- The most well-known experience abroad, which you’ve undoubtedly heard about, is the Erasmus study experience. It’s an exchange within Europe for one or two semesters (lasting a minimum of three months).
- But you can also go on exchange outside of Europe if there are specific agreements between your faculty and partner universities. Curious about the possible destinations?
- Within Belgium there’s a collaboration with French-language universities (‘Erasmus Belgica’), allowing you to go on exchange to improve your French or German language skills and discover southern Belgium. Parlez-vous français?
Learn new things as an intern abroad
- Is learning by doing the best way for you? Boost your practical skills and gain a ton of work experience by doing an internship abroad via Erasmus. Internships abroad aren’t only organised at Medicine, but also at Law and many other programmes.
- In consultation with your internship supervisor, you can also do an internship outside of Europe, for example in North America, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Read the stories by Biology students and their tropical internships or Master in Teaching students and their internships in Southern Africa. External organisations such as AFS, JINT, VVOB, Broederlijk Delen and 11.11.11. can help you get started.
Curious about other internationalisation opportunities?
- Don’t have time to do an internship during your studies? After your studies there are several scholarship opportunities, such as the Erasmus+ programme, to do an internship that prepares you for the labour market.
- And did you know various fields of study organise study trips? The Architecture programme does so every year, Bioscience Engineering students visit South Africa and Law offers the opportunity of going to Geneva together. As a student of Applied Economic Sciences you attend a summer school in Goa, India. Have a look at your programme’s website to discover where you might be going!
- You can also do a research internship in the context of your master dissertation, just like the Applied Engineering and Design Sciences students. Other options include going to the Global South for a case study or field research. If you would like to do research in the Global South and you’re looking for a relevant topic, we advise you to approach professors who are active in international solidarity (e.g. VLIR-UOS projects) or the University Foundation for Development Cooperation (USOS).
- Finally, you can also attend a summer or winter school. What’s that, you ask? A summer or winter school is a crash course of one or two weeks on a particular theme that you learn more about and talk about with international students and professionals. The University of Antwerp organises interesting summer schools itself every year, but summerschoolsineurope.eu also lists a wide range of great summer schools all over Europe that you could attend. Ready for a short adventure?
- We are increasing our focus on international experiences at home, because everyone deserves the chance of building international skills. Curious?