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Studying Abroad

Exchange Coordinators:

Outgoing students:

Please contact Apl. Prof. Dr. Ilse Wischer for approval of your learning agreement.

Returning students:

Please contact Dr. Anke Bartels if you are a returning student of the Department of English and American Studies and would like your credits earned abroad to be recognized.


Studying in Great Britain

In the aftermath of  Brexit, the following British universities have extended their partnership with our Institute until the end of the academic year 2027/28.

The following future partnerships are currently being negotiated and will be announced once they have been finalised:

Please note that our agreement with our partner universities in Great Britain concerns only courses in the bachelor programmes. Moreover, the available bachelor courses are as a rule limited to certain subject areas. Exceptions lie entirely within the province of the guest university. The application procedure will be the same as for the Erasmus+ programme, see below.


Studying in Europe with Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is an academic mobility programme sponsored by the European Union, which among other activities promotes student exchanges. It enables students to complete a part of their studies at a university located in other European countries without paying tuition. The programme allows for the credits earned at the guest university to be recognized by the home university.

Our current Erasmus+ partner universities for exchanges on the BA and MA level are


Application for Erasmus+ Programme


  • regular admission as student of the University of Potsdam,
  • by the beginning of the stay abroad at least one year of study is completed,
  • application deadline for the beginning academic year is January 31.


Documents to be submitted for/during the application (via MoveON)

  • the official MoveON application form,
  • a letter of motivation written in English tailored to the university/universities of choice (can be re-used in applying officially at the guest university later),
  • an up-to-date transcript of records (Leistungsübersicht) - if you are a first-year BA student, your course registrations suffice; if you are a first-year MA student, please send the last ToR from your BA studies.
  • for language certificates, please check the respective section further below.


Eight Steps to Study Abroad with Erasmus+

1. Applicants choose the suitable Erasmus partner university according to their interest and study plans. They inform themselves about the profiles and special fields of interest at the partner universities.

2. The application process is digital. Please use the MoveON portal for your application.

3. Submission of the application by January 31.

4. The exchange coordinator will decide on the applications if their number exceeds the available places. 

5. Applicants submit the declaration of acceptance to the exchange coordinator

6. and the learning agreement to the International Office.

The learning agreement includes courses at the guest university. In the event that no course schedule is available online, the schedule from the previous semester or trimester may be used. As a rule, applicants should obtain 30 ECTS credit points per semester. Please note that when you intend to take courses from other departments, your learning agreement needs to be approved by all the boards of examiners involved. It is, for instance, not sufficient to have the approval of the board of the Romance Department for courses to be validated at the Department of English and American Studies and vice versa.
If you plan to take courses in linguistics please consult Prof. Ilse Wischer in advance; for courses in Teaching English as a Foreign Language turn to Ms Susanne Gnädig, M.Ed.

7. The International Office nominates the applicants at their guest universities.

8. The guest universities contact the applicants and send them documents about course listings, room and board, the beginning of study, etc. From this point on the guest university assumes responsibility.


Language Certificates (Sprachnachweise)

For information about language certificates please use the following links to the Centre for Languages and Key Competences (in English or German)

Language Tandem

In a language tandem, two students study together in a partnership: one student’s native language is the other student’s foreign language. Interested? Click on the link.

Language Learning Counseling

at Zessko is a form of learning that is independent from a course. Learners work on individual learning projects in a flexible way and can draw on support from professional learning consultants. Find out more…


Exchange outside Europe

University of Delhi, India

  • bilateral research and exchange network involving the Departments of English and German at the University of Potsdam
  • fee waiver for students from the University of Potsdam enrolling for an exchange semester at the English Department at the University of Delhi. 

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Dirk Wiemann at