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Student Exchange within Europe

Where can I get more information?

International Office

What are the requirements for taking part in a foreign exchange?

  • At least two semesters completed (one full year) when you start the semester abroad
  • Good academic performance
  • Sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction in the university you wish to study in

What should I consider before applying?

  • Think about which country/university you would like to go to
  • Read up about your chosen university
  • Check the course offers for exchange students (for instance, some universities do not offer master’s courses in education/teacher training, some only teach education courses during the summer or Winter Semester etc.)
  • Check the semester dates (which, in most countries, usually start earlier than in Germany)
  • Read up on the application process
  • Look into what the cost of living is in the respective country

When do I have to apply by?

  • You need to apply by 31 January for the following academic year (following Winter Semester and/or following Summer Semester)
  • If you apply after 31 January, there may still be remaining places available, particularly in other faculties

Which application documents do I need?

  • Application form
  • Personal statement explaining why you want to apply
  • A short curriculum vitae, including a photo and relevant information about your language skills
  • List of university courses attended so far (PULS printout); for first-semester students, you should provide copies of your highest school qualifications (i.e. certificates of your Abitur, A-Level, International Baccalaureate results, etc.)

What are the benefits of doing an Erasmus exchange?

  • Registration with the host university is organised by the Erasmus coordinator, not by the applicant themselves
  • No lecture, enrolment or examination fees, no fees for laboratory and library use
  • Mobility grant (depending on the cost of living in the respective country)
  • Upon successful completion, recognition of credits gained at your home university
  • New experiences and impressions, getting to know people from different cultures, broadening your language skills
  • Participation in Erasmus+ is possible for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees