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Application requirements

  • Grades in the “good” to “very good” range
  • Sound knowledge of the language of your host country or the language of instruction
  • A clear idea of your study plans abroad
  • For bachelor’s students: You can apply after completing your first year of study.
  • For master’s students: You can apply once you begin the first semester in your master’s program.

Application materials

Applications are accepted via the online portal. Registration is required. Please fill out the form "Application for non-European partner universities" and upload the following application documents:

1. Résumé in tabular form

  • for the USA, Canada, Australia, Georgia, South Korea and Israel: in English
  • for Latin America: in German

2. Description of your study plans abroad / statement of purpose

  • for the USA, Canada, Australia, Georgia, South Korea and Israel: in English
  • for Latin America: in German

3. Copy of bachelor’s degree transcript (only for master’s students)

4. List of all courses attended thus far

  • Either a course overview from PULS or copies of certificates

5. Result of the internal language test at the University of Potsdam (German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD] test) or a comparable language certificate

  • for English (USA, Canada, Australia, Israel, Georgia, South Korea): please visit the Zessko website  for information
  • Students working toward a bachelor’s degree in English Studies, American Studies and the English Teacher Certification program will find relevant information here.
  • for Spanish (Costa Rica, Argentina and Colombia): You need a minimum proviciency level of B2 in CEFR; please contact Alejandra Navas Méndez at Zessko for a language test.
  • for Portuguese (Brazil): Please contact Ana Lisa Calais e Val at Zessko.

6. A letter of recommendation from a university instructor

Please forward these instructions for writing a letter of recommendation to the instructor. The university instructor should preferably not be from the field of language education.

  • for the USA, Canada, Australia, Palestine and Israel: in English
  • for Latin America, South Korea and Georgia : in German or English

Application procedure

The typical application steps usually look like this:

  1. You first obtain general information about your options for going abroad. In addition to our website, you can use our info events as well as office hours for this purpose.
  2. Next, you should look for a university (or several) that meets your expectations as well as fits your course of study. Our testimonials and podcasts can be helpful here.
  3. Afterwards, collect the application documents listed on this page by the respective application deadline and submit them on our online application portal (see further down on this page).

    Attention! From now on there are only two application deadlines per year:
    Dec 01for the countries whose academic year starts in our fall term (USA, Canada, Mexico, Georgia, Israel, Palestine, South Korea)
    Jun  01for the countries whose academic year starts in our summer term (Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Australia)

      Note: Please be aware that you must submit a separate application per country group. These groups consist of:

                         1. USA und Canada, 2. Israel und Palestine, 3. Latin America, 4. Georgia, 5. Australia, 6. South Korea

      Example: You want to apply for two universities in the USA, but also for one university in Israel. In this case, you submit one application
                           for the US and a separate application for Israel.

4.   After the submission of the documents and the expiration of the deadline, the selection procedure takes place, based on the submitted
       written documents. In the event that there are more applicants than places, selection interviews will be held. You will then receive
       prompt feedback on the decision and will subsequently be supported by the International Office in the preparation and
       implementation of your stay.

Do you still have questions? Our FAQ's can certainly help you.

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