Partners

The Virtual Exchange Programme gives you the opportunity to take online, for-credit courses from international world-class institutions, while enrolled full-time in residence at your home university. Recognizing that ideas transcend nations and that international immersion is essential, this Programme enables you to join a global community of learning and to earn course credits through this exchange.

The Virtual Exchange Programme is very new, undergoing continuous improvement. Participating universities are at different stages of program availability and course offerings, with more courses currently in development for the future. We welcome your feedback.

Current active partners are

Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Delft University of Technology
Delft, The Netherlands
Established in 1842 

Best known for

World-class engineering & technology education and ground breaking research aimed at solving the grand challenges of the world for a sustainable society.

3 things you should know about the university

Innovative student projects - Dream Teams - in upcoming fields such as revolutionary mobility (Nuna solar car, winner 8 out of 10 World Solar Challenge Race, and Hyperloop capsule, winner Tesla's Elon Musk Prize) and Project MARCH - a versatile exoskeleton to give back full mobility to people with a spinal cord injury.

Leading role in Open Science and Open Education.

Awarded two Nobel Prizes: for Chemistry and Physics.

Ranking

52nd in QS World University Rankings:

  • 3rd for Architecture (3)
  • 4th Civil Engineering
  • Top50 in 10 other subjects

63rd in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings

4th Europe/ 9th Global Top University Business Incubator (2015)

Website

https://www.tudelft.nl

Social media

https://www.facebook.com/TUDelft/

https://twitter.com/tudelft

https://www.youtube.com/user/tudelft

https://www.linkedin.com/school/tu-delft

https://www.instagram.com/tudelft/

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switserland
Established in 1853

Best known for

EPFL operates a nuclear reactor CROCUS, a Tokamak Fusion reactor, a Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer and P3 bio-hazard facilities.

EPFL is the coordinator of the Human Brain Project, European Commission Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship project.

Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range solar powered aircraft project developed at EPFL, the project has now achieved the first circumnavigation of the world using only solar power.

3 things you should know about the university

EPFL is a bilingual university (French/English). At Bachelor's level, a majority of courses are taught in French, where at Master's level English becomes the most used language. 

All courses have a MOODLE page (https://moodle.epfl.ch) where professors publish the syllabus and practicalities about the course. On top of that, EPFL MOOCs are available through EdX or Coursera.

EPFL courses organize only one exam session per year, no re-sits are available. Grades are between 1 and 6, with 6 representing highest and 1 the lowest possible grade. All grades 4 and higher are considered sufficient (a pass).

Ranking

Europe World
Leiden Crown Indicator (PP top 10%)318
Times ranking, Engineering & Technology514
Times ranking Physical Sciences515
Times ranking Universities under 5011
Shanghai 2016 Eng., Tech. & Computer Science   211
QS Global ranking612


Website

https://www.epfl.ch

Social media

https://www.facebook.com/epflcampus

https://www.linkedin.com/school/epfl/

https://twitter.com/epfl_en

https://www.youtube.com/user/epflnews

https://www.instagram.com/epflcampus/

https://plus.google.com/+EpflCh

Leiden University, the Netherlands

Universiteit Leiden
Leiden, The Netherlands
Established in 1575

Best known for

International Research University

As a prominent European research institution, Leiden University plays a leading international role in scientific research and teaching are crucial for a safe, healthy, sustainable, prosperous and just world. To this end, the University is actively engaged in developing, disseminating and applying scientific knowledge and is a reliable voice in societal and political debates, both nationally and internationally.

3 things you should know about the university

Oldest university in The Netherlands

Freedom of Spirit, thought and expression

Responsibility towards society

Ranking

Times Higher Education: 67th

Website

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/

Social media

Facebook Universiteit Leiden/Leiden University

Instagram Universiteit Leiden

Rice University, USA

Rice
Houston, Texas, USA
Established in 1912

Best known for

Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is well known for its engineering, music, and architecture programs. The University has one of the best materials science programs in the U.S., and has built an excellent reputation for its nanotechnology research.

3 things you should know about the university

To date, Rice has facilitated the creation of 90+ online courses, and enrolled more than 1.5 million learners from over 195 countries across the globe.

95% of Rice students who apply to graduate or professionals schools are admitted by commencement.

