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International Office

The University of Applied Sciences Erfurt has numerous contacts to universities around the world. These partnerships are cultivated through regular international exchanges. The International Office advises and provides information to students who are interested in gaining experience abroad by studying or doing a work placement in another country. Equally, we are here to support international students who come to study at FH Erfurt.

We coordinate the various international cooperations of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, host delegations and support visiting lecturers from abroad and assist professors in organizing international activities.

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Cornelia Witter

Leiterin des Zentrums für internationale Beziehungen

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International Projects

FH Erfurt supports a wide range of international projects and activities. Find out more about summer schools, opportunities for foreign students, research projects, etc.

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Planning your stay abroad

Are you planning a semester or work placement abroad? Then the International Office is exactly where you can find out more. Equally, if you are an international student thinking of studying at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, we will be very happy to help you.

FAQs on how to prepare for studying abroad

Are you thinking of studying abroad? Fantastic! Then take a look at our tips before you start planning.

  • Studying abroad for 1 or 2 semesters broadens your professional experience, improves your language skills, enhances your sensitivity to other cultures and gives you the opportunity to gain intercultural experience. In addition, you will acquire job-specific skills that give you the edge on the global labour market.

  • Before studying abroad (1-2 semesters), it is wise to first begin a degree course in Germany. We don't recommend going abroad until you have a good grasp of your subject area, for example, after you have completed the orientation phase of your degree program. It is also possible to do postgraduate or specialised studies abroad after graduating from a degree course at a German institution of higher education.

  • Think about which countries and cultures are interesting for you from a professional and personal point of view. You should also have sufficient language skills to be able to follow lectures in the language of the country. You may need to take a refresher course to pass the language tests required.

    Choosing which country to go to also depends on the types of higher education institutions and the structure of the degree programs available there. Make sure you also find out whether your German higher education entrance qualification will be accepted abroad and whether the courses and examinations you take during your stay will be recognized in Germany.

  • It is important that you plan your study abroad carefully and well in advance. Start planning at least one year before you intend to go abroad!

  • A stay abroad can be very expensive. In addition to living and travel costs, tuition fees and additional health insurance often need to be factored in.

    We are happy to advise you on financing options and funding opportunities!

Applications and funding options for studying abroad

Have you already researched your options and are ready to start your studies abroad? Here are your next steps...

  • After you have requested the application forms for your chosen university, you need to submit your application on time and in the correct form.

    At the same time, you should look into how to finance your studies abroad. This requires that you have familiarized yourself with the host country's higher education system, its degree programs and admissions procedures. The DAAD's country study guides can be of great help.

  • There are organizations that arrange places for students who successfully apply for a scholarship. This is the case with some DAAD programs, but also, for example, with the Fulbright Commission (USA scholarships). However, most scholarship organizations require you to prepare for your stay abroad yourself.

  • Regardless of whether you only want to do a work placement or study abroad - the European Union promotes the academic mobility of students and also teachers to other European countries and other neighbouring countries. For this purpose, ERASMUS+ has been extended until 2027.

    We are happy to advise you on funding opportunities and support you with your application. You can also find all the information on ERASMUS+ online.

  • Students with disabilities and students with children can apply for a grant to cover the additional costs of their stay abroad. Please get in touch with us!

Don't forget!

Stays abroad must be registered with the Student Admissions Office!

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