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International students

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Would you like to bid farewell to the Hasselt University lecture halls for a while and gain some international experience? Some programmes offer you the opportunity to write all or part of your bachelor's of master's dissertation abroad.

General principles:

  • you will go to a partner university, meaning one with which Hasselt University or your faculty has concluded a cooperation agreement;
  • the study period abroad is integrated in 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. This ensures you are exempted from paying the enrolment fees at the host institution;
  • 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 several 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 for Brazilian students). For Turkey, only short term 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 (€360 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.

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.

If you are a student at Hasselt University and would like to know more about the possibilities for going 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 on applying for these scholarships.