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Radboud University Nijmegen Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Nijmegen, Netherlands




Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA, one semester in residence completed at University of Iowa.

Application Due:

4/10-fall & academic year

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

A Reciprocal Exchange agreement between the University of Iowa and Radboud University Nijmegen allows UI students to take up a year or semester of study in the Netherlands alongside local students in regular classes and standard student housing. Though the language of instruction at Radboud University is Dutch, responding to the new Erasmus initiative of promoting European student mobility throughout the region and English being a common language to this student population, a number of classes throughout the curriculum are taught in English. The exchange is particularly suitable for UI students interested in American studies, European studies or pre-Law. It is also of interest to majors in German, linguistics and political science. Prior Dutch language is not required for participation.

On this one-for-one exchange, cost is based on your regular UI tuition. Added expenses include airfare, local housing and living expenses, visa fees, a UI administrative fee, and as much travel as students care to do during the academic breaks.

Academic Program

Radboud University Nijmegen is a student-oriented research university where classes are small and individual responsibility and independence in academic pursuit is assumed on the part of students. Most disciplines apply the model of “student activated education” which is characterized by instruction in study groups and the organization of courses as a series of study tasks, to be carried out by the students with guidance from the instructor. The option is most appropriate for UI students ready for upper level coursework in their major or minor.

Exchange students typically enroll in 4-5 classes. As this is a bilateral exchange sponsored by the American Studies Department of the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University, UI students are required to select two classes from among offerings in the American Studies department any given semester. Be sure to discuss conversion of ECTS credits to UI semester hour credit with the UI study abroad adviser.

Courses taught in English are listed in the ECTS Guide for visiting students. Offerings can be consulted here. American Studies is found in the Faculty of Arts. In due course, the ECTS Guide pertinent to your academic year will be available; in the meantime, the previous year’s Guide is useful for a preliminary choice of classes.

NEW development! In the Radboud Certificate Programme, English-taught classes have been clustered around particular themes to create a course selection that will yield a Certificate upon completion. This is a great aid to class selection! Check options here.

Otherwise, you may search in various departments as follows:

At Faculty of Arts, click on the last item ECTS guide. To see a listing of offerings in the American Studies department with links to course descriptions, click on Contents in the left hand bar.

Other departments to consult here include Comparative Arts and Cultural Studies, many literature and culture classes in English Language and Culture, History, Language and Communication, and Linguistics.

For anthropology, artificial intelligence, psychology, political science and gender studies, go to Faculty of Social Sciences, click on the FSW- ECTS Guide, and then click on Contents in the left hand bar.

Program Dates

The academic calendar is available at this page. Students should plan to arrive for the “introductory activities” about 10 days prior to the first day of classes in the semester.

For More Information

M If you are interested in learning more about how this program fits in your academic plan, please make an appointment with Netherlands Study Abroad Advisor Aubree Compton. Business Students must also meet with their Academic Advisor.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands today is one of the world's most prosperous countries, thanks to its advanced industries and agriculture, its role in world trade and its large reserve of natural gas. A highly developed system of social welfare is meant to ensure that everybody in the Netherlands can share in this prosperity.

The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. About 16 million people live in an area of approximately 37,000 square km. Sixty per cent of the population lives in the western part of the country, which is called Holland. This name is often used to refer to the Netherlands as a whole.

Though the country may be tiny in size, its friendly people, fascinating culture and charming cities make it one of the most grandly charismatic places in all of Europe. Hope on a bike and explore the country's many picturesque windmills, canal cities and breathtaking garden. The Netherlands' central location in Europe makes it an ideal place to begin one's journey to other nearby countries.


Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands dating from Roman times when it was called Noviomagus or New Market. It is situated close to the German border on the banks of the River Waal, a branch of the Rhine. Badly damaged during the Second World War, much was done to rebuild the city in the post-war period leaving monuments of Nijmegen’s rich historical past to occupy a special position in the new city center. Today, it has some 161,000 inhabitants with a significant student population of more than 15,000. It is a green city, a safe and friendly place with a rich social and cultural life – theaters, cultural centers, cinemas and museums number in the twenties. Nijmegen's location and excellent rail service is also ideal for travel throughout Europe during the year.

Radboud University Nijmegen

Radboud University is situated in the oldest city in the Netherlands. It has seven faculties and enrolls over 18,000 students. The Dutch university information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten lists Radboud University as the best general university 2014 of all the traditional general universities in the Netherlands.

Their personal style of teaching ensures that there is plenty of opportunity to work closely with instructors and fellow students in small seminars. Over the last few years, Radboud University has focused on intensifying its education and on increasing study success rates.

Radboud University has grouped its research within research institutes with the aim of creating an optimal research environment which has good focus and a critical mass. One of our distinguishing hallmarks is our emphasis on interdisciplinarity.

The mutual exchange between the city and the University can be heard in the intellectual debates which, in a university city such as Nijmegen, are particularly lively.

Living Arrangements

Student housing is at a premium in the town of Nijmegen, however under the benefits of the bilateral exchange, students who submit the required housing application in a timely manner will be guaranteed adequate housing upon arrival. Once you have been screened for admission and the program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office forwards you name to Nijmegen, you will receive an e-mail from the International Office at Nijmegen containing full information on how to apply to Radboud University; this will include an application for housing.

For a discussion of housing in the ECTS Guide go here.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Nijmegen by the required date. Information for arrival will be provided by Radboud University’s International Office upon acceptance.


Students must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPAand have completed at least one semester in residence at the University of Iowa. Preference is given to UI participants who will have junior or senior standing during their session abroad.

How to Apply

Students are encouraged to discuss their interest with Netherlands program advisor Aubree Compton in the UI Study Abroad office as soon as possible. They must provide a viable study plan before receiving instructions for completing an application to Radboud University.

Application Deadline and Instructions

The application deadline is April 10 for fall semester or the academic year, and October 30 for the spring.

Before starting an application for this program, students should must meet with Study Abroad advisor Aubree Compton to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After receiving permission from Aubree Compton to apply to this program, click here to apply.


For Spring 2014, the semester cost of tuition and fees was Resident $4030.50, Nonresident $13,465.50.

Additional cost including University of Iowa administrative fees, airfare, local housing and living expenses, visa fees and health insurance was estimated at $8000. This does not include textbooks, out-of-pocket expenses, personal travel.

For information on local living expenses, go here and click on the tab Practical matters; see Housing and Daily expenses.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Orientation Information

Once accepted, students will receive a current ECTS Guide from Radboud University’s International Office with comprehensive information about student life in Nijmegen. Students should plan to arrive for orientation at Radboud about 10 days before the first day of classes.

Prior to departure, all students also attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. In addition, the exchange program adviser provides individualized information about billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343