Checklist for your stay abroad

This page contains information about what you will need to consider and whom you can contact with any questions.


  1. Think of where you would like to stay abroad

    Do you want to study abroad? Or do you want to have an internship abroad? You can find an overview of all the partners of Radboud University where you can study abroad on this page with destinations .

    Go to the Go Abroad Week, talk to students who have already gone abroad, or check the student reports made by students who have already been on an exchange.

    Go to student reports.


  2. Admission requirements

    You can apply for a study exchange if you have completed at least 60 ECTS in your bachelor programme. If you have any further questions regarding your eligibility for a study exchange or if you want to go abroad as a part of your master programme, please contact your faculty International Office to discuss the possibilities.


  3. Think about the finances

    Be sure to check if you have enough budget to go study abroad. Please use this template  this template to determine the expenses.

  4. Coordinate with the International Office

    The faculty coordinators from the International Office are your first point of contact for all matters relating to your stay abroad. You can ask them for advice on things as your destination, the best time to go abroad and grant applications. Once these matters have been clarified, you can make more informed choices and take  more concrete steps.

    Faculties' International Offices

  5. Apply for a stay abroad in Osiris

    Some partner universities have certain criteria such as GPA or language requirements (most often English or Spanish, depending on the language of instruction of your courses) you must meet before applying. Be sure to check if you meet the requirements of the partner university beforehand by using the fact sheet or the website of the partner university.

    Submit in Osiris Student a request to stay abroad. You can give your top 4 (but at least 2) of the partner institutions where you would like to go to.

    Your application will be processed and you will be sent an email to inform you about your selection and potential offer after the deadline.


  6. Deadlines for applying for non-EU destinations in Osiris

    For both the first semester as well as the second semester

    14 january 2024: 23:59 (CEST)

    Or follow any potentially different faculty applications deadline.

    If you have missed this deadline you can contact your Faculty International Office until 10 September to apply for an exchange in semester 2. Please note that there will be fewer possibilities. 

  7. Deadlines for applying for EU destinations in Osiris

    For both the first semester as well as the second semester

    29 February 2024: 23:59 (CEST)

  8. Apply for your grant

    There are several grants that you can apply for, but your choice will depend on your destination, the duration of your placement and the current stage of your studies. You will receive an email with more information on which grant you shall receive and how to apply for it once your stay abroad has been approved in Osiris.

    Click here to see the options

  9. Check the safety guidelines for international travel

    The Executive Board bears a duty of care for our university's students and staff abroad. It therefore aims to ensure that its staff members and students do not find themselves in an unsafe situation while they are abroad. 

    Read more

  10. Sort out the practicalities

    No two study abroad placements are the same. However, there are a number of useful guidelines that can help you to prepare for your time abroad. For example, there is the Wil Weg Checklist, or the government’s checklist, which can help you to prepare for your study programme or internship.

  11. Compile your most important documents

    Remember to take a list of important information and contact details with you as well as copies of your passport and travel insurance policy. Make sure that you have both digital and paper versions of this information. There is a possibility that you could lose your identity documents, your laptop or your mobile phone, or that you find yourself in an area where there is temporarily no internet or no internet at all.

    For example, think about:

    • Copies of official documents, such as your passport;
    • Travel insurance;
    • Telephone numbers for contact persons at the higher education institution or the internship provider, local embassies or consulates, insurance companies and banks;
    • Your blood type and other medical information.

    Make sure that you also leave copies of this information with your home contact.

  12. Make sure that you have the proper insurance

    It is important that you have the proper insurance before you leave for your stay abroad. You may choose to take out additional insurance or special student insurance, but that will depend on your situation. 

    You can easily check if you are adequately insured for your study abroad placement via the Aon Students Insurance QuickScan. AON is a partner of Radboud University. You can also add additional insurance products at any time. You are free to choose another insurer.

  13. Deactivate your public transport pass

    When you go abroad to study or do an internship, you can get a public transport allowance instead of a public transport pass. In such circumstances, you will need to deactivate your public transport pass. Click here to find out about how you can deactivate your pass. 

    Requesting a public transport allowance with your grant application

    When you go away on a grant programme, the grant application procedure that you will need to follow will also include a request for your public transport allowance. This means that you won’t need to arrange this allowance separately. In practical terms it means:

    • We will send you a partially completed and signed form by email
    • You will then need to complete this form yourself
    • You will need to attach the form as a PDF when you submit your online application for a public transport allowance to DUO
    • For this purpose, you must log in to My DUO.
  14. Sublet your room

    If you go abroad temporarily, it can be financially beneficial to sublet your room (even if you rent accommodation from the Student Housing Association (SSHN)). Radboud University can help you with this. If you go away during the first semester, you may be eligible for a €350 bonus. 

    Am I eligible for a €350 bonus?

    Check the terms and conditions

    Apply to sublet your room

    You will need to register your room before June 1. Once you have registered your room, you can expect to hear from us by 30 June. If you have any other questions, please send an email to: housing [at] (housing[at]ru[dot]nl)

  15. Prepare by working on your language skills

    If you speak the language spoken at your destination, you will get the most out of your experience abroad. At Radboud in'to Languages, you can learn 17 different languages or improve your English if it is not yet at the required level. As a student, you get a 50% discount on language courses.

    Check here what's on offer!

  16. Going to the United Kingdom?

    If your study abroad placement is due to take place in the UK, there may be some additional things that you will need to consider.

    Read more

  17. During your stay abroad

    We assume that everything goes well during your stay abroad. But what if things get tough?  Then know that you can make use of all forms of assistance offered by Student Support during your stay abroad.

    Student support

    What to do in case of emergencies abroad?

    In the unfortunate case of unrest  in the country where you are staying, or in the case of another emergency, please check the info on emergencies abroad on the following information pages.

    Emergencies abroad

  18. Right before you travel back home

    Check what you have to do to get the remaining payment of your grant, so make sure to check the conditions of your scholarship or grant before heading back home.

  19. Back in the Netherlands

    Once you're back in the Netherlands, you might need to arrange certain things regarding your grades, grant or scholarship. Find more information in the checklist for after your stay abroad.

    Checklist for after your stay abroad