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Where?

Leiden University has exchange agreements with universities all over the world. So there are plenty of destinations to choose from.

Corona measures

If you are planning on studying abroad, the coronavirus situation can certainly be a cause for uncertainty. By following the advice and guidelines on the Health and Safety page, you can minimise any potential (financial) risks as much as possible. Still unsure whether it’s a good idea to study abroad at the moment? Read the university’s advice.

Also take a look at the study abroad and corona FAQs.

Check which exchange programmes are available to you

Before starting your search for suitable destinations, check on your faculty/study programme tab which types of exchange programmes are available to you. For example university-wide exchange programmes, faculty exchange programmes, or special exchange programmes only for students on your study programme.

Search for destinations

In our world map you can search through all Leiden University’s exchange agreements to find a destination that is compatible with your studies and interests. You can filter on the basis of country, exchange programme type, level, language and more. Once you have found an interesting destination, check the details carefully. Pay particular attention to the following sections:

  • Intended for students from: is this destination open to students from your study programme?
  • Important consideration: are there other important aspects you should consider, e.g. language requirements or semester dates?

Find your exchange destination via the world map! 

World map

Negative travel advice? Check your destination

You may not go on exchange in a country for which negative travel advice has been issued. Check here if your destination is safe. This webpage is in Dutch, but by entering the country name (Dutch spelling) you can view the safety status on a map. If your destination is red or orange, you may not go there. See the Health and Safety page for further information.

Gather more information

Student reports

In the student reports database you can find reports written by students about their study abroad experiences. You can filter the reports on the basis of country, faculty and type of activity abroad. This is a great way to learn more about what to expect when studying abroad in a particular country, field and institution.

Study Abroad Festival

Launch your international adventure at the annual Study Abroad Festival. Find out more about the country in which you want to study, talk to students who have already studied abroad, attend faculty information sessions and much more.

Via your faculty or study programme

Click on your faculty or study programme tab for information on the destinations available via your own faculty or programme. 

Tips for choosing a destination

Be flexible

There are limited places available on exchange programmes, which means there is no guarantee you can go to your preferred destination. Remember that there are lots of great places to study abroad. We recommend that you don’t restrict your options by setting strict criteria.

What to take into account

  • The courses you want to follow: are they open to exchange students?
  • The language spoken and any language requirements: do you speak the language well enough? Or could you attain the required level by following a language course?
  • Cost of living: this can differ greatly from destination to destination, even within the same country. Do you have sufficient funds?
  • Special requirements due to disability or illness: can your destination meet your requirements? Also take a look at the Health and Safety page.
  • The atmosphere, culture and environment: do you prefer small scale or large scale, something completely different or something more familiar?
  • Equal treatment of all gender identities and sexual orientations: what is the situation in your destination? Take a look on ILGA.org.
Photo: Joëlle Dekkers

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs has a wide range of exchange agreements. You can search through all the exchange programmes available to you, either via a faculty, study programme or university-wide agreement. 

Types of exchange programme available to you?

As a student of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, you can go abroad via the following types of exchange programme:

  • University-wide exchange programmes
  • Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs exchange programmes
  • The EMPA exchange programme [Note: this programme is only available for master students from the Institute of Public Administration]

Destinations

On our world map you can search through all Leiden University’s exchange agreements to find a destination that is compatible with your studies and interests. You can filter on the basis of country, exchange programme type, level, language and more. Once you have found an interesting destination, check the details carefully. Pay particular attention to the following sections:

  • Intended for students from: is this destination open to students from your study programme?
  • Important consideration: are there other important aspects you should consider, e.g. language requirements or semester dates?
     

Find your exchange destination via the world map

 

 

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Webpages

Number of places available
2

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: Late August – Mid December
Spring semester: Early February – Late May

Language of instruction
English.

Application deadlines
Deadline for applying at ISGA: 12 November.

Course offerings
Generally, exchange students can take any undergraduate course offered by AAU, provided that they are suitably qualified to take part in the course. However, a small range of LLB and MBA classes are only open for degree students; exchange change cannot participate in these courses.

