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Studying Abroad

Studying with Erasmus+


On Wednesday, November 29, 16.15-17.45 (room Ms Pia Kettmann from the International Office will give a talk about studying abroad and in particular about the Erasmus+ programme. Focus will be on English & American studies. Whoever is interested is invited.

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. With respect to our partner universities in Great Britain the Erasmus+ programme applies only to courses in the bachelor programmes. British guest universities have no obligation to allow attendance of graduate courses. 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 following universities are currently Erasmus partners of the Institute:

 The contact person is Dr. Stephan Mussil (Erasmus coordinator).

Exchange partner of the University of Potsdam outside Europe is:

  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education (Hongkong)


Application for Erasmus+ Programme


  • Regular admission as student of the University of Potsdam
  • By the beginning of the year abroad at least one year of study is completed
  • Application deadline for the academic year 2018/2019 is January 31, 2018.


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. Application documents:

  • Please use the current application form. Photographs are not required.
  • Curriculum vitae (including social activities outside the university)
  • Statement concerning the purpose of study and the choice of guest university
  • Documentation of previously completed courses (PULS-transcript)

3. Submission of completed documents (Mailbox Dr. Mussil; please NOT per email) by January 31, 2018.

4. A commission consisting of members of the student council and the Erasmus coordinator decides on the applications. 

5. Applicants submit the declaration of acceptance to the Erasmus 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.

7. The coordinator 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)