EEMCS - Student Mobility

How to prepare your stay abroad?

If you want to go abroad you have to arrange a lot of things. Make sure that this fits within your study plan. You can always discuss your study plan with your study adviser or bachelor/master coordinator. The list below offers a rough overview of the steps you have to take, including the number of months prior to departure that you need to arrange these things. This serves as a guideline, therefor the information provided gives no guarantee.

Stage

Months in advance you need to arrange this

Pre-application

12-8 months

Application

8-3 months

Preparation for departure

3-1 months

Pack your bags

1-0 months

While abroad

0-12 months

Returning home

0-1 months afterwards

Pre-application

In the pre-application phase you can orientate yourself on the endless number of possibilities. There are four categories of student mobility: 

  • Study abroad Minor (NL: Exchange minor), if you study abroad during your BSc programme
  • Internship (NL: Stage)
  • Courses abroad (NL: Vakken buitenland), if you study abroad during your MSc programme
  • Graduation (NL: Afstuderen) 

When you decide to actually go abroad the first step is to register in Mobility Online. Make sure that you register for the right activity: "internship registration" or "courses abroad registration". After you have registered you are able to login and fill out the application form.

Note that studying abroad can cost somewhat more than staying in the Netherlands. Orientate yourself about the possibilities of getting a grant in the section on Money Matters. If you want to discuss your plans contact the mobility office at the faculty of EEMCS.

To get a better idea of what you can expect or fun experiences you can have studying abroad read the experiences of EEMCS students who have gone abroad for their studies.

Application

As you can see above, the first step is to register in Mobility Online.

For information about the exchange procedure and registration for courses abroad, see the exchange procedure.

Preparation for departure

When you successfully applied, it is time to make some other arrangements:

  • Apply for the mandatory Travel Insurance of the University of Twente.
  • Organise your other practical arrangements like visa, housing & vaccinations. Visit the UT’s website on study abroad for more information.
  • Lastly, arrange your paperwork such as your Learning Agreement (LA), Assignment Agreement & Confidentiality Agreement. 

Note that during the holidays it might be more difficult to get your papers signed!

Pack your bags 

It is time to pack your bags!

While abroad

You are obliged to let the UT know that you arrived safely and started your time abroad by filling in a Notification form in Mobility Online! 

Returning home

For information about what to do upon your return, check the section about what to do after your stay abroad.

For more and other information about these six steps you can also look at the presentation study abroad.