Click here for an overview of offered courses (on the left side of the webpage students can download the course catalog for the current and/or coming academic year).

Credit system
AAU uses the ECTS credit system. ISGA will not convert these credits; 1 AAU credit = 1 ISGA credit.

Grading system
AAU uses letter grades including a 4.0 GPA scale. Note: the minimum passing grade at AAU is a D, which equals a C- at ISGA.  Grades achieved at AAU will be converted to the Dutch 1 – 10 grading scale.  Details will be provided in the Learning Agreement students receive after admission to the host university.

Housing
Housing opportunities through the universities, although AAU does have a network of landlords and agencies. Details about housing will be sent to the exchange students by Student Services after completion of the application. AAU students are also entitled to use the Student’s Dining Hall of Charles University (“Menza Univerzity Karlovy”) under the same conditions (certain discounts) as Charles University students.

Costs
It is very difficult to give reliable advice on living costs, since so much depends on each student’s individual expectations. However, on average AAU recommends that you should aim to have at least 480 Euro per month to cover food, entertainment, basic transport and accommodation, though obviously the final figure also depends on your personal spending habits. Rental costs also vary widely and depend on which part of the city you live in and how many flat mates you have.

Orientation
There is an orientation for new students a week before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. Students will receive general information and instructions on registration at AAU.

Student life
Please visit this website for more information about student life at AAU.

Webpages

Number of places available
2

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: Late September – Late January
Spring semester: February – Late June

Language of instruction
The language of instruction at SU is English (with few exceptions). Still, learning some Turkish can be very useful. The university offers Turkish classes to incoming exchange students.

Application deadlines
Deadline for applying at ISGA: 12 November.

Course offerings
In general, exchange students can take all courses offered at Sabanci University at the undergraduate level. Graduate courses have several restrictions. Make sure to search only for undergraduate courses in the course catalogs. These are indicated with a number between ‘1XX’ and ‘4XX’. Courses with a higher code are graduate level courses. Overall, incoming exchange students are exempt from specific prerequisites for undergraduate courses. These only apply to degree-seeking SU students.

Credit system
At Sabanci University courses are normally worth 3 SU (Sabanci University) credits. This is equivalent to 6 ECTS at ISGA. So for a course load of 30 ECTS per semester students are supposed to take 5 courses. The course catalog indicates the number of ECTS that is awarded for each course.

Grading system
Students are graded on an A-F letter scale. The minimum acceptable pass mark at Sabanci is a B-, which equals ISGA’s letter grade C-.  Grades achieved at Sabanci will be converted to the Dutch 1 – 10 grading scale.  Details will be provided in the Learning Agreement students receive after admission to the host university.

Housing
Sabanci University offers on-campus accommodation to incoming exchange students. The university only provides double rooms in the dormitories. Exchange students can also decide to look for housing off-campus. In the online application form students can indicate whether they want to request on-campus accommodation.

Costs
The average monthly expenses are estimated as €500 per month including room, board and other general expenditures. Click here to find an explanation of the estimated living costs for exchange students

 

Orientation
Upon arrival all new students are introduced to the University, to the campus and to the city as well. The orientation covers presentations by different units at Sabanci University, seminars by the faculty and an old city tour. During the orientation week, all exchange students have to complete their registration at SU. For more information about registration and the required documents, click here.

Student life
Please visit this website for more information about student life at Sabanci University.

Webpages

Number of places available
2

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: Mid-September – Late December
Spring semester: Late January – mid June

Language of instruction
The vast majority of courses at Sciences Po Lille are taught in French. Each semester a maximum of ten courses are taught in English. The university also offers four to five courses in Spanish and German. A minimum CEFR-level of B1 is required to take part in courses taught in French. Furthermore, it is possible to take a French language course during the exchange semester.

Application deadlines
Deadline for applying at ISGA: 12 November.

