Going Abroad

Whether you want to go abroad for a week, a quartile or half a year, there is an option for you to have an exciting mobility experience! Most stages of your studies offer opportunities to go abroad. Mobility options can be separated into three main categories: study abroad, internship abroad and graduation. Besides these mobility options within your curriculum, there are also options beyond your curriculum.

Keep in mind that you need to plan well ahead of the start of your mobility. Our advice for you is to start thinking about a protentional study abroad at least one year prior to your intended departure. You can contact your student adviser, track coordinator or mobility and/or exchange coordinator when you want to discuss your plans. You can also visit our yearly orientation study abroad fair, the Let’s GO! to get ideas about destinations, peer experiences and general information about studying abroad, such as funding your mobility.

  • Calamity Service - Abroad

    We are committed to supporting the well-being of UT students and staff, also when they are posted abroad. The Calamity Service-Abroad is the first port of call in case of a calamity outside of the Netherlands involving UT student(s) posted on an assignment, study abroad experience, or project. The service actively monitors worldwide events, performs well-being checks and follows the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs' advisory notices, WHO, RIVM, ECDC, CDC news alerts and several private alert portals. The service provides students with pre-departure information and one-on-one sessions with health and safety advice before, during and after their study abroad experience. The service liaises between faculties and students and is a partner of the central crisis team. The Calamity Service - Abroad has a phone number (24/7) and e-mail service handled by a team of four volunteers. 

  • Credit Conversion

    In case of ECTS credits are given the credits can be taken over 1 on 1. In case the country where the credits are obtained isn’t one of the ECTS using countries, please check the Credit Conversion pages below:

    • Credit Conversion

      Using Table*

      In the case in a country, ECTS credits are given (See Table 1: Countries using ECTS) the credits can be taken over 1 on 1. If the country where the credits are obtained isn’t one of the ECTS using countries, please check if the institution is being mentioned in Table 2: Credit Conversion Table of Non-ECTS Credits. If this is the case, please use the conversion given in that table.
      If not, you can contact the coordinators of international affairs at your faculty. They might be able to help to give an estimation of the study load.
      *Be aware! The conversions in the tables are an advised standard. An examination committee may decide to deviate.

      Table 1: Countries using ECTS 

      Austria 

      Belgium 

      Bosnia and Herzegovina 

      Bulgaria 

      Croatia 

      Cyprus 

      Czech Republic 

      Denmark 

      Estonia 

      Finland 

      France 

      Germany 

      Greece 

      Hungary

      Iceland 

      Ireland 

      Italy 

      Latvia 

      Liechtenstein 

      Lithuania 

      Luxembourg 

      FYR Macedonia 

      Malta 

      Montenegro 

      Norway 

      Poland 

      Portugal 

      Romania 

      Serbia 

      Slovakia 

      Slovenia 

      Spain 

      Sweden 

      Switzerland

      Ukraine 

       

      N.B. United Kingdom
      In the United Kingdom, the calculation of the study load is compatible with the ECTS-system. Still, the study load is 120 credits per academic year. 2 UK credits are equal to 1 ECTS-credit.

      Tabel 2: Credit Conversion Table of Non-ECTS credits

      Last update: 5th November 2019

      Country

       

      1 Partner credit
      = # ECTS

      # Partner Credits
      = 30 ECTS

      Australia

      Monash University

      1,25

      24,00

      Australia

      RMIT - Royal Melbourne Insitute of Technology

      0,63

      48,00

      Australia

      The University of New South Wales

      1,25

      24,00

      Australia

      University of Melbourne

      0,60

      50,00

      Brazil

      Universidade de São Paulo

      1,50

      20,00

      Brazil 

      UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)

      1,50

      20,00

      Brazil 

      Campinas (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)



      Canada

      Ecole de technologie superieure (ETS)

      2,00

      15,00

      China

      City University of Hong Kong

      2,00

      15,00

      China

      Hongkong Polytechnic University

      2,00

      15,00

      China

      Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU)

      2,50

      12,00

      China

      South China Normal University

      1,70

      17,65

      China

      University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

      2,00

      15,00

      India 

      Amrita 



      Indonesia

      Institut Teknologi Bandung

      1,38888

      21,58

      Indonesia

      Universitas Gadjah Mada

      1,667

      17,96

      Indonesia

      Universitas Indonesia

      1,50

      20,00

      Indonesia

      BINUS University

      1,70

      18,00

      Indonesia

      Telkom University

      1,50

      20,00

      Japan

      Akita University

      2,00

      15,00

      Japan 

      Nagoya University 

      2,00

      15,00

      Japan

      Saitama University

      2,00

      15,00

      Japan

      Tohoku University

      2,00

      15,00

      Japan

      University of Tokyo

      2,00

      15,00

      Japan

      University of Tsukuba

      2,00

      15,00

      Japan

      Waseda University

      2,00

      15,00

      Latvia

      Kaunas University of Technology

      1,00

      30,00

      Mexico

      Tec de Monterrey

      0,63

      48,00

      Mexico 

      UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)



