Erasmus+ - Studies or Internship? Or even further away?
Would you like to broaden your horizon during your studies? In that case, a stay abroad is the way to go.
During your studies at VUB, you can study at another European university for a period of 3 up to 10 months through the Erasmus+ programme. Please note, it is only possible to study at universities the Faculty has an inter-institutional agreement with.
Or you can do an internship abroad, either during your studies or within 12 months after graduation, and gain minimum two months of work experience. You can decide where you would like to do your internship in agreement with the course titular and/or exchange coordinator.
There is also a host of other exchange and scholarship programmes that give you the opportunity to study outside of Europe. How about a semester in Brazil, South Korea or Canada?
10 reasons to go on exchange
Not convinced yet? Maybe these 10 reasons to go on exchange can persuade you!
1. Broaden your horizon. The world is a fascinating place waiting to be discovered.
2. Increase your employability: exchange abroad shows you are adaptable, independent, resourceful, responsible and work well in an international context.
3. Get a taste of what studying and living abroad means.
4. Make friends from all over the world. An international network means you will never again need hotels or hostels while traveling.
5. If you ever wish to be eligible for a research scholarship, such as FWO, experience abroad is indispensable.
6. Learn a new language or practice one you already know.
7. Travel further afield. Use your host institution as a basecamp for exploring everything your host country and its neighbouring countries have to offer.
8. It’s not a lost semester. It counts towards your degree and will help you develop life skills that are not taught in the lecture hall.
9. See it as a chance to try new things: courses, foods, lifestyles, …
10. Erasmus+ - and other exchange schemes - grant you a scholarship to study abroad, which means you can study at top universities without having to pay their tuition fee.
- Biology: Prof. Marc Kochzius
- Bio-engineering sciences: Prof. Wim Vranken
- Chemistry: Prof. Yue Gao
- Computer science: Prof. Beat Signer
- Physics: Prof. Sophie De Buyl
- Geography: Prof. Matthieu Kervyn
- Urban Studies: Prof. Bas Van Heur
- Urban Design and Spatial Planning: Prof. Fabio Vanin
- Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management: Karolien Van Puyvelde
- Wiskunde: Prof. Uwe Einmahl
Yes, there is quite some paperwork involved, but do not let that hold you back. If you consult the Faculty's exchange manual, it cannot go wrong.
You can take a look at the list of Erasmus destinations, listed by department. For non-EU exchange the agreements are negotiated on an institutional level. You can check the list of destinations here.
The Exchange Team offers the administrative support for outgoing exchange students. You can contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
They did it!
Do you want to read testimonials from students who went before you? Take a look here.
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is an international student organisation and has as its mission the representation of international and exchange students.
Through ESN you can also make a first contact with students from the countries and universities of your choice.