Go abroad: why and when?

Why go abroad?

The Faculty of Arts has plenty of opportunities for students who are interested in studying or interning abroad. Nearly all programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts have international contacts. In many cases, you can draw on the networks of other programmes as well.

For many students, studying or interning abroad is an unforgettable experience. It helps you focus on your personal development, forces you out of your comfort zone and is the perfect opportunity to learn or master a foreign language. In terms of job prospects, employers often consider time spent abroad to be a real advantage.

When to go abroad?

While most students go abroad during the Bachelor’s phase, some choose to do so during their Master's. You could for instance carry out a research study as part of your Master's thesis instead. If you plan on enrolling in a Master's programme, you can also choose to do your full Master's programme abroad.

Students who go abroad during the Bachelor's programme usually do so as part of a minor. As a rule, a one-semester stay seems to be the best option. To obtain credits for the courses you take abroad, you can take a final exam or test at the end of the course. This semester consists of a study abroad minor worth either 15 or 30 ECTS.

Certain programmes allow you to take some of the mandatory courses from your major abroad. An example would be to replace a course with a similar course offered by your host university. In some cases, it may even be possible to write your Bachelor's thesis abroad. You always have to consult with your student advisor in advance and request permission from your programme's examination board.

Radboud Go Abroad

Are you considering going on exchange but are you unsure what steps to take? Twice a year the International Office, together with International Office Arts and the other faculty departments, organises Radboud Go Abroad. This week aims to offer the following:

  • We provide all necessary information – often specific to your course of study- and a step-by-step action plan
  • Learn about experiences from students who have been abroad before you
  • Have your questions about studies or internships abroad answered on the spot