Why you should go
Maybe needless to say, but here are some reasons why you should definitely go abroad:
... It will contribute to your personal development: a semester abroad will make you more independent and resourceful.
... Learning different habits and different scientific and educational approaches will broaden your horizon. You will get to know a new country, a new culture, and perhaps even a new language.
... It is a perfect opportunity to distinguish yourself from all the other Psychology students and to boost your CV!
Still not convinced to step out of your comfort zone?
- Don't worry about the costs. There are many grants, both within and outside of Europe. Some destinations are more expensive than others, so choose a destination that suits your budget. In addition, if you normally use a Dutch student travel card (week or weekend OV card), you will receive an allowance of nearly 100 euros per month during your semester abroad. Subletting your room in Nijmegen is another way of saving money.
- There is no need to be afraid of a delay in your studies! A semester abroad fits into your third bachelor's year. If you complete all B1 and B2 courses by 31 August at the latest, you will be allowed to write your Bachelor's thesis in the first semester of the third year and go abroad in the second semester. You will choose both your domain electives and your free electives at a foreign university. This way you can complete your Bachelor's at the end of your semester abroad. This also holds for Honours students and for students who wish to meet the BAPD requirements.
- Don't panic about the paperwork! Erasmus+ holds pretty straightforward and transparent procedures. More effort and self-initiative are required to study outside of Europe. The International Officer of Psychology can help you by providing information, e.g. on contact persons and available grants.
Convinced? Move on to the next step: Start exploring as early as possible!