Free Mover Applications

You would like to go abroad and already have a specific university in mind? Unfortunately, it is not one of the partner universities of the University of Potsdam? We have compiled some information on how you can still get to your desired university abroad by submitting an individual application.


How it works

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Be sure to contact the International Office of your future host university at the beginning of your application process. In addition to up-to-date information, you can also get very specific tips there on how to apply, language courses, and housing options!

Individual application means that: You plan and organize your entire study abroad experience independently. You can apply to most universities around the world. 

Since you will have to do your own research on the admission requirements and application deadlines of the respective university and are responsible for ensuring that all required documents (e.g. language certificates) are received by your university of choice on time, you should plan at least one year of preparation time for your individual application.
You can usually find specific deadlines and information on individual applications on the website of your university of choice, usually under the heading “International Affairs".

Tip

Be sure to contact the International Office of your future host university at the beginning of your application process. In addition to up-to-date information, you can also get very specific tips there on how to apply, language courses, and housing options!

Application documents

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The Career Service of the University of Potsdam offers advice and tips on application documents. You will find additional information here.

Especially if you want to apply individually and not via an exchange program at a university abroad, your application documents should make a good impression in terms of content and form.

The form, content, and complexity of your individual application documents always depend on the requirements of the university to which you wish to apply abroad. Nevertheless, there are certain standards that must be met for any application to a university abroad. We have compiled tips and information on these minimum standards for you here.

Tip

The Career Service of the University of Potsdam offers advice and tips on application documents. You will find additional information here.

Application form

CV

Evaluation/reference letter

Transcript of Records

Language certificates

Golden rules

Placement agencies without fees

There are placement agencies working free of charge to arrange spots for you to study at universities abroad. There is no placement fee, but you will have to pay tuition fees at the host university.

Please note: Tuition fees of up to EUR 4,600 for a maximum of one year can be financed through the Auslands-BAföG (federal financial aid for periods abroad). Additional information can be found here.

Here are a few of the free placement agencies:

Information on language tests and summer schools

Here you will find information on summer courses abroad and on certificates and language tests you can take.

DAAD country information

You will find country-specific scholarship programs, university projects, research cooperation projects, information on the higher education system of the respective country, visa requirements etc.

Checklist for studying abroad

Do you need help on your journey towards a study abroad period? The DAAD has compiled a checklist on study abroad periods that can help you stay on top of things.

Financing your study abroad period

You will find information on various funding options and scholarship programs here.

Contact Person

International Office

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam
House 8, Room 0.39