Rice’s approximately 3,900 undergraduates and 2,600 graduate students come from the U.S. and 76 countries or regions. 40% of the student population speak more than one language.

Ranking

The university is ranked on number 14 in the U.S. News & World Report

Website

https://www.rice.edu/

Social media

https://twitter.com/riceuniversity

https://www.facebook.com/RiceUniversity/

https://www.instagram.com/riceuniversity/

https://www.linkedin.com/school/rice-university/

https://www.youtube.com/riceuniversity

The Australian National University, Australia

Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Established in 1946

Best known for

ANU is a world-leading university in Australia's capital city, Canberra. Our location points to our unique history, ties to the Australian Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people.

Our focus on excellence in research and education ensures our graduates are in demand the world-over, well-prepared to address complex contemporary challenges.

3 things that you should know about the university

ANU is a member of the Group of Eight, and is the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), a collaboration of 11 of the world's leading research-intensive universities.

ANU has 6 Nobel Laureates among our staff and alumni.

We have a five star maximum rating for student demand; research intensity; research grants; staff qualifications; and graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide 2018).

Website

http://www.anu.edu.au/

Social media

https://www.facebook.com/TheAustralianNationalUniversity

https://twitter.com/anumedia

https://www.linkedin.com/school/162587/

https://www.youtube.com/user/ANUchannel

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong
Established in 1991

Best known for

A dynamic, international research university, in relentless pursuit of excellence, leading the advance of science, technology, business and humanities, and educating the new generation of front-runners for the world. Since its official opening in October 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has established itself as an intellectual powerhouse, energizing the community’s transformation into a knowledge-based society, and securing a place on the academic world map in record-breaking time.

3 things that you should know about the university

The media of instruction at HKUST is English

Very extensive exchange program with close to 50% of our students spending at least one semester as exchange students in one of our 250+ exchange partners around the world by the time they graduate.

A University of Science & Technology with almost every discipline we have in the Science and Engineering Schools ranked within top 50 in the world, and a Business School with the EMBA program rank 1st in both the QS and the Financial Times Global EMBA rankings.

Ranking

HKUST ranked 37th in the World’s top 1000 Universities 2019 in QS World University Rankings. In the Times Higher Education rankings, HKUST ranked 1st in World’s Young University Rankings 2017 and 2018, and 12th in the Global University Employability Rankings 2017.

Website

http://www.ust.hk/

Social media

http://facebook.com/HKUST

https://www.instagram.com/hkust/

http://www.youtube.com/user/HKUST

https://www.linkedin.com/school/11966

The University of Adelaide, Australia

The University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia
Established in 1874

3 things you should know about the university

Julia Gillard, the first female Prime Minster of Australia, attended the university. 

NASA Astronaut, Andy Thomas, studied Engineering at the university.

70% of all Australian grape and wine research is conducted at the university.

Ranking

Top 1% of universities worldwide

134 in Times Higher Education

109 in QS World University Rankings

139 in Academic Rankings of World Universities

Website

https://www.adelaide.edu.au

Social media

https://www.facebook.com/uniofadelaide

https://twitter.com/uniofadelaide

https://www.instagram.com/uniofadelaide/

https://www.linkedin.com/school/university-of-adelaide/

https://www.youtube.com/user/universityofadelaide

https://www.snapchat.com/add/uniofadelaide

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)
Madrid, Spain
Established in 1989

Best known for

UC3M aims to contribute to the improvement of society through high quality teaching and top research. UC3M is driven by innovation and offers a broad range of master’s and bachelor’s degree programs in English.

3 things that you should know about  the university

Degree programs in Engineering have been awarded with the EUR-ACE label by the ENNAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).

UC3M is the first public university in Spain to have obtained the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. This recognition is granted to fewer than 5% of business administration degree programs worldwide.

Over 20% of the student body at UC3M is made up of international students. 

Ranking

22nd in QS Ranking Top 50 Under 50 2019

253rd in QS World University Rankings 2019

170th in QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2019

75th in The Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2018

2nd Spanish university in U-2018 Ranking

Website

http://www.uc3m.es

Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/uc3m

https://twitter.com/uc3m

http://www.youtube.com/UC3M

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eventosuc3m/sets

https://www.instagram.com/universidadcarlosiiidemadrid/

Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
Louvain, Belgium
Established in 1425

Best known for

World-class French speaking university offering 42 bachelor degrees and 187 master degrees including 63 advanced masters, from 14 faculties/schools.

