Choosing your destination
Do you think you would like to spend some time studying at an international campus?
Then you’ll need to do the following:
Choose your destination
Orient yourself. Read about the country, city and university of your
choice and learn from experiences of other students who have gone
there before you. You can read blogs by Tilburg University students who
are currently on an international exchange. They are fun and informative.
Keep them in mind when making your decision.
Set your budget
Do you live on a tight budget? It would be a shame to miss out on an
international experience just because of money. Why not consider a more
affordable destination? There are plenty of ways to finance your stay,
and expenses vary considerably from country to country. Day-to-day living in
Milan (Italy) or Sao Paolo (Brazil) is considerably more expensive than
life in Brno (Czech Republic) or Stellenbosch (South Africa). And do you
insist on a room of your own, or is it ok for you to share your living space with
roommates on campus? If you want to see the country, you can go first
class but there are often also many cheaper alternatives. Compared to
other options for an extended stay abroad, an International Exchange is
relatively cheap since you only pay the Dutch tuition fees. You will have considerable influence on all other expenses related to your
international experience. If you are dreaming about going abroad, then
you should travel and live smart. In other words: a limited budget should not be a reason for staying at home.
Decide when and for how long you want to go abroad
A Spring or Fall semester? Or a full year?
Check any language requirements
Some destinations have language requirements for international students.
Does this apply to your destination? Don’t be surprised at the last
minute: check any language requirements early in your orientation phase.
Check for grants or scholarships
There are plenty of ways to finance your stay. If you are selected for
an exchange, there are opportunities available for receiving a grant for
your stay abroad. Whether there is a grant available and how high it is
depends on your destination and previously awarded grants. You may be
eligible for an Erasmus grant or a Study Abroad Allowance through
Tilburg University. There are also various other organizations which
make grants available for an international exchange. But take notice of the conditions. The Nuffic website has a convenient overview of these organizations.
The exchange coordinators’ door is always open. They will be pleased to
share their knowledge and experience with you and help you make your