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Studying Abroad

Signposts to different partner countries
Photo: Matthias Friel

Getting to know new cultures, brushing up your language skills, and becoming independent – you can experience all this when you study abroad. You will gain an insight into other educational systems, enhance your professional knowledge and acquire intercultural competences - skills highly sought after in our today’s working environment. It is not necessary to fear a “loss of time”. You can easily integrate a stay abroad into your studies by applying for a leave of absence and it is possible to transfer credits from a foreign academic institution. There are numerous possibilities for getting a grant that provides financial support for studies or an internship abroad.

Preliminary considerations

However, before going abroad, you should also learn about the cultural characteristics of your destination country, as well as other important preparations, financing options, etc.

When do you want to go abroad?

For how long do you want to go abroad?

Would you like to study in the local language or in English?

How would you like to finance your stay abroad?

Do you want all credits and degrees from abroad to be recognized?

First-hand Information


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Facebook group "Ab ins Ausland"

Receive current information about study and internship abroad and pursue what our 10 foreign correspondents experience from Turkey, , Rwanda, Poland, Colombia, Spain and other countries.

Stories of Exchange

(Only German) From Colombia to Georgia: Learn from the experiences of former exchange students.

Further Information

Country Information (DAAD)

Comprehensive travel information, including scholarship tips, experience reports, and background information on countries and universities.


Please find our overview to the european and non-european partner-institutions of the University of Potsdam.

DAAD for studies abroad

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers stipends and additional information on studying abroad.

Funding your Study Abroad

For your study abroad you can obtain "Auslands-BAföG" and serveral stipends are available.

Transfer of Credits for Studies Abroad

Make sure to be informed in time about which courses from your studies abroad can be transfered as credit points to your studies in Potsdam!

With special partnerships, the faculties offer students the opportunity to study at universities worldwide.