Change of research environment

A change of research environment, preferably abroad, is a mandatory part of your PhD.

The duration of a stay must be at least one month. It is up to you and your main supervisor to find a suitable place for a research environment change. A stay at another AU department/institution does not count as a research environment change.

Going abroad?

The graduate school recommends you to arrange a research stay abroad. When becoming an active participant in the international research community you build a network across borders and get scientific and cultural experiences valuable to your project and your career.

A stay abroad is your opportunity to learn what you are not able to learn at home – whether it is new ways of treatment, new equipment or methods, or by getting access to databases, biobanks or specialized expertise within your field of research.

And as an ambassador to Health, your role is also to increase the knowledge of Health around the world and create lasting international collaborations. 

All PhD students can apply the graduate school for financial support to their research stay abroad. It is also possible to gain ECTS credits for your studies abroad. Learn more about how to plan your stay abroad.

Registration in PhD Planner

The time you have spent in another research environment needs to be recorded in your PhD plan.