Exchange students 2022-2023

Are you interested in coming to the University of Namur as part of an exchange programme? 

 

The University's International Relations Office is available for students wanting to come to Namur for a mobility period in the framework of a bilateral exchange programme under

  • ERASMUS+ (studying or training)
  • ERASMUS Belgica
  • or other exchange agreements


You will find all relevant information regarding the administrative procedure below on this page page. Please note that the application procedure is identical for all incoming students, with the exception of internship students.

Internship students will first have to identify a professor at UNamur who is willing to welcome you for an internship. Only if you have the professor's agreement, which he or she has to confirm by notifying us at the International Office, can you complete the application procedure.

Getting an agreement can be done through one of two ways:

1. contact the professor directly, based on his/her research interests which are detailed on the faculty pages and your own interests/plans for the internship and convince the professor that both of you can benefit from you coming to Namur for an internship.

2. have one of your professors at your home university contact one of our professors and promote your interest in doing an internship with the UNamur professor.

 


Nomination and Application Deadlines


Fall semester Spring semester:
Nomination April 30 October 15
Application May 15 October 31

 

Application Procedure

Step 1: Go the application link (that has been communicated to via e-mail) and complete the application form. Please note that only the students having been officially nominated by their home university for an exchange semester should complete the application. You should only do so after you have been invited from UNamur's International Relations Office to do so.

Step 2: After submitting the form in step 1, you will receive a confirmation e-mail in which you will also be asked to generate a login and password. Please do this, as you will need that information to then access to the database to complete your application form by completing your personal data and by uploading the necessary documents for your application. Keep the login information for the database safe as you will also need it later on before and during your mobility with us to assist you with practical matters such as downloading your acceptance letter, signing up for the orientation weeks, housing, French as a second language course, your visa application (if you come from a non-European partner), etc.

Step 3: After generating your login and password, please complete your personal information and upload the necessary documents as detailed in the database.

Step 4: Wait for an official acknowledgement from UNamur's international relation's service, that your application is complete and that you have been accepted for your exchange period with us. The notification you will receive at that point will also contain more information on the next steps. Please expect to receive it around May 20 for non-European applicants and June 20 for European applicants for the fall semester and Nov 5 (for the spring semester).

Academic Information

Academic  Calendar

The approximate dates in a typical year are:

Fall term: September 15 - January 31

Spring Term: February 1 - June 30

Please go here for more detail.

Complete Course List

Click on this link for a list on all available UNamur courses by faculty and programme.

Usually all courses are open to exchange students with the exception of first year courses.

For the class schedule please consult this link and a video explaining how to use the class schedule too here. 

Attention: The definite schedule is usually not available before early August before the new academic year. 

Courses taught in English

French is the main language of instruction at UNamur. Most of the courses are taught in French, but some programmes offer a number of courses in English.

Please note that a B1/B2 level in English is recommended if you wish to attend English-taught courses.

The list is available here below :


Note: From the course code one can get some pieces of information, namely:

- the first letter refers to the faculty: L = Faculty of Arts (“Lettres” in French), E = Faculty of Economics, D = Law (“Droit” in French), I = Computer Science (“Informatique” in French), S = Science, M = Medicine

- the three following letters refer

  • to the programme: ex. ECON > Economy or SPHY > Physics
  • to the language: ex. LNRL > Dutch (“Néerlandais” in French) or LALL > German (“Allemand” in French)
  • or the entity ex. IELV > Department of Modern languages

- the fifth letter refers to the study cycle "M" stands for “Master’s” and “B” stands for “Bachelor’s”

- the last 3 digits identify each specific course.

Please note that the term can still change. One has to check this information, before the beginning of the term.


French language courses

Before coming to Namur

We strongly recommend you try to and improve your French language skills before coming to Namur. Already some basic French skills will help you to more successfully cope with some of the practical challenges that exchange students are confronted with in a new environment.

