Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Study and internship abroad

Sport Studies - track ISMB and Sportkunde – leerroute SM&O

On this page you can find information about the options for students of Sport Studies - track ISMB to follow a minor or do an internship abroad. This page is updated regularly.

Watch the video below, made by two SM&O students who studied at Molde University, Norway, to get a nice impression of what it's like to follow your minor abroad.

Download the step by step plan on the right of this page to view an outline of the steps you have to take in order to follow your minor abroad. Download the presentation of the information session held on the 9th of January by clicking here.

The programme of Sport Studies/Sportkunde set up agreements with foreign universities, which makes it possible for you to follow your minor at one of these so-called 'partner universities' without paying double tuition fees. Each year a fixed number of our students can go to these universities and a fixed number of their students can come here in return ('exchange'). Depending on the agreements made per partner, we can exchange two to five students per academic year. 

Internal selection procedure

Until the 20th of February you could apply for the internal selection procedure for a minor at one of the foreign partner universities of Sportkunde/Sport studies in semester 1 or 2 of study year 2020-2021.

There will be another selection round in september 2020, for those who want to study abroad in semester 2 of study year 2020-2021. Note that not all spots will be available then, as some may already have been taken during the first round. However, one or two new partners may end up in the list.

The selection is based upon the GPA's of the candidates. The GPA's are calculated upon the grades students received from the beginning of their first study year until a cut-off-date soon after the application deadline. The GPA's will be compared to each other: the higher your GPA, the higher the chance that you will be selected for your first choice.

Application to partner university

Once you are selected by us for a certain partner university, you have to formally apply for this university. The procedure and deadline depend on the university; you will receive more information from the international office when you are selected. 

Your placement is only certain once the partner has accepted your application and once there is an agreement between our exam board and the partner on the courses you choose to follow.


When you study your minor abroad, you usually have to choose your own set of courses of 30 ECTS in total, which will count as your minor altogether. At some universities you can follow a fixed 30 ECTS programme, similar to a minor. 

Step-by-step plan

Have a look at the step-by-step plan to get a quick overview of what you have to do to follow your minor abroad. 

Below you can find an overview of the partner universities of Sport Studies and Sportkunde, including important links, information on courses, tips from other students, etc.

Belgium: Vives University of Applied Sciences (Bruges & Kortrijk)

Brasil: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná PUCPR (Curitiba)

  • Download factsheet about the exchange programme at this university.
  • Read here and here more about this university.
  • Download this document about the experiences of other students at PUCPR.

Cyprus: University of Nicosia (Nicosia)

  • There are many types of English taught courses available, please see this page. You can combine courses from different study fields, as long as they match your background and there are no schedule clashes.
  • Download this document to read about the experiences of fellow students at this university.

Finland: Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences SEAMK (Seinäjoki)

  • You can follow their 'Gateway to International Business' programme for instance. Please find the overview of available programmes here.
  • In this document you can read about the experiences a Nutrition student had at this university.

Finland: University of Jyväskylä (Jyväskylä) 

  • Download factsheet about the university.
  • On this page you can find information about the courses at their Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences. We cooperate with this faculty, but in some cases you can also follow courses from other faculties. Pick a field you are interested in and read the information carefully. 
  • Read the tips en ervaringen of students who studied here. 

Greece: Hellenic Mediterranean University (Crete)

  • Have a look at this page for more information.
  • You can find their course offer here. Note that you cannot always combine courses of different fields, due to the fact that the university is spread out over different locations. Furthermore, there may be background requirements.

Norway: Molde University (Molde)

  • Refer to this page for information about the available courses amongst others. Here you can find some general information about the exchange programme.
  • Read about the experiences and tips of students who followed their minor at this university.

Norway: Oslo Metropolitan University (Oslo)

  • On this page you can find general information about studying at this university and in Oslo. 
  • You can follow courses from their faculties of Health Sciences and Education and International Studies. Specific study background criteria may count for each course.
  • Note: we have only one spot available for SM&O/ISMB students at this university.

