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Interested in spending some time abroad during your studies?

The University of Applied Sciences Erfurt maintains relations with numerous universities all around the world. These partnerships are kept alive in the form of regular exchange activities. The International Office provides advice and information for students who would like to study or carry out a work placement abroad.

If you need information on specific exchange programs/scholarships for going abroad or require help filling out the corresponding forms in German, just contact us at the International Office!

You will find a list of all of our partner universities here. 

Information for teaching, admin and support staff:

  • Information about teaching and research abroad can be found here.
  • Information about staff mobility with ERASMUS+ can be found here

International Office

Kevin Rausch +49 361 6700 7061international@fh-erfurt.de Altonaer Straße 25 | 1.E.03

FAQs on preparing to study abroad

Are you planning to study abroad? Great! Then have a look at our tips before you start preparing.

  • Studying abroad for one or two semesters improves your subject knowledge and language skills and gives you the opportunity to gain intercultural experience. In addition, you will acquire specific professional competences for the global job market.

  • Before going abroad for one or two semesters, you should start studying in Germany. We recommend that you only go abroad once you have gained an overview of your subject area, for example after you have completed the orientation phase. It is also possible to continue your studies or do a postgraduate course abroad after graduating from a German university.

  • You should think about what countries are of interest to you personally and in terms of your degree subject. You should also have the necessary language skills to be able to take part in the classes. You might need to attend a refresher language course in order to pass the required language tests.

    Your choice of destination also depends on the type of higher education institution and structure of the degree programs. Also look into whether your German higher education entrance qualifications will be accepted abroad and whether the courses and examinations you take there can be recognized in Germany.

  • It is important to prepare your studies abroad carefully and far enough in advance. Start planning your stay abroad at least a year beforehand!

  • It can be very expensive to study abroad. In addition to living and travel expenses, you often also have to allow for paying tuition fees and taking out extra health insurance.

    There are various scholarships and exchange programs that enable you to go abroad without huge expense. The International Office is happy to advise you on funding opportunities!

You can find more information about studying in Europe here.

Applications and funding opportunities

Have you already looked into the various options and now want to organize your studies abroad? Here's what you have to do next...

  • After you have requested the application forms from your chosen university, please make sure to submit everything in the required form and within the deadline.

    At the same time, you need to arrange financing for your studies abroad. This means that you must have read up on the higher education system of the host country, its degree programs and admissions procedures. The DAAD's website detailing specific country information is very helpful.

  • There is a variety of organizations that will arrange a place for you at a university abroad if your scholarship application is successful. This is the case with some DAAD programs and also, for example, with the Fulbright Commission (USA scholarships). However, most scholarship programs require you to prepare your stay abroad yourself.

  • The University of Applied Sciences Erfurt awards scholarships to students wishing to spend part of their studies abroad. Funding is provided by the PROMOS program run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

    The following are eligible for funding:

    • semester scholarships for studying at partner universities worldwide (except ERASMUS partner universities)
    • study trips abroad for groups of students (in this case, the application is made by lecturers of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt)
    • travel allowances for work placements outside Europe


    • application form and recommendation from one of your professors
    • letter of motivation describing your plans for your stay abroad (approx. 1 page A4)
    • CV (also mentioning extra-curricular activities)
    • grade transcript including total grade average
    • proof of language skills required in the country of destination
    • confirmation from the partner university or host organization for your work placement abroad (can also be submitted at a later date) 

    All application documents have to be submitted in writing to the International Office.

    Application deadlines: 

    • t.b.a. for Summer Semester 2025
    • t.b.a. for Winter Semester 2025/26
  • Regardless of whether you want to do a work placement or study abroad, the European Union promotes the academic mobility of students and teachers to other European countries and neighbouring countries. ERASMUS+ gives students the opportunity to study in another country inside or outside the EU. Funding is available for students at any stage of their studies (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate) for a period of study of between two and twelve months.


    • regular enrolment at FH Erfurt
    • period of study at a partner university with which FH Erfurt has concluded an ERASMUS cooperation agreement


    • mobility grant towards the additional costs incurred abroad
    • exemption from tuition fees at the host university
    • assistance in preparing for your stay abroad
    • academic recognition of the courses and exams taken abroad
    • extra grants for students with special needs and for sustainable travel

    We will be happy to advise you on funding opportunities and support you with your application. You can find detailed information on ERASMUS+ online.

  • Studying abroad with a child

    Students who have children can apply for an additional monthly flat-rate allowance. For more details, see here.

    Studying abroad with a disability or chronic illness

    Students who have a disability or chronic illness and are funded through ERASMUS+ can apply for extra grants. Click here for more information.

    Studying abroad for student who are employed

    Students who are already working and cannot continue to work during their ERASMUS+ stay abroad can apply for a special grant. All further information can be found here.

Don't forget!

You must report periods of time spent abroad during your studies to the Student Admissions Office!