      Rusian Federation

      National Research Nuclear University

      1,00

      30,00

      Rusian Federation

      Southern Federal University

      1,00

      30,00

      Singapore

      Singapore University of Technology and Design

      2,40

      72,00

      South Korea 

      Hanyang 

      2,00

      15,00

      South Korea

      KAIST 

      2,00

      15,00

      South Korea

      Postech 

      2,00

      15,00

      South Korea

      Pusan National University

      2,00

      15,00

      Taiwan 

      NCTU (National Chiao Tung University) 

      2,00

      15,00

      Still, updates needed on: Campinas, Amrita and UNAM. Questions are set out with UT staff connected with these universities. 

    • Background UT Standard Conversion non-ects Credits

      Increasing amount of outgoing Exchange students
      The amount of students going abroad for exchange during the 5th semester (minor) is substantially increasing. In UT’s Vision 2020, there is a specific emphasis on internationalization. In “Vision 2020 - Navigating with Precision”, ‘Students experience studying and working abroad’ is specifically stressed. Also, in ‘2020 - Educating the Global Citizen', a clear goal has been formulated: 75% of the students should obtain at least 15EC abroad.

      Registration of Externally obtained credits
      Upon return, the credits obtained during the exchange semester abroad have to be registered into the Student Information System, Osiris. Credits obtained at EU Partner Universities that work with the ECTS system can be transferred without conversion according to the Erasmus+ and the Bologna framework. The conversion of credits obtained at foreign universities that do not use the ECTS system is time-consuming and difficult.

      A uniform conversion of credits
      Up till this point, there is no uniform credit conversion table for credits obtained at foreign partner universities that do not work according to the ECTS system. Also, there was no standardised procedure about the process of and conditions applying to credit transfer which need to be considered. To avoid differences in the calculation of obtained credits at non-EU Partner Universities, the UCO decided, based upon advice from the Platform Internationalisation, to create one uniform credit conversion table and a person responsible for maintaining the table.

    • Conversion Table Non-ects credits as an aid

      The credit conversion table is meant to aid the Examination Boards of educational programmes within the University of Twente. Students can use the table as a guide to check if their proposed exchange courses represent enough workload.

      All UT bachelor and master educational programmes have their own rules and regulations when studying abroad. Most of the programmes ask the student to hand in (some sort of) a Learning Agreement and have it carefully looked at by the examination board, as is obligatory in exchange for an Erasmus+ partner. The Learning Agreement consists of the courses a student wants to take up, the level of the courses and the number of grades the courses will be awarded. Examination Boards can use the ‘Credit Conversion Table’ to determine the number of ECTS to which the completed course(s) c.q. project(s) should be converted into upon return.

      The exam committees can always decide to deviate from the conversion in the table.

      Results won't be converted
      UCOW also agreed upon the advice to only transfer credits and not the results (grades or letters). Conversion of results is a delicate procedure and rather difficult as other assessment methods should be taken into account and cultural and local habits regarding grading. Just the credits will be converted and registered in SIS as ‘V’ (pass). The student always has to possibility to request an official Transcript of Records, which includes the official results provided by the Partner University.

    • Conversion Methods and Maintenance

      The data (conversion methods) given in this table has been composed by a -for this purpose created-committee of UT employees in the fields of internationalisation, exchange, strategy and policy, and educational affairs. The conversion methods within this table result from:

      • The partner institution gives data. In case this institution was able to provide us with proper conversion. 
      • Calculation based on workload. In this case, we look at the number of credits per academic year of the partner institution. This was compared to the 60 credits of the ECTS system for an academic year. However, in the Netherlands, 60 credits equal a workload of 1680 hours, and at a foreign partner, this amount can differ, and, i.e. only be 1200 hours. With the conversion also a correction of the workload in clock hours is taken into account.
      • For questions about conversion, you can contact the faculties exchange contact.

      Conversion of workload
      ECTS credits are related to study workload and do not provide information about the quality level of education. Deriving from that, the conversion from NON-ECTS credits to ECTS credits is also only a conversion from the workload. When the examination board examines the courses that an exchange student wishes to follow abroad, the examination board needs to judge the number of credits and the quality level of the courses.

      Aditions and Maintenance
      Recurrently, additions to this table will be made, and current conversion methods will be checked upon and, if needed, adjusted. For conversions of credits from partner universities missing in the table, you can contact the faculties exchange contact.

      Within the table will be mentioned when the latest update of the table was made.