At UNamur

While it is sure that every day interactions with fellow Belgian students and other people in Namur will help you to learn French in a natural way, the University of Namur also developed a number of initiatives that will allow you to more systematically improve your language skills.

French language course (3 ECTS) during the orientation weeks

As part of the orientation weeks organized before the start of the first semester UNamur offers French courses (Français langue étrangère, or: FLE) at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. The courses are taught in the morning. They are completed with cultural, administrative and/or touristic activities in the afternoon and the evening. Each course is part of the study program and equivalent to 3 ECTS.  

French language courses during the semester

Also during the semester UNamur offers FLE courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. The courses are organized by the university's school of modern languages (école des languages vivantes). Each course is taught for 2 hours/week and is worth 3 ECTS. A placement test (that helps to determine the level of each student) is organized at the beginning of each semester.

Kot-à-projet (KAP) activities

The exchange students who rented a room in a so-called KAP are encouraged to actively participate in the KAP activities. These activities will help them to acquire linguistic and intercultural skills during their stay at UNamur.

Description of the institutional grading system :

The University of  Namur uses a grading scale from 0 (minimum) to 20 (maximum). The Namur grading system includes a ‘low pass’ grade. The final decision whether a student fails or passes, is taken on the basis of his/her overall score. Thus, it is possible for a student who has obtained  8 or 9 out of 20 for one individual module to pass overall

ECTS GRADE

% of successful students normally achieving the grade

Definition

A

10

EXCELLENT – outstanding performance with only minor errors

B

25

VERY GOOD – above the average standard but with some errors

C

30

GOOD – generally sound work but with a number of notable errors

D

25

SATISFACTORY – fair with significant shortcomings

E

10

SUFFICIENT – performance meets minimum criteria

 

100%

 

Fx

FAIL – some more work required before the credit can be awarded

F

 

FAIL – considerable further work is required

Grading distribution at the University of Namur :

Institutional grade

Grading percentage

Added percentage

ECTS Grade

20 0,10 0,10 A
19 1,69 1,78 A
18 4,62 6,41 A
17 8,92 15,33 B
16 15,43 30,76 B
15 17,78 48,53 C
14 17,14 65,67 C
13 14,03 79,71 D
12 9,63 89,34 D
11 5,79 95,13 E
10 4,87 100,00 E
8-9 - - FX
<7 - - F

ECTS Credits: 1 full academic year = 60 credits; 1 semester = 30 credits


Practical Information

On-campus housing: You will find the different housing options at UNamur on this webpage. Please note that the number of rooms are limited and are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis (which refers to the order in which you have completed the application procedure detailed above).  

Blocked-account procedure: For those of you in need of a Visa for your stay in Belgium, please check the following link if you want to use the blocked account procedure for your proof of solvency.

Orientation weeks/days: For more information on the orientation events before the fall semester (two weeks, including a language course with 3 ECTS credits) or the spring semester (three days), consult this link.

More practical information: Go here for information on a campus plan, cost of living, registering with Namur city hall, public transport, etc


Useful documents

UNamur Exchange Fact Sheet: Click here to download UNamur's latest fact sheet on her exchange programmes

Erasmus Programme Student Charter: Download the document here to learn about your rights and obligations as a participant in the Erasmus programme.

Learning Agreement 2022-23: Find the latest version of this document here if your are an exchange programme participant to follow courses at UNamur

Training Agreement 2022-23: Find the latest version of this document here if your are an exchange programme participant to do an internship at UNamur


Testimonies from former students

Under the following link you find the winning videos that exchange students at UNamur have submitted under the exchange experience "video competition" organized each semester.

TWO WEEKS OF INTEGRATION for incoming students FALL 2022

When: August 29 to September 9 2022
What: Administrative, cultural, culinary and touristic activities for incoming students.

For more specifics including the programme and on how to register, please consult this link.

For testimonies from early editions of the event, please consult the videos available here.

Contacts & Information

International Relations Office
International Mobility Unit
Rempart de la Vierge, 8
B-5000 Namur

E-mail:
+32 (0)81 72  57 28