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DURING YOUR STUDIES AT HASSELT UNIVERSITY

Would you like to say goodbye to Hasselt University's lecture halls and experience studying abroad? Some programmes offer the possibility of an internship abroad.

General principles:

  • the study period abroad is integrated into your programme, and therefore (in principle) not an extension of your studies; 
  • you will receive academic recognition for the period you study abroad for your Hasselt University degree. You will be required to draw up a study programme in advance which you will follow at the host institution, to be presented to your faculty for approval prior to departure;
  • each programme determines by itself at which level (bachelor - master - PhD) a stay abroad is possible and during which period. Find out about the requirements with the internationalisation coordinator of your faculty/programme;
  • you have enrolled for a degree contract at Hasselt University, meaning for a study programme which leads to a degree;
  • you will receive organisational and administrative support from Hasselt University and from your host institution.

You can apply through your student file (exchange section), where you can also consult destinations that are available for your programme. The deadline for application is 20 February.


Useful links:

- Information about the application process and the conditions

- Practical information regarding exchanges

- Manual for exchange students

There are various scholarships with which you can (partially) finance your stay abroad.


Erasmus+ is a part of the Erasmus programme of the European Union. One of the main goals of the Erasmus programme is to stimulate student and teacher mobility within higher education in the participating countries.

The European Union has awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education to both Hasselt University and the tUL for the full Erasmus+ period 2014 - 2020. You can read the Charter and the Erasmus Policy Statement here:
- Erasmus Charter for Higher Education UHasselt and Erasmus Policy Statement UHasselt
- Erasmus Charter for Higher Education tUL and Erasmus Policy Statement tUL

You can stay in one of the participating countries for a minimum of two months and a maximum of a full academic year (28 EU member states + Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Turkey and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia). You can contact the internationalisation coordinator of your programme for more information about the possibilities within your programme.

Together with the programme, the internationalisation coordinator of your programme is responsible for selecting candidates and will rank selected students. This ranking will decide the order in which the Erasmus scholarships are awarded.

You can find more general information about Erasmus+ and Erasmus on the website of the European Commission.

Erasmus Belgica is a collaborative project between the Flemish Community, the French Community and the German-speaking Community to increase mobility of students and teachers in higher education between the Communities of Belgium. The initiative was created with the help of the Prince Philippe Fund.

An international experience is often a fundamental requirement of employers for candidates for a job. Due to its special structure, Belgium offers students the unique advantage of being able to gain "international" experience within the borders of the country. The participating universities and university colleges are required to conclude an agreement with the partners of the other Communities.

The objective is to give students the chance to follow part of their programme at a university or university college in a different Community. This gives them a chance to integrate into the language and culture of the other Communities of Belgium and to adapt to different surroundings and a different mentality.

On the whole, the programme is very similar to the European Erasmus programme. Go to the Erasmus website for more information about conditions, nomination procedures, manuals and more.

You can always contact Lieselot Peeters of the international office for more information.

The objective of the Transition Fellowship Program is to promote student exchanges (bachelor / master) between Flanders and four transitional countries, namely Brazil, Morocco, South Africa and Turkey. Scholarships are available for stays (studies and / or internships) of one month to one year.

The programme prefers an exchange of two students, in the framework of a duo project, but stays of Flemish students in one of the four transitional countries without a corresponding stay in Flanders by a student from one of these countries are also eligible. For Brazil, scholarships are only available for Flemish students (not to Brazilian students). For Turkey, only short terms stays are accepted (one or two months).

For students, a scholarship of €650 per month is awarded (maximum €2600) and a contribution towards the cost of travel (€320 for Turkey and Morocco, €1.100 for Brazil and South Africa). Disadvantaged students are granted an extra scholarship amount of €200 per month.

Are you interested? Contact the internationalisation coordinator of your programme. Each programme determines which students are eligible to apply and for how long students can go abroad.

You can always contact Liesbeth Oeyen of the international office for more information.

The Department of Education and Training has again made a number of scholarships (of €7,500 each) available to students at Flemish higher education institutions to engage internships, seminars and other activities offered by the Washington Center (topics: advocacy, arts, business, law and criminal justice, management, information technology, global trade, media and communications and political science). Internships last 15 weeks (one semester).

The Washington Center is an independent non-profit organisation which offers internships and academic seminars. It offers challenging opportunities to learn and work in Washington D.C. to students from hundreds of colleges and universities all over the world.

The estimated price of participation is:
- Programme fee: $7,998
- Housing: $5,600
- Application fee: $125
- Visa fee: $160
- Health insurance ($50/month), airfare, living expenses (estimated at $250 per week)

You can find more information in the Programme Guide. You can find examples of internships in this brochure.

Are you interested? Then contact your faculty internationalisation coordinator. Each programme can decide for itself which students are eligible for nomination (condition imposed by TWC: at the moment of internship, the student must be registered at Hasselt University as a third year bachelor's student (possibly with a number of credits not yet obtained from the second bachelor's year), master's student or PhD student. The student must have obtained a weighted percentage of at least 68%).

You can always contact Liesbeth Oeyen of the international office for more information.


More information:

The Washington Center experience

Internship programme experience (video)

Internship programme components (video)

Housing, leadership forum, and more

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VLIR-UOS, Hasselt University and Belisol award travel scholarships on an annual basis to students who would like to travel to a developing country for an internship or to perform (thesis) research. As it has in the rest of Flanders, this formula has been increasingly successful in the last few years. With this travel scholarship programme, VLIR-UOS aims to give Flemish students the opportunity to acquire field experience within an academic context. Where scholarships often remained unused in the past, the number of applications today is higher than the number of available scholarships. Students at a Flemish university or university college can apply for scholarships of €1,000. To be eligible, students must find a Flemish and a local promoter who are willing to support the (research) project. The home institution must also thoroughly prepare the student with practical and substantive information. The Flemish universities and university colleges are responsible for selection and management of the scholarships, while VLIR-UOS finances them and provides the programme framework. At Hasselt University, the increase in the number of applications is most noticeable in the fields of Medicine and Biostatistics.

In the former case, it can be explained by the collaboration created between Hasselt University's Faculty of Medicine and the Institute for Indian Mother and Child in Calcutta, India. This link was created by the Belgian Dr. Gysen, who is closely involved with the institute. Since 2007, several students of medicine from the third year of the bachelor's programme have gone to this institute for an internship of at least four weeks. Other projects in Mali and Congo will soon follow. In Mali, residents assist local doctors and give clinics and workshops about basic hygiene to women and children.

In the Master in Biostatistics, too, there have been many applications for VLIR-UOS travel scholarships in the last few years -mainly to Cuba. Without a doubt, the main reason for this is the collaboration between Hasselt University and the Universidad Marta Abreu de Las Villas in Havana, in the context of the EI project, which is financed by VLIR-UOS. The existence of this Flemish-Cuban Training and Research Programme led by Prof. Molenberghs (Hasselt University), makes it very attractive for Hasselt University Biostatistics students to perform a few weeks of research in Cuba for their final dissertation.

If you are a student at Hasselt University and would like to know more about the possibilities to go South for your internship or thesis, go right ahead and contact Lia Van Hoef. You can also have a look on the VLIR-UOS website for specific guidelines concerning application for these scholarships.