Course offerings
Foreign students are offered a large array of courses to choose from. The courses for second and fourth-year students are open to exchange students. In addition, some courses are specifically reserved for international students. (See the course catalog to find these particular courses). There are three types of courses: general courses, specialized courses and exploration seminars. Exchange students select their courses during the first two weeks of their semester in Lille. International students with a good command of French can apply to obtain a specific degree (Diplôme Universitaire, DU), called the Certificat d’Etudes Politiques (CEP) = the Certificate of Political Studies.

Credit system
Sciences Po Lille uses the ECTS system. This system is identical to the one ISGA has. In general, courses are worth either 4 or 5 ECTS.

Grading system
Grades in France are given on a scale from 1-20, 1 being the lowest and 20 the highest grade.  Grades achieved at Sciences Po will be converted to the Dutch 1 – 10 grading scale.  Details will be provided in the Learning Agreement students receive after admission to the host university.

Housing
As Sciences Po Lille does not have a campus, it cannot provide housing for incoming international students. The International Office can provide a list of landlords accustomed to hosting foreign students. Students can also turn to the BDI (International Student Organization) for help in their search for housing. As Lille has a large student population, it is relatively easy to find student housing.

Costs
Sciences Po Lille estimates housing prices in Lille to be €150 to €400 for halls of residence and €150 to €500 for personal rooms.

Orientation
The first days of each semester are dedicated to an introductive seminar that includes an intensive course in methodology and an elective intensive French language course. Course registration is held during this introductive seminar.

Student life
Please visit this website for more information about student life at Sciences Po.

Webpages

Number of places available
6 - 8

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: Late September – Late January
Spring semester: 1 February – Early June

Language of instruction
English.

Application deadlines
Deadline for applying at ISGA: 12 November.

Course offerings
Modules from most Departments are open to ISGA exchange students as long as they satisfy the prerequisites of the specific module. Departments that are not open for ISGA exchange students are Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Sciences. Some Departments that could be of interest to ISGA students are: Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Psychology, English, Communication & Media, English, History, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Modern Languages and Cultures, Ocean Sciences, Politics, Women’s and Children Health.

Credit system
The University of Liverpool uses the CATS credit system, and ECTS credits are considered equivalent to half the value of Liverpool CATS’ credits, so 15 CATS credits equals 7.5 ECTS. Most Liverpool modules are either 15 CATS or 30 CATS.

Grading system
The U. of Liverpool uses the British grading system with classifications such as Ordinary Pass, Second Lower Class, Second Upper Class, and First Class. Marks are given on a 0-100 scale, with 40% being the lowest pass mark.  Grades achieved at AUC will be converted to the Dutch 1 – 10 grading scale.  Details will be provided in the Learning Agreement students receive after admission to the host university.

Housing
For students coming for one semester only, the University is proud to offer accommodation in the Study Abroad Village, which consists of Melville Grove and Tudor Close. This is apartment-style, on-campus, self-catered accommodation. Each student has his/her own bedroom with shared bathroom facilities.

If you are interested in accommodation in the private sector, please contact Liverpool Student Homes, an organisation run jointly between three universities (including the University of Liverpool). We encourage all students intending to live in private accommodation to arrive the week before classes begin to look for accommodation.

Costs
Liverpool is a very cost-effective city to live in, especially for students! We estimate that the cost of living for a full year is between £6,000 and £8,000 and for one semester is between £2,500 and £3,500. This includes accommodation, food and local travel. It will, of course, vary according to your lifestyle. Visit our living costs page for more information.

Orientation
The U. of Liverpool organizes an International Student Orientation Event, normally on the third Monday of September. More information can be found here.

Student life
Please visit this website for more information about student life at the University of Liverpool.

Webpages

https://socialsciences.ku.dk/education/exchange/

  • Course information:
    Information on undergraduate courses at the University of Copenhagen can be found here. A complete overview of all exchange courses offered in English will be available 2-3 months prior to the start of your exchange semester start and can be found here. Students are advised to look at the courses offered in English during the current semester or the previous semester in order to make a preliminary plan for their studies in Copenhagen. In the online course catalogue one can find previous courses from the previous two academic years. An overview of the courses at the Department of Political Science can be found here.

Number of places available
2

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: Early September – late December
Spring semester: Early February – late May

Language of instruction
Danish and English.

