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Venlo, Netherlands (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
|Host University Website:||Click to visit|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2016||10/15/2015 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Language of Instruction:||English||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Class Eligibility:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore||Housing Options:||Apartments, Off-Campus, Residence Halls|
|Language Courses Offered:||No||Internships Available:||No|
|Faculty Led:||No||Exchange Program:||Yes|
Fontys is a leading European university of applied sciences, which includes 29 institutes located in the South-East of the Netherlands. Fontys International Campus Venlo, together with Eindhoven and Tilburg, is one of the three largest Fontys campuses, located right at the border with Germany.
Fontys International Campus Venlo houses three institutes – Fontys International Business School, Fontys School of Technics and Logistics and Fontys Institute for Teacher Training. Fontys International Business School (or FIBS) is the biggest and most international of the three institutes, having active partnerships and student exchange with over 80 universities around the world.
Fontys University offers high quality programs that combine theory with practical experience. More than 36,000 students have chosen Fontys University as their educational provider, making it the largest higher educational institution in the Netherlands. Teaching is carried out in a small-scale environment so that attention is focused on a student’s personal development. At the same time students are able to profit from the huge diversity offered by a large institution. Because of its location on the border of Germany and Fontys University’s International focus, the student population is extremely diverse with a high number of German students and others from around the world. For more information about the University of Fontys, visit their website.
Buddies: Each exchange student will have a buddy, an older Fontys student, who will guide the student through the arrival and the first weeks in Venlo. Each buddy will assist a group of students assigned to him/her and the exchange students will be contacted by their buddy a few weeks before their arrival.
Location: Venlo, the Netherlands
The International Campus of Fontys University is located in Venlo, Netherlands, which is on borders of southeastern Netherlands and Germany. Venlo has approximately 90,000 inhabitants and became an established city around 1343. Due to its location on the River Maas, it was able to develop into a thriving place of commerce at this early stage. The Venlo area has an abundance of natural beauty, located between several national parks: the German-Dutch Maas-Schwalm-Nette Park, Maasduinen National Park and the Groote Peel National Park. The banks of the Maas River are also a favorite location for picnicking or strolling. With a vision on its ‘green’ environment, there is a wealth of ‘green’ inside the city itself.
Every Venlo resident can be in the heart of the natural environment within ten minutes by bicycle. Recreational opportunities in Venlo are also plentiful for participants and spectators alike. There are several quality golf courses around the city. Venlo also offers plenty of entertainment: theaters, cinemas, pubs and bars. There is a historic shopping center with a wide variety of shops combined with authentic bars, restaurants and pavement cafés. Many museums, theaters, cinemas and traditional carnivals make Venlo a regional entertainment center.
Exchange students at Fontys International Business School can choose a suitable programme from the following study courses taught in English:
- International Business & Management Studies
- International Marketing
- International Business Economics
- International Fresh Business Management
- English Language, European Culture and Marketing
A detailed description of each programme is available at this link. All programmes have a list of set courses and optional courses. Students do not have to choose all courses from each programme, but it is not allowed to combine courses from different programmes due to scheduling conflicts. The average workload per semester at FIHE is 30 ECTS credits. Students will meet with their program director or academic adviser to select courses that will meet degree requirements at UW-Stout and take the equivalent of 15 semester credits.
European Business Summer Project (EBSP): Universitat de Vic (Spain), Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland) and Fontys International Business School (the Netherlands) have joined hands and created a special program that will offer a unique European experience. During a period of 25 days, you will visit the three countries and you will work on a project in teams. In all three countries, you will learn about the ins and outs of the different business cultures. You will also visit companies and there will of course be time for a social program as well. Students will gain 3 credits for the program. More information can be found at this link.
Accommodation: Fontys does not have dormitories on campus, but students can apply for a dormitory off-campus with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. The room will be furnished, and contains at least a bed (including duvet and pillow and 1 set of bed linen), cupboard, desk and chair. All accommodations are located within 5-10 minutes cycling distance from the campus and the rent ranges from € 350 to € 425 per month.
It is common, that the accommodation agency will require the following additional costs before students can have access to their rooms:
- Two months of rent
- A refundable deposit, usually amounting to one month of rental fees, as a security bond in relation to any possible damage or extra cleaning of the accommodation
For accommodation application, students have to submit an accommodation form to Fontys by November 15th, 2014. This form is available through their online application which you will be instructed to complete during the application process. Please note, that a submitted accommodation form is a binding contract and students are assigned to their individual rooms by Fontys. Additional living costs for a student in Venlo ranges from € 600 to € 800 per month. This amount covers rent, food, public transportation, study materials and other general costs.
Passport: Students will need to have a passport study in the Netherlands. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.
Visa: Students will need to have a visa to study in the Netherlands. The current cost of a visa is €433. The Office of International Education can assist you with this process.
Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the Netherlands. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Europe before or after the program.
Click below to see a breakdown of the estimated program costs:
- Fall Semester
- Spring Semester
- Summer Session
Students who are eligible for financial aid may use applicable grants, scholarships and loans to pay for study abroad programs at UW-Stout. Participants should apply for aid in the same manner as a typical semester on campus then provide your financial aid counselor with the estimated costs from the link above. Every student’s financial situation is different, meet with your financial aid counselor to discuss your options today!
Financial Aid Office
210 Bowman Hall