As part of the university partnerships, tuition fees at the partner universities are waived. Students must pay all others costs (flights, housing, liiving expenses, etc.). You can find information about the cost of living in various countries on the DAAD website.
To finance your studies at the partner university, you may also apply for various scholarships or for funding from the German government’s “Auslands-BAföG” program. (Link to financial assistance page).
In most cases, candidates can apply for all subjects available at the partner universities. Interested students can obtain information about the relevant offerings on the universities’ websites.
The following universities have restrictions:
There is only one application deadline for the entire year for each specific country or group of countries. You can apply for one or two semesters. The application deadlines are based on each country’s academic year.
No, not unless these countries are grouped together in the application process (Latin America, USA and Canada; Russia and Georgia). If your application is rejected, you can either apply again for the same country or, adhering to the application deadlines, apply for a different country.
Yes, you can apply to a total of three universities in one country or group of countries at the same time. Only one application is necessary.
No, as far as the internal application process goes, one statement of purpose suffices for all three universities. However, you can go into greater detail in the statement of purpose for your top pick.
The statement of purpose describes your reasons for applying for the specific country and the particular university/universities, as well as your goals during your stay abroad and the ways the stay will benefit you personally and academically. The document should be one to two pages long.
The letter of recommendation should be written by a university lecturer (it does not necessarily have to be a professor). If possible, it shouldn’t be written by a language teacher.
The letter is above all a professional assessment. It should thus describe specialized qualifications, but also include a general evaluation of the student.
It should answer the following questions:
The following criteria form the basis of the selection:
The following language certificates are accepted for the application:
If you have another language certificate, please contact the International Office to find out whether it is accepted. If at the time of application you are attending a UNIcert language course offered by Zessko at the University of Potsdam, you can request the Zessko teacher to issue you a certificate of your current language proficiency level and submit this as proof of your language skills.
If you are majoring in the language of your destination country, you can ask your department to confirm your current language proficiency level.
Yes, you can take a leave of absence and, despite your semester on leave, get credit for your courses abroad. You must apply for a leave of absence in the re-registration period (June 15–July 15 for the winter semester and January 15–February 15 for the summer semester).
Yes, you can get credit for courses taken abroad. An agreement must be reached with the Examination Board before your stay abroad.