Psychology abroad

Are you thinking about doing part of your Psychology programme abroad? Great idea! Go do it! Just make sure you start to orient yourself and get everything organised in good time before you leave. Visit the Study Abroad Festival on 14 October 2016.    

  • A period spent studying abroad is good for your future prospects on the job market;

  • Studying at a different university will broaden your academic experience;
  • You will make contacts in the academic world at the foreign university that will be useful for the rest of your life;
  • While abroad you will get to know a new culture, not as a visitor, but as a part of that culture;
  • A long way from home where everything is different from what you are used to means you will develop social skills that nobody can ever take away from you;
  • Studying in a different language will improve your language knowledge and your linguistic skills;
  • Making the preparations for your trip is a good way to practise your organising abilities;
  • Study abroad students all say they had the time of their lives!

Deadline for applying outside Europe 1 December. Studying inside Europe: 15 February for the following academic year.

Presentation Study Abroad Festival on 14 October

Watch the presentation 'Studying Psychology Abroad'

Study shot of Berlin by René Oskam

'I’ve been in Berlin for six weeks and everything is still good. I’ve passed the language course: I’ve even gone up two levels. That means my first 6 study credits are in the bag,’ René Oskam, bachelor’s student of Psychology, mails.

‘I’ll also be taking subjects like "Mensch in ökonomische kontext". It’s all going really well. The host university, the Freie Universität Berlin, is really good and, apart from a whole lot of bureaucracy, reasonably straightforward.’


Student of the Leiden University with an Erasmus scholarship in Trondheim (Norway)

Who is it for?

Third year bachelor's students
Exchanges are mainly open to students in their third year of their bachelor. The preparations will be done in the second year. The final selection will be made on GPA.

Fourth year bachelor's students
It remains a possibility to go abroad during your fourth year of your bachelor. Students in their third year will be prioritized.

Master's students
The possibilities for master students to go abroad are very limited. 

Where can you go? Inside Europe or outside Europe

There are several options for studying abroad:

  1. Partner universities inside Europe
    The Institute of Psychology has agreements with the psychology departments of these foreign Partner universities.
  2. Exchange programmes outside Europe
    These agreements apply to all students of Leiden University and to all departments of the foreign university.
  3. You can also make plans independently to study at a foreign university with which Leiden does not have an agreement.

Which study components can you do abroad?

Bachelor’s programmes
Bachelor’s students can only do their optional subjects abroad. These are the optional subjects that you are allowed to choose within or outside psychology. In total you have 30 ECs of optional subjects; of these a minimum of 5 EC have to be at level 300. Please note that these subjects may not overlap with other subjects from your bachelor’s programmes.

Master’s programmes
In your master’s programme you can do an internship or write your thesis abroad. You will have to arrange the following matters yourself in discussion with the coordinator of studies of your specialisation:

  • A placement
  • Approval from your master’s programme
  • Appropriate (international) supervision

    Step I Orientation

    There are a number of questions you should ask yourself:

    a. Where would I like to go:
         - what are the criteria for my choice?
         - do I want to stay in Europe or go further afield?
         - what agreements are there between the university (outside Europe) and the
            study programme (within Europe)?  
    b. In what language will the programme be taught?   
    c. When can I go?
    d. What does the academic calendar look like at the foreign university?  
    e. What do I want to do there?
         - what may I do, from the viewpoint of the study programme?
         - which subjects does the foreign university offer?
    f. What does the rest of my study planning in Leiden look like?
    g. What will it cost and how will I fund it?

    View the university information about Orientation

    Step II Application


    Deadline outside Europe 1 December, inside Europe 15 February

    II.1: Studying inside Europe

    1. a. Fill in the form:
      Study Plan Psychology Abroad inside Europe (upload with your online application)
      b. Use the online Application System
      c. Submit this form, together with the appendices, to the Exchange coordinator
    2. Deadline for applying:
      15 February for the following academic year. An internal selection will take place after 15 February. If you are selected, you can start the application process to the international university.

    II.2: Studying outside Europe

    1. a. Fill in the form:
      Study Plan Psychology Abroad outside Europe (upload with your online application)
      b. Have the form signed during the open visiting hours by the Exchange coordinator
    2. Carefully study the application procedure and apply online (in Dutch)
    3. Upload the completed Approval for Studying Outside Europe form with your application.
    4. Make sure you have your final chosen subjects signed by the Exchange coordinator
    5. Deadline for applying:
      1 December for the following academic year. An internal selection will take place after 1 December. If you are selected, you can start the application process to the international university.

    Step III Applying for financial support

    As soon as you are informed by the international university that you have been accepted, you can apply for grants. You can also ask DUO to refund your public transport pass for the period that you will be abroad. Your Exchange coordinator can sign these forms during the open visiting hours.

    Look at the university website for more information on Finances 

    Step IV Other arrangements

    Important things not to forget:
    - travel documents (passport, flight ticket, visa)
    - applying for insurance
    - arranging accommodation abroad via 'HousingAnywhere'
    - renting out your room

    Renting out your room

    If you are an exchange student or you are doing an internship, you can rent out your room via Stichting Roofs or online via the student-to-student platform Housing Anywhere.
    Renting out your room


    Exchange coordinator Dieuwerke de Groot

    Exchange coordinator Dieuwerke de Groot

    Within Europe
    If you have any questions about studying within Europe and about your study planning, you can come to the drop-in consultation hours of Dieuwerke de Groot:
    Exchange coordinator 

    Outside Europe
    If you have any questions about studying outside Europe, you can come along to the drop-in consultation hours of Student and Teaching Affairs, to talk to Gaye Eksen:
    Want to go abroad during your studies?

    Please contact Dieuwerke de Groot:
    Exchange coordinator

    Last Modified: 01-05-2017