UNC's exchange program with Radboud University gives students the opportunity to experience Dutch culture in the Netherlands while studying for a year or during the spring semester. The original exchange was between the American Studies Department here at UNC and their counterpart department at Radboud University. For a few years now, students have been able to take courses in other departments so it is no longer necessary to be an AMST major to study at Radboud. Learning Dutch is a good idea but most Dutch speak very good English and students have no problem getting to know the local students as well as many internationals.
As one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Nijmegen has a rich history: it was originally a Roman settlement, and in the Middle Ages became the site of the Valkhof, Charlemagne's residential palace. Equally characteristic of Nijmegen is the Waalboulevard, the promenade around the river Waal, with its cosmopolitan atmosphere. Students should expect a less flexible personal work schedule than at UNC, since library and sometimes computer facilities are closed at nights and on weekends.
The classes at Nijmegen are taught mainly in Dutch, however, many classes are now taught in English. Classes in German, French, and Spanish are also available. UNC's exchange with Nijmegen was initially in their academic department of American Studies, where all of the classes are taught in English. Students may, however, take classes across the university from a catalog of approximately 200 courses in English.
Students will be formally admitted by the Faculty of Arts, in which they must take at least 2 courses, though may take courses in other faculties. Course offerings open to exchange students are listed by each individual Faculty. Semesters at Radboud are split into periods, or quarters. Therefore the spring semester is periods 3 and 4.
International exchange students at Radboud University are now also able to choose from a variety of certificate, or minor, programs. These programs are partially based on the popularity of the current courses among international students and have been clustered thematically. The Radboud Certificate Programmes consist of three to five coherent modules (approx. 20 ECTS). After successful completion of the program the student will receive an official Radboud Certificate. For students wishing to learn Dutch, the University Language Center offers four levels of Social Dutch each semester. This course, which requires an additional fee, is intended mainly for visiting students who wish to improve their ability to communicate and socialize in Dutch culture.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
Students are usually housed in furnished apartments shared with other students, which is a great opportunity for making friends. Housing is scarce, so it is important to fill out request forms promptly.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.