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Orientation and Application

You are considering to go abroad during your studies. Which steps do you need to take next to realise your ambitions?

1. When to study abroad?

  • The Psychology Bachelor's programme has a ‘mobility window’: a period during which it is possible to go abroad without experiencing a delay in your studies. This is the second semester of your third year if you are following the regular planning without any delay. This is also possible when doing the Honours programme. Have a look at this overview of different versions of study plans. (pdf, 851 kB)
  • If you have study delay already, or if you want to prepare for the GZP Master during your Bachelor, please contact your student advisor to find out what the best period to study abroad is for you.
  • The Psychology Master’s programmes do not have a mobility window. You could decide to add an extra semester to take extra-curricular courses abroad. You might also be able to do your internship/thesis abroad though. Talk to the thesis-/internship coordinator of your programme about the options. Contact IOSS to find out if you are eligible for a grant.

2. Requirements

  • The requirements for going on an exchange as a Bachelor Psychology student are as follows: It is only possible in B3 or later. All courses of B1 must have been completed by 31 August (last August prior to your exchange). If you graduate in 3 years, you need to have B1 & B2 completed by 31 August.
  • There are no requirements for Master's students.

3. Choose a partner university

  • Have a look at the list of our European partner universities and our non-European partner universities
  • Check if the universities of your interest offer enough interesting courses in a language you speak in the semester you want to go. This is especially important if you need to take domain electives abroad! You can do so by looking for the current course guide for exchange students on the website of the partner university or contact the university directly if you cannot find it online.
  • What makes a course an eligible domain elective? It should have a psychological content, it should fit your domain (B&C/B&E/D&H), there shouldn’t be (hardly) any overlap with courses you have taken at RU or you will take at RU during your Bachelor and it must have some kind of examination that your grade is based on. For examples regarding what kind of courses can be considered domain electives, check the domain electives that our own programme offers (in the course guide) or the excel file with examples of courses (xlsx, 54 kB) that other students have previously chosen abroad.
  • Choose a destination that suits you and make sure you can motivate that choice.
  • Do you want to go to a university we don’t have a contract with? This is sometimes possible, often as a free mover. Please contact your preferred university for application details. As a free mover you will have to arrange everything yourself, but please always register in Osiris as a free mover. In that case, we can give you a grant.
  • Look at the student testimonials to read about the experiences of students who went on exchange in previous years. They may serve as an inspiration or can be used to get some tips and tricks. Furthermore, they give you an idea about a specific university, a city, or student life. Don’t rely on just hearsay about the course offer, always check it yourself, it may have changed in the meantime.

4. Application and deadlines

  • If you are sure that you want to apply for a stay abroad, please do so via OSIRIS Stay Abroad. More information here.
  • The deadlines to apply are: 15 January for non-European partner universities and 28 February for European partner universities in the academic year before the one you want to spend your semester abroad.
  • You can also apply after those deadlines. Then you can only choose from the destinations that are still available after the selection round. Contact us (ioss@ru.nl) to get the list of leftover places.
  • You will get notified about your non-European placement around 20 February. If you are not selected, you can try again for European destinations.
  • For additional information about the registration check the IOSS website.