Each year, for a few destinations, the number of students interested in the exchange is higher than the number of places available. (As the maximum number of students in the exchange has been agreed upon beforehand). For these destinations, Paul van Steen will first contact the partner university to see if more students from Spatial Sciences might be welcomed. Also, Paul van Steen will invite the students to see if their exchange interests or goals could perhaps not be better or equally satisfied at other partner universities.
  3. Sometimes it is necessary to add a selection procedure in order to determine which students can be exchanged to the partner universities for which the interest is higher than the available exchange capacity. The selection will require that students write a motivation letter. These motivation letters, together with information on the progress in the educational programme as well as the grades achieved so far, will be assessed by a number of teachers. This will result in a ranking of the candidates. Students that are not selected for participation in the exchange programme of their first interest, will be prioritized, if possible, for their 2nd or 3rd preferred university.
  4. Finally, the procedures for applying for a scholarship (Erasmus+, Marco Polo, GUF) will be explained and started, as well as the procedures for applying for the student exchange programme with the foreign university where you will go to. The latter also includes, if applicable, the housing application process.

3. Reading up on your possibilities

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