Set up a study programme

It is required that you make a study program for each place you apply for, in order to be eligible for exchange places and scholarships.
Examine which courses are offered at the partner university. You should try to see if you can find information about courses and the content on the website of the individual universities.
You can see our guide here.

If you have been awarded an exchange place, your study board must preapprove your study program to ensure credit transfer to your SDU degree when you return. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is it necessary to adjust the study programme along the way?

You should be aware that the curriculums you use to set up your pre-approved study program are likely to be outdated when you are going abroad. This means that later it may be necessary to adjust the study program. You are responsible for making sure you have been signed up for the proper courses before your departure. It is also possible that the curriculum has been expanded so that upon arrival you are able to choose additional courses. You are not bound by an earlier pre-approved study program, but you must always make sure that the study board approves your new study program and also inform The International Office about your changes.

What should I upload to the study board?

When you submit your study program for pre-approval at the study board it is usually sufficient to enclose a brief course description as well as the number of ECTS / Credits – but make sure you check your own study board’s requirements.

Which courses can I choose abroad?

The study program should correspond to the courses at SDU. It is easier to transfer credits to elective courses at SDU since you will have more flexibility in the choice of courses at the partner university. Electives abroad do not need to match electives offered at SDU, but they must be relevant for your degree. There may be specific requirements from the study board, e.g. that you cannot choose that are similar to courses you have already completed.

If you have to transfer credits for mandatory courses, it requires that you are able to find courses that are very similar to the ones you should have attended at SDU.

How many ECTS should I apply for?

The Study program must be composed so that it corresponds to the time of your stay. This will usually be 30 ECTS for one semester and 60 ECTS for one academic year. This means that it is important that you save enough ECTS points for the period you are going abroad.
If you have a hard time finding all courses abroad you are allowed to attend to one course online through blackboard and still be considered a full-time student. If you receive SU, it is a requirement that you are a full time student during your period abroad – otherwise your monthly SU-grant might be reduced.

Does the credits at the host university correspond to ECTS?

If you choose to study abroad within the EU, it is often easy to compare courses as the majority of universities use ECTS. Outside of Europe, you will often be met by another credit system. 

 If you are going outside Europe, it can be necessary to convert credits to ECTS. This is possible with the following document: 

Remember that it is your job to document the workload that your stay requires.

Can I take courses at another academic level?

You must take courses at the same academic level as your degree at SDU. If you study a graduate degree, you cannot select courses at undergraduate level abroad.

If you think it may be relevant for you to take courses at a higher level, you should discuss it thoroughly with your study board. However, you cannot be sure that the partner university will let you attend graduate courses if you haven’t completed an undergraduate degree.

Please be aware, that it can be difficult to plan to study abroad on the 1st semester of the graduate degree since many overseas universities will require proof of a completed undergraduate degree, which you may not have at the time you submit your application to the host university.



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