3 things that you should know about  the university

Don’t get confused: UCLouvain (French speaking) and KULeuven (Dutch speaking) are two different universities in Belgium, even if soul sisters.

George Lemaître, who proposed the Big Bang theory regarding the origin of the universe, was professor at UCLouvain.

Christian De Duve, UCLouvain professor, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Ranking

153th in QS World University Rankings 2017

128th in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

101 to 150th in Shanghai rankings 2017

Website

https://uclouvain.be/en/

Social media

https://www.facebook.com/UCLouvain/

https://twitter.com/UCLouvain_be

https://www.linkedin.com/school/universite-catholique-de-louvain/

https://www.instagram.com/uclouvain/

https://www.youtube.com/user/universitedelouvain

University of Queensland, Australia

University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Established in 1909

Best known for

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions.
We strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, we have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

3 things you should know about the university

The University’s outstanding 250,000-plus alumni include a Nobel laureate, two Fortune 500 company CEOs,
an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, law, science, public service and the arts.

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, a founding member of the Group of
Eight (Go8) universities, and a member of Universities Australia.

UQx has 47 MOOCs running on edX with more under development. UQx MOOCs cover subjects drawn from
many disciplines along with meta-skills courses in employability and teamwork. Since releasing its first course
on edX in March 2014, UQx has registered more than 1.8 million participants representing every country.

Ranking

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities.
The University also ranks 47 in the QS World University Rankings, 45 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 65 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 55 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Website

https://www.uq.edu.au/

Social media

https://www.facebook.com/uniofqld

https://twitter.com/uq_news

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uqnews/sets/

https://www.instagram.com/uniofqld/

https://www.youtube.com/user/universityqueensland

https://www.linkedin.com/school/university-of-queensland/

UPMC Sorbonne Université, France

Sorbonne Université
Paris, France
Established in 2018

Best know for

The historic tradition of Arts and Humanities at the world-renowned Sorbonne in the heart of Paris.

3 things you should know about the university

On 1 January 2018, Paris-Sorbonne merged with Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), the top French university in science and medicine.

It houses the European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC) headquarters in Paris and operates its three marine stations off the coast of France (which make up the EMBRC French node).

Transversal research institutes to tackle today’s complex challenges, medical institutes in specific domains that span fundamental research, clinical practice, care and teaching.

Ranking

73rd in the annual general ranking of Times Higher Education 2019

Shanghai 2017

  • Mathematics – 3rd in the World, 1st in Europe
  • Statistics – 2nd in Europe
  • Physics – 3rd in Europe, 2nd in France
  • Chemistry – 5th in Europe
  • Earth Sciences – 3rd in Europe
  • Ecology – 1st in France
  • Mechanical Engineering– 1st in France
  • Material Sciences – 4th in Europe
  • Biological Sciences – 1st in France
  • Human Biological Sciences – 3rd in Europe
  • Clinical Medicine – 1st in France
  • Pharmaceutical science –2nd in Europe, 1st in France

Website

https://www.sorbonne-universite.fr/en

Social media

https://twitter.com/Sorbonne_Univ_

https://www.facebook.com/sorbonne.univ.paris/

https://www.instagram.com/sorbonne_univ/

https://www.linkedin.com/school/sorbonne-universite/

https://www.youtube.com/c/SorbonneUniversite

Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen, The Netherlands
Established in 1918

Best known for

The domain of Wageningen University & Research, Healthy Food and the Living Environment, consists of three related core areas:

- Food and food production

- Living environment

- Health, lifestyle and livelihood

The strength of Wageningen University & Research lies in its ability to join the forces of the university and specialised research institutes.

The scientific quality of Wageningen University & Research is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes.

3 thing you should know about the university

Our mission is ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’.

In our characteristic Wageningen Approach, we combine efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education.

Our community is truly international. Over 6,500 employees and 12.000 students from more than hundred countries, work and study together.

Ranking

Times Higher Education 47

Shanghai 100-150

Website

www.wur.nl

Social media

https://www.facebook.com/WUR

https://twitter.com/WUR

https://www.instagram.com/uniwageningen/?hl=en

https://www.youtube.com/user/WageningenUniversity

https://www.linkedin.com/school/wur/