Singapore: James Cook University (Singapore)

  • You can study at this university for a trimester (4 months). Trimesters start in March, July and November. 
  • Have a look at this page for more information.
  • You should take 4 subjects in order to receive 30 ECTS. Please find an overview here of the available courses. Note: you can choose courses from the fields of Sport and Event Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism management.
  • Download this document about the experiences of a SM&O student at JCU.

Spain: Universidad Católica de Valencia “San Vicente Mártir” (Valencia)

  • Have a look at this page for information about this new partner.
  • Download their English course catalogue here.  Not that not all courses are fully taught in English: refer to the 'notes' on the left.  

United Kingdom: Coventry University (Coventry)​

  • You can either study at their Faculty of Business & Law (courses semester 1 and semester 2) or Faculty of Health & Life sciences (courses).
  • Read the Erasmus pre-arrival guide, to get an impression of what it's like to follow an exchange semester at Coventry University.
  • Read the experiences and tips of other students who studied at this university. Have a look at the presentation of two Nutrition students about Coventry University.

United Kingdom: University of Northumbria (Newcastle)

  • On this page you can find information about following an exchange semester at this new partner university. 
  • Here you can find information about the available courses. Please note: you will have to choose between following Sport courses or Business courses; you may not be able to combine different types of courses.

United Kingdom: University of Worcester (Worcester)

  • In this document you can find information about the courses. There are many options, but please mind the background criteria per course. 
  • Read here about the experiences of students who have studied here for a semester.

United States: Temple University (Philadelphia)

  • You can only follow your minor at this university when you are in your fourth year. If you follow your minor at Temple University, you are expected to also follow a master at this university after completing your bachelor.
  • Download the presentation about the minor and master options at this university.
  • Read the tips and experiences of students who followed their minor at this university earlier.

It's also possible to follow your minor at a foreign university with which Sport Studies and Sportkunde do not have an agreement. In this case you will become a so-called 'free mover'. 

  • If you follow your minor abroad as a free mover, you have to pay tuition fees to both the foreign university as to the AUAS. If you study at a partner university, you only pay tuition fees to the AUAS. 
  • As a free mover you cannot apply for the Erasmus grant. If you do your minor outside of Europe, the FBSV scholarship and Holland Scholarship are available however.
  • The application procedure as a free mover usually takes longer and therefore it is advisable to start your search for a foreign study place on time (about a year in advance).
  • Sometimes we can set up a contract with the university you wish to go to, so you will not have to pay double tuition fees. Please contact the International office for more information.

Have a look at Centuri for an overview of the options and contact Claire Powell, the internship coordinator of Sport Studies - track ISMB and Sportkunde – leerroute SM&O. 


If you are planning on studying or doing an internship abroad, you have to ask for approval from the exam board for the programme you wish to follow. This is necessary in order to make sure that the credits you receive abroad will be accepted here. 

Refer to this page for more information on the Sport Studies - track ISMB exam board and to download the request form. Note that you have to add the description of each course you wish to take at the foreign university, as each course needs to be approved.

  • Please note: you should have approval from both the International office as the Exam board to follow your minor abroad! We recommend you to hand in your Exam board request once you are selected by the International office for one of the partners (otherwise you may be requesting it for nothing!) 
  • We advise you to ask approval for about 45 ECTS in courses (instead of 30). We do this because it happens sometimes that a partner university does not offer a course after all or because it's not possible to combine certain courses due to schedule clashes.

There are a few minors of other AUAS faculties in which students go abroad part of the semester. You can also apply for one of these minors. 

For instance:

You can also follow your master abroad, after finishing your bachelor in Sport Studies or Sportkunde. With the following universities and master programmes we have good contacts and/or experiences. Of course you can also search for a foreign master abroad by yourself.

Japan: University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba)

Norway: Molde University (Molde)

United Kingdom: Loughborough University (Loughborough)

United Kingdom: University of Edinburgh 

United States: Ohio University (Athens)

United States: Temple University (Philadelphia)

Published by  Faculty Sports and Nutrition 6 March 2020