Time spent abroad can take different forms:
- Studying at one of our partner universities
- Self-organised stay abroad
- Shorter periods abroad (e.g. at summer schools)
Information about intercultural preparations for your stay abroad, safety, health etc. can be found in the document "Fact Sheet for Periods Spent Abroad".
1. Studying at one of our partner universities
If you decide to spend one or two semesters at one of our partner universities, the advantage is that many organisational issues will already be solved for you. We support you throughout the application process and get in touch with your contacts at the partner university.
You don't have to pay tuition fees at many partner universities, while fees are reduced at others.
Places at partner universities are allocated on the basis of an internal application process. In many cases, studies abroad can be financially supported by scholarship programmes such as Erasmus+ or PROMOS.
At certain partner universities, it is possible to register on an international double degree programme.
Please follow the link below to find out more about the application process, if you would like to study at our partner universities:
Studying Abroad with Erasmus+ (in German)
2. Self organised stay abroad
If you'd like to study in a particular country or at a certain university, or if you already have a specific plan in mind concerning your studies which cannot be implemented at any of our partner universities, please apply individually to the university of your choice. As a so-called free mover, you have the possibility to tailor your stay abroad exactly according to your wishes and aims.
The application process differs greatly from one country and university to the next. Most foreign universities charge tuition fees, which in certain cases can be very high. Because of this you should consider applying for a scholarship as well.
You should also make sure beforehand whether the credits you will gain during your stay abroad will actually be recognized by your department.
Helpful tips can be found on the DAAD website.
3. Shorter periods abroad
Spending time abroad is exciting and a life-changing experience. Still, it does not always have to be for a whole year or a semester. Shorter periods abroad, e.g. a summer school or language course, also allow for interesting insights and experiences.
During a summer (or winter) school, you are able to take part in a course or project in a foreign country during the semester break. These courses usually take one to ten weeks and are ideal for furthering your knowledge of a certain subject.
In most cases you will have to finance the summer school yourself, but for some it may be possible to get financial support – for example the DAAD’s "Go East" (DE) initiative, which provides funding for summer and winter schools in Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia.
More information about summer schools in Europe (EN).
Being able to speak two or more languages not only helps your personal development but is also a great qualification for future jobs. Learning a language abroad is particularly effective: your language skills improve not only by attending the language course but also by using the language in your everyday life.
Many foreign universities offer language courses. This way, you also have the chance to get better acquainted with a university you are interested in. Private universities provide diverse offers and places at short notice while language courses at public universities are usually quite cheap. Many good offers can be found at language schools as well.
You should keep in mind that searching for the right organisation and course will take some time. It is best to start researching and planning as soon as possible. Further information can be found on the webpages of Studieren Weltweit (DE) and the DAAD (DE).
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