Application deadlines
Deadline for applying at ISGA: 12 November.

Course offerings
Exchange students are obligated to take the majority of their courses at the Department of Political Science (Faculty of Social Sciences), but are allowed to take courses offered outside of this department up to a maximum of 10 ECTS as well. 

The following areas of study are not open for exchange students:

• Global Development
• Security Risk Management
• Advanced Migration Studies
• Applied Cultural Analysis Cognition and Communication: Courses in Cognition and Communication are only open for students who are accepted for studies in Film and Media.

Therefore, select Film and Media Studies in the online application to be considered for studies in Cognition and Communication. The following areas are only open for exchange students if the partner university has a specific exchange agreement within the area:

• Dentistry
• Medicine

The Faculty of Law: Students must have completed at least 3 semesters of study in Law at their home university to qualify for admission.

Credit system
Similar to Leiden University, UCPH applies the European Credit Transfer System. The system defines a full study load for one year as 60 ECTS credits. Students are expected to take on 30 ECTS credits per semester. According to the agreements between the UCPH and our partner universities abroad, the number of ECTS credits per semester must not exceed 30 ECTS credits.

Grading system
Exams at UCPH will be assessed according to the 7-point scale (see below) or by pass/fail. The required grade to pass is 02. Passing grades cannot be changed to a numeric grade or vice versa. Therefore, it is important that you check with your home university if you can receive credits for courses graded with a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ indication only.

12: For an excellent performance
10: For a very good performance
7: For a good performance
4: For a fair performance
2: For an adequate performance
0: For an inadequate performance
-3: For an unacceptable performance

Grades achieved at UCPH will be converted to the Dutch 1 – 10 grading scale.  Details will be provided in the Learning Agreement students receive after admission to the host university.

Housing
The UCPH Housing Foundation is an independent entity which assists international students coming to the UCPH in finding accommodation while in Copenhagen. Students who complete their online application for UCPH and select housing in the online application, will receive an invitation to apply online for housing from the UCPH Housing Foundation. All inquiries concerning housing should be directed to the UCPH Housing Foundation at contact@housingfoundation.ku.dk.

Costs
The indication of total living costs for an exchange at UCPH is as follows:

  • Housing; including utilities DKK 7,000 - 10,000/month
  • Food and daily expenses DKK 3,000 - 4,000/month
  • Books and other study materials DKK 1,500 - 2,000/semester
  • Local public transportation DKK 380 - 1,000/month if you travel every day
  • Leisure activities DKK 2,000/month
  • Price for dorm or room in shared apartment

To save money, UCPH recommends that you consider buying a used bicycle, which you can purchase for around DKK 800-1,500.

Orientation
All information regarding the orientation at UCPH can be found here.

Student life 
Please visit this website for more information about student life.

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Webpages

Number of places available
2  

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: Early September – late December
Spring semester: Early February – late May

Language of instruction
English.

Application deadlines
Deadline for applying at ISGA: 12 November.

Course offerings
All undergraduate courses are open to AUC students. AUC consists of various schools and departments. It is, however, important to mention that not all of these offer courses at the undergraduate level. Click here to see a list of all the schools and departments at AUC, which indicates where students can study at the Bachelor level. For course information specifically for students at the undergraduate level, please click here. In the application form, exchange students need to select 8 to 10 courses that they would like to take for the coming semester. (See ‘Application procedure’ for more information)

Credit system
AUC uses its own credit system. In general, courses are worth 2, 3, or 4 AUC credit points. 1 AUC credit point equals 2 ECTS at ISGA. Make sure to keep this conversion in mind in order to pick the right amount of courses.

Grading system
AUC uses the international A-F scale for grading the performances of students (as well as a 4-point scale to calculate the GPA). Grades achieved at AUC will be converted to the Dutch 1 – 10 grading scale.  Details will be provided in the Learning Agreement students receive after admission to the host university.

Housing
Students can choose either university housing or to search for a room/apartment themselves. There are two types of housing offered by the university: in the AUC dormitories in the popular district Zamalek in Cairo (rather far away from the main campus buildings) or in one of the on-campus residence townhouses. AUC does not offer a meal plan for its students. For more information, click here.

