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An internship or research project abroad is not only a fun and educational experience, it's also a great asset to your CV. As job markets are becoming increasingly international, employers tend to view international experience as a big advantage. Read more about how to arrange an internship or project abroad.

Take a look under your faculty or study programme tab for information about the options available for international internships or research projects.

Going abroad during your Astronomy bachelor's

As an Astronomy bachelor student, you have several opportunities for going abroad. You can either do this as part of your Astronomy bachelor's curriculum, or as an extracurricular activity.

As part of your Astronomy study programme

The most common option is to spend the free elective phase of your third year abroad at one of our partner universities. Be aware that this requires you to meet specific conditions, including approval from the Astronomy Board of Examiners.

Read here about Astronomy bachelor's student Thijs Stockmans, who went to Greece for five months during his minor.

Going abroad: Astronomy courses in Greece
Going abroad: Astronomy courses in Greece

Bachelor Research Project

Although highly uncommon so far, performing your Bachelor Research Project abroad might be an option. Please find more details on this in the dropdown box below.

The Astronomy bachelor's programme is concluded with the Bachelor Research Project (BRP). During this internship, you work on your own research project within a research group. The BRP is usually performed at Leiden Observatory and all procedures and timelines are optimized for this scenario. However, if you have a strong wish to perform your BRP abroad, you can discuss this with the Astronomy study advisor.

The most important aspect to doing your BRP abroad is to plan this very well in advance (rather think in years than in months). Furthermore, be aware that no arrangements are in place for this. This means you have to arrange many things yourself, including but not limited to: approval of your research project by the Astronomy Board of Examiners, arrangement of two supervisors (one in Leiden and one at your target university), arranging formal agreements with your target university for approval of the EC's and agreement with the BRP teacher considering the required elements of the BRP that are usually performed locally (e.g. progress presentations). However, when there's a will, there's a way and the Astronomy study advisor is happy to support you in realising your plans within all reasonableness.

Procedures and requirements

If you are planning to study abroad during your Astronomy bachelor's, make sure that your are aware of all requirements and procedures.

Extracurricular activities

Extracurricular activities such as a Summer School will not result in any EC's for your Astronomy bachelor's, but can nonetheless be highly valuable experiences for both your professional als well as your personal life.

Click here to read about Astronomy bachelor's students Matthijs Mars and Joost Wardenier, who went to China for the the Huawei Seeds for the Future Programme.

Astronomy bachelor´s students join Huawei programme in China
Astronomy bachelor´s students join Huawei programme in China


If you have any questions about going abroad as an Astronomy bachelor´s student, always contact the Astronomy study advisor.

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