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Going Abroad

Mobility options for UT students

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: 

Besides these mobility options within your curriculum, there are also other options beyond your curriculum, such as Study Tours and Summer Schools.

Start planning one year ahead

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 Study Adviser, Track Coordinator and/or Faculty Exchange/ Internship Coordinator when you want to discuss your plans. 

Visit the study abroad fair
Let's Go!
Attend the Let's GO! Study Abroad Fair in November to find out about your exchange options.

Emergency Service - Abroad 

We are committed to supporting 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, GDACS, ERCC and NHC news alerts and private alert portals. The service provides students with pre-departure information as well as, one-on-one sessions with health and safety advice prior, during and after their study abroad experience. The service liaises between faculties and students, and is a partner of the central crisis team.

If you have any questions, please contact our Emergency Abroad Service via emergency-abroad@utwente.nl.

  • Essential phone numbers
    • 24/7 BuZa Contact Centre: +31 247 247 247
    • Local embassy/ consulate
    • UT’s insurance insurance@utwente.nl (Hienfeld: +31 205 469 469)
    • Your own travel insurance’s emergency number

Credit Conversion 

If ECTS credits are given, the credits can be taken over 1 on 1. However, if the country where the credits are obtained isn’t one of the countries that uses ECTS, 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: 30th of May 2022

    Country

     

    1 Partner credit
    = # ECTS UT

    # Partner Credits
    = 30 ECTS UT

     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

    1,67

    17,96

    Mexico 

    UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

    0,75

    40,00

    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 

    NYCU (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University)  

    2,00

    15,00

    Still, updates needed on: Campinas and Amrita. 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 Shaping 2030, there is a specific emphasis on internationalization. In “Vision 2030 - Shaping”, ‘Students experience studying and working abroad’ is specifically stressed.

    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.

    An 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.

    Additions 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.