Costs
AUC estimates the total costs to be around USD 8,000 for the entire semester. This includes housing, traveling, food, and all personal expenses. However, it does not include the travel costs to Egypt. Click here and scroll down for more information.

Orientation
There is a mandatory international student orientation for incoming exchange students. This is organised during the week before the academic semester begins at AUC.

Student life 
Please visit this website for more information about student life.

Webpages

Number of places available
4

Academic Calendar
Fall semester: Mid July – late November
Spring semester: Mid February – late June

Language of instruction
English.

Application deadlines
Deadline for applying at ISGA: 12 November.

Course offerings
Students can generally take all courses offered at ANU at the undergraduate level except in the fields of law, legal studies, business, economics, and commerce. They have to meet the course’s prerequisites in order to enrol. In addition, some academic disciplines have some specific requirements:

- Visual arts: You must submit a portfolio of 12-15 images (slides, photographs, CD/DVD, jpeg files, website, etc.) of current work from your home institution.

- Music: You must submit a high quality audio/video recording of yourself performing.

Credit system
The full course load is 24 ANU units (credits) per semester. Courses are generally worth 6 units. 24 ANU = 30 ECTS

Grading system
ANU works with a 0 – 100 point scale, with a 50 mark as a minimum pass mark that equals ISGA’s letter grade “C-“.  Grades achieved at ANU will be converted to the Dutch 1 – 10 grading scale.  Details will be provided in the Learning Agreement students receive after admission to the host university.

Housing
On-campus housing is guaranteed for all exchange students by ANU. Incoming exchange students will be provided with more information about housing options after official acceptance to the exchange programme.

Costs
According to ANU, the estimated cost of living in Canberra is AUD $1,500 per month (≈ €1,050).

Orientation
ANU provides incoming exchange students with orientation before the start of the programme.

Student life 
Please visit this website for more information about student life.

Webpages

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Information for exchange students

Course information: All undergraduate courses offered at PUC are available to exchange students, with the exception of these courses. More information about PUC’s course catalog can be found here.

More information about PUC’s course catalog can be found here.

 

Number of places available 2

Academic Calendar Fall semester: August - December Spring semester: March – July

Language of instruction Spanish.

Application deadlines Deadline for applying at ISGA: 12 November.

Course offerings All undergraduate courses offered at PUC are available to exchange students, with the exception of these courses.

Credit system At PUC, one study credit equals one study hour per week. This includes both contact hours and individual work. A full-time (exchange) student is expected to accumulate 50 credits per semester, usually 5 courses of 10 credits each (3 contact hours a week plus 7 hours of individual work per week). The total equals 900 hours per semester. PUC does not restrict the number of credits exchange students are allowed to take, however, it does advise students not to take more than 30-40 PUC credits per semester (depending on their level of Spanish language proficiency).

Grading system PUC uses a grading scale ranging from 1 to 7, with 1 being the lowest grade and 7 being the highest grade. The lowest passing grade is 4. Grades achieved at PUC will be converted to the Dutch 1 – 10 grading scale. Details will be provided in the Learning Agreement students receive after admission to the host university.

Housing PUC does not offer any type of student housing nor does it coordinate and/or assist in (external) housing placements for exchange students. You will need to (pro-actively) look for housing yourself. 

Costs

PUC lists the following estimates of living expenses (based on a 5-month stay):

· Furnished Apartment: USD 3500 – USD 3700

· Student Residency: USD 1900 – USD 2500

· Host family (all expenses included): USD 2500 – USD 3000

· Food (made at home): USD 3000 – USD 3200

· Transportation (Santiago only): USD 1250 – USD 1500

· Academic expenses (books, photocopies, study materials, etc.): USD 500 – USD 700

· Personal expenses: from USD 1200

Orientation

Orientation Before the start of the academic year, all exchange students that have been accepted at PUC are obligated to attend PUC’s Information and Orientation Meeting.

Student life

Please visit this website for more information about student life.

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