The Faculty of Science strongly believes in increasing involvement with relations worldwide. We want to be an appealing university to leading academics and to outstanding students looking for quality. Internationalisation helps to create an appropriate academic and intellectual climate with open-minded colleagues and students. We see internationalisation as a means to invests in high-quality education and research.

The faculty appointed a coordinator Internationalisation who coordinates internationalisation issues within the faculty. She also represents the faculty in university internationalization meetings. The Faculty of Science Work Programme Internationalisation 2018 – 2021  is strongly embedded in the Faculty’s Strategic Plan.

Top priorities 2018-2020
  • Selecting, attracting and binding excellent international staff at senior level 
    • An International Service Desk (ISD) package used throughout the Faculty for international staff recruitment including a tailor-made offer
    • A plan how to handle the needs of new international staff
    • All information available in English and Dutch
  • attracting the excellent international student.
    • Start English taught interdisciplinary Life Science Bachelor programme in September 2020.
    • Increase English taught Bachelor courses by 30% in 2021
Highlights in 2018
  • Faculty of Science has 29% international employees
  • The Graduate School of Life Sciences and the Graduate School of Natural Sciences offer only English taught Master’s programmes and  have 23% international 1st year students
  • All Faculty communication is in English or bilingual
  • The faculty offers 119% more undergraduate English taught courses compared to 2014/20152
  • 2 English taught interdisciplinary minors (Complex systems and The brain, the mind and consciousness)


Student mobility at the Faculty of Science

In 2017/2018 outgoing student mobility has increased by 75% compared to 2014/2015 (185 versus 106 students). The number of Incoming exchange students has increased by 15% (90 versus 78 students).


Contact information

Science International Office:

The Science International Office facilitates student and staff exchange both outgoing and incoming. It is responsible for the faculties’ Interinstitutional agreements with partner universities.

Who is who?

Liesbeth Achterberg, Science International Officer. Responsible for the daily business of incoming and outgoing students and staff from/to our partner universities in European countries.

Iris Caris, Policy advisor Internationalisation. Responsible for Internationalisation policy, faculty liaison for internationalisation, Interinstitutional agreements, evaluation and communication. As research project coordinator responsible for placement agreements.

Domain meeting Internationalisation once a month:

Education: Iris Caris (Chair and Faculty liaison)
Research and Valorisation: Anje Bakker
Communication and Marketing: Tamar Aprahamian
Human Resources:  Claudia Cozijnsen
Operational Management: Marieke Maas.

Increased student mobility

Increased student mobility is a priority at the Faculty of Science. With 185 outgoing students in 2017/2018 outgoing mobility has increased by 75% compared to 2014/2015. Incoming mobility increased by 15% this period. Compared to other UU faculties student mobility is relatively low. The graph shows the number of incoming (IN) and outgoing (OUT) students per Department of the Faculty of Science in 2014/2015 and in 2017/2018.