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Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Radboud University is a truly international institution with students from all over the world. There are many international courses and programmes in which Dutch and foreign students participate together. The different backgrounds of those who study and teach at the University help to reinforce our common objective: to achieve the highest possible standard of education and research. Radboud University offers a full range of more than 250 courses in English for exchange students at all faculties.

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Radboud University


  • Nijmegen

Program Term

  • Academic Year
  • Spring

Language of Instruction

  • Dutch
  • English

Exchange Program


Program Details

Academic Program

Radboud University is a large university with over 19,000 students currently enrolled, which makes it slight larger than UAlbany. Besides these students, there are also approximately 1,850 international students currently in Nijmegen.

Radboud University consists of seven different faculties (Colleges):

1. Faculty of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies

2. Faculty of Arts

3. Faculty of Law

4. Faculty of Social Sciences

5. Faculty of Science

6. Nijmegen School of Management

7. Faculty of Medical Science

You are free to select courses in any faculty if you meet the prerequisites for the specific classes. The full admission requirements are listed online. 

Knowledge of the Dutch language is not required, as every student and professor has a proficient command of the English language. In addition, Radboud University offers more than 250 courses that are fully taught in English across the seven faculties.

Two academic features that are characteristic of Radboud University are the informal relationship between students and professors and the fact that the university is a close-knit community despite the fact that the university is quite large in terms of the number of currently enrolled students. Many courses are being taught on a small scale which creates a more productive learning climate as it allows for more interaction between students and professors.

Radboud University has recently developed special Certificate Programs (RCP) for international students. These programs are partially based on the popularity of the current courses among international students and have been clustered thematically. These Certificate Programs will broaden your knowledge because these programs are mostly interdisciplinary of character. That is, these programs allow you to follow courses from other faculties than your own. The Radboud Certificate Programs (RCP) consist of three to five coherent modules of approximately 20 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). After successful completion of a Certificate Program you will receive an official certificate.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Radboud University offers approximately 200 courses in English for exchange students. On this page you will be able to search for courses by faculty. Choose a faculty and open an overview with courses offered.

Please note that the course information presented at this moment might still be subject to change!

Furthermore, please note there might be restrictions on the number of courses you are allowed to take at faculties other than the faculty you will be registered at.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 

Your Instructors

Your courses are taught by local faculty.


For exchange students, there are two possible ways to arrange accommodation in Nijmegen:

1. The Housing department of the International Office can assist you.  A request for assistance can be made by indicating on your online application that you need housing. More information can be found at Radboud’s website.

2. You can search for accommodation yourself. Information on this website is useful for finding rooms in Nijmegen. A furnished room with shared kitchen, toilet and shower facilities will rent for approximately up to €400 per month (about $520 Dollars per month).


There are cafeterias on campus where you can get meals. However, many Dutch and international students choose to prepare meals for themselves in their own accommodation which offers shared kitchens. Learn more online.


Review this program’s Estimate of Costs.  Note, there may be several tabs in the Estimate of Costs. Please be sure that you are reviewing the tab for your anticipated semester abroad.

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Both juniors and seniors are welcome to apply for an exchange period for one or two semesters at the Radboud University Nijmegen. There is no need to be able to speak Dutch as every student and employee at the university is capable of speaking English proficiently. Also, in terms of courses and classes, there is no need to worry about a language barrier since there are more than 250 courses at the university which the primary language of instruction is English. 

Only two (2) courses can be selected outside your primary faculty (department). You are free to select two courses in other faculties if you meet the prerequisites for those classes. The full admission requirements are listed online. 

Experiential Learning

Check out this video of some of the cultural activities and events!

The Netherlands is a small but very versatile country. Next to numerous interesting and historical sites, it also has a lot of natural beauty to discover! From the Wadden islands and the Veluwe, to the famous bulb fields and Dutch beaches. Discover the different regions during your stay here by joining one of these excursions.

Student Clubs and Organizations

There are multiple student organizations specifically for international students. Check them out online!


ISN Nijmegen

From February 2018 onwards Nijmegen will also have a new student organization called ISN Nijmegen. Like their facebook to keep updated on the activities they will organize for international students during the year. ISN Nijmegen is part of ESN. Have a look at their website or download their flyer here (pdf, 5.4 MB).


Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

In Their Own Words

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Program Advisor

Curry, Mark

About the City


The lovely university town of Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands. Nijmegen has everything a student could wish for: museums, theatres, excellent sports facilities, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.

Nijmegen is surrounded by forests with excellent hiking and bicycle trails. The city is famous for its Four Days Marches, where people from all over the world walk together for 4 consecutive days. The walking event takes place each July.

The Netherlands 

Commonly referred to as Holland, the Netherlands is a small country with 12 provinces, bordered by Belgium and Germany. In the low-lying country of the Netherlands, the Dutch are most well known for windmills, clogs, tulips, bicycles and their unique political and social tolerance. Visitors to the Netherlands can anticipate an annual visit from Sinterklass (Saint Nicholas) in December and celebrate Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) every April with a citywide festival in Amsterdam. The Netherlands is also home to several National Parks that are available for recreational purposes, as well as nature and environmental education, nature-oriented recreation and research.

Check out this video about studying in the Netherlands!

Radboud University’s website also has information on what it is like to live in Nijmegen.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. . Radboud University offers resources and help to obtain your residence permit. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring programs: July
  • Fall/Year programs: December

Program Dates

Fall 2019

8/18/2019 to 1/31/2020

Spring 2020

1/20/2020 to 7/10/2020 *Exact Arrival date available upon acceptance. 

For details, check out the Radboud Academic Calendar online.

*The regular Fall semester ends in February but many courses can be finished early. As an exchange student, you can take your exams early or remotely for some courses. Contact us to see if the courses you want to take are able to be finished on time for your return to the USA and the start of your spring semester.

About the Program

Radboud University is a truly international institution with students from all over the world. There are many international courses and programmes in which Dutch and foreign students participate together. The different backgrounds of those who study and teach at the University help to reinforce our common objective: to achieve the highest possible standard of education and research. Radboud University offers a full range of more than 250 courses in English for exchange students at all faculties.

Radboud University give you 10 reasons to choose to study there. Check these out online!

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at Radboud, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. Radboud’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.