Going Abroad ES - Communication Sciences

Go Abroad

If you are interested in going on an exchange, here you will find all the information that you need. Take a look at the presentation of our info session first.
It has a lot of general information and some specifics about your program as well. Here below we will go in to more detail on when, how and where you can go abroad:

Info Session 2018-2019

Should some of your questions remain unanswered after checking this website and our info session , feel free to get in touch with your Jan [dot] Loisen [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be (exchange coordinator Jan Loisen .)


You can go on an exchange in semester 1 of bachelor's year 3 or your (first) master's year.
Students in the international master's Journalism and Media or New Media and Society cannot go abroad.


Bachelor exchange

You need to:

  • have passed your courses of bachelor's year 1
  • have passed at least for 50 ECTS of bachelor's year 2

Master exchange

Master students

You need to:

  • have passed for all courses of bachelor's year 1 and 2
  • have maximum 2 courses left of semester 2 of bachelor's year 3
  • have passed for the bachelor's paper

You cannot do an internship abroad.

Bridging students

You need to:

  • have maximum 2 courses left of semester 2 of the briding program
  • have passed for the 'Seminarie wetenschappelijke werkwijze' and the 'Onderzoekspaper'

You cannot do an internship abroad.



1. Select your top 3 destinations (list below)

2. Provide the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (in English)
  • All your results including those of 2016-17 (semester 1)

3. Send your application to your Jan [dot] Loisen [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be (exchange coordinator Jan Loisen)

4. Deadline is Febuary 16th 2018

All applications will be ranked, in that particular order, according to the overall results and the letter of motivation.
This will only come into play when more students apply for the same destination than the number of places that is available.

Learning agreement

After you have nominated and have received your destination, you will have to come up with a learning agreement.
In short: in your learning agreement you propose the courses that you will be taking at your guest university.
You will need to take a look at the offer of your guest university (website) yourself and come up with a proposal of your own to discuss with your exchange coordinator.


Brenda doet verslag van haar ervaring aan het Washington Center.   Marloes vertelt over haar Erasmuservaring in Estland.
Shari liep stage in het Washington Center.   Roxanne doet verslag van haar verblijf in Madrid, Spanje.
Elien vertelt over haar uitwisseling in Bergen, Noorwegen.    Morgane vertelt je meer over haar ervaringen in Grenoble, Frankrijk.


Destination University Bachelor/Master Information
Austria - Salzburg Paris Lodron University of Salzburg Bachelor and Master website
Belgium - Brussels Université Libre de Bruxelles Bachelor and Master  website
Belgium - Namur Université de Namur Bachelor  website
Cyprus - Limassol Cyprus University of Technology Bachelor  website
Czech Republic - Prague Charles University in Prague Master  website
Estonia - Tartu University of Tartu Master  website
Finland - Helsinki University of Helsinki Master website
France - Grenoble Université Stendhal - Grenoble III Bachelor and Master  website
France - Nice Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis Bachelor and Master  website
Germany - Berlin Freie Universität Berlin Bachelor and Master  website
Germany - Bremen Universität Bremen Bachelor and Master  website
Germany - Eichstätt Katholische Universität Eichstätt Bachelor and Master  website
Italy - Padova Università degli Studi di Padova Bachelor and Master  website
Lithuania - Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University Master  website
Netherlands - Rotterdam Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Bachelor and Master  website
Netherlands - Nijmegen Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen Bachelor  website
Norway - Bergen University of Bergen Bachelor and Master  website
Poland - Lodz University of Lodz Bachelor and Master  website
Spain - Madrid Universidad Complutense de Madrid Bachelor  website
UK - Exeter University of Exeter Bachelor and Master  website

You can also take your pick from the following EU destinations offered by the bachelor of Social Sciences:

Social Sciences

The VUB is also involved in some non-EU agreements of which you will find more information in the presentation above.

If you apply for a non-EU destination, for which places are very limited, it is best to combine this with an EU application as your backup plan.