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Radboud University Nijmegen

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Program Snapshot

Students will enjoy taking classes in English while living in the oldest town in the Netherlands. Nijmegen is surrounded by beautiful lowlands and hills making it both beautiful and historically significant. Nijmegen is a student-oriented research university with a reputation for excellence in a variety of challenging academic fields.

Nijmegen was settled by the Romans as a strategic point on the river Waal, it was a fortified town until the end of the 19th century and a front-line city during World War II. The lively city centre now boasts many cultural facilities, monuments, shops, cafes and restaurants, and popular festivals throughout the year.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: end of August to beginning of July
Semester 1: end of August to end of January (some students can return home in December if they make special arrangements)
Semester 2: late January to beginning of July.

Fast Facts
Nijmegen, Netherlands (pop. 160,000)
Student Enrollment: 19,150
Language of instruction: Dutch, some English
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Faculties of Arts (American studies, art history, business communication studies, comparative arts, cultural history, general & comparative literature, German studies, history, languages & literature [Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Latin, Spanish], language, speech & informatics, linguistics, Mediterranean studies, Middle East studies, speech & language pathology); Law; Philosophy; Policy Sciences/ School of Management (business administration, economics, environmental policy sciences, human geography, political science, public administration, spatial planning); Science, Mathematics and Computing Science (biology, chemistry, computing science, environmental science, general science, mathematics, molecular life sciences, physics); Social Sciences (cognitive sciences, communication sciences, cultural anthropology, development studies, educational sciences, pedagogics, psychology, sociology, women’s studies); Theology.

Courses taught in English
Radboud University Nijmegen offers a full range of more than 250 courses in English for exchange students at all faculties. For more information please see: course offerings on exchange.

Academic Notes
Some departments do not offer courses in English, but they do offer possibilities for tutorials or individual (research) projects. All course descriptions can be found on the International Office’s Web site http://www.ru.nl/io/english. Those fluent in Dutch may enroll in all courses except medicine and dentistry.

Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term which averages to 12-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15-20 weeks.

Transcripts are issued in late Fabruary for Semester 1 students and late August for Semester 2 and Full Year students. Before leaving, students must submit their Host Institution Exit Form with the names of the teachers clearly written to the ISEP Coordinator. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement Dutch language proficiency is usually needed for regular course enrollment in Dutch taught programs.

Language Courses Intensive Dutch language courses are offered in addition to regular courses during the academic year or semester for an additional fee for all levels.

Additional Comments: Radboud University Nijmegen offers courses in Social Dutch at different levels. These courses are intended mainly for students and staff wishing to improve their possibilities for communications and socializing in Dutch Society. For more information, please see Radboud's Language Courses website.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Please note that all participants to the Netherlands from outside the EU must pay a residence permit fee via their host university. As of January 2015, the fee is EUR 308. See Country Handbook for details.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in student residences with single-occupancy rooms and shared bath and kitchen facilities. A stipend which covers a large part of costs for housing and meals is provided.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 150 euro.

Orientation is provided by the International Office. The orientation period is very important to newly arriving students. It is a great way to meet other students, get to know the campus and city, enlist in courses and join very popular sports classes, etc. Dutch students will help with practical matters such as buying a second-hand bike, opening a bank account, finding the best places to go out and finding the cheapest shops.

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
At the beginning of each semester there is an orientation especially for our new international students which is organized by the International Office. Depending on the semester, this Orientation includes fun activities such as: tours of the university and the city, sporting events, parties, an excursion to Amsterdam, etc. For detailed program information before your arrival, please check our website.

The International Office regularly organizes excursions for international students, guests and employees of Radboud University Nijmegen. Examples of excursions are: Amsterdam, The Hague/Schevingen, Rotterdam/Kinderdijk, Maastricht/Aachen (Germany), Delft / Storm Surge Barrier, Brussels and Leiden/Keukenhof. Radboud University likes to think of its foreign students and guests as ambassadors and sets great store by maintaining its ties with international students after their departure. There is now a unique International Alumni Network for Radboud University’s former exchange students, those who came from abroad for a Bachelor"s and/or Master’s programme as well as PhD candidates. More information.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
This institution offers on campus employment opportunities. Radboud University has the possibility for some students to work on campus through "Campus Detachering". As the website for this is only in Dutch please contact them by e-mail for more information: info@cd.ru.nl

The Radboud University Nijmegen is the only full-scale university in the eastern and southern parts of the Netherlands. It was established in 1923, and today is one of the Netherlands’ leading academic communities. It enrolls more than 17,750 students. The international dimension of education and research plays an essential part at the university; students are encouraged to spend part of their studies or their practical training period abroad. University facilities include museums, laboratories, various institutes, the university hospital, and computer and sports centers.

What Past Students have to Say
"Radboud's campus has great facilities for students. Nijmegen is a wonderful city to study in, and transportation is great around the Netherlands." - ISEP student from Nebraska Wesleyan University