During your semester abroad, you will have the opportunity to explore a part of the world while studying. Take advantage of the opportunity to gain intercultural experience and learn about new perspectives at one of our partner universities.
Below you will find further information for visiting students who would like to come to UE.
A semester abroad is enriching for both your studies and your personal development. That is why it is an important component in many degree programmes.
Our International Affairs experts at UE will advise and support you in choosing the perfect partner university that suits you.
More information about the internship semester.
If none of our partner universities appeals to you, other alternatives are possible. Bear in mind that these other universities must meet certain accreditation criteria to ensure an equivalent academic standard. Plus, the application process entails more work and effort on your part. For your convenience, we always recommend you select one of our partner universities. Please read the International Policy carefully. This can be found in the download area of your Online Campus.
- Selected programmes of study and reliable university relationships.
- Erasmus+ Scholarship (only for Erasmus Partners normally in Europe)
- Certified compatibility of credit systems with UE.
The semester abroad can be carried out in the 5th semester (BA) instead of the internship. This means that UE students have the choice between a practical semester and a semester abroad. Information on the choice of university abroad is provided each semester via information events. Of course, the International Affairs team is available during opening hours on campus as well as via individual online counselling sessions.
Yes, it is of course also possible to do an internship abroad instead of studying abroad. Please contact the Career Development Center by email for further information. The Career Development Team also holds various information sessions every semester, which you are welcome to attend.
The semester abroad (only applies to Bachelor curricula that include a choice between a semester abroad or a practical semester) is designed in such a way that no one-to-one recognition of courses is necessary. Based on degree programme-specific specifications, you are free to choose your courses to the extent of 30 credit points according to ECTS.
Your course selection must be agreed with the International Affairs Team before the stay abroad and recorded in writing in the Learning Agreement.
Yes, the regular tuition fees for UE will also be charged during your semester abroad/internship. Please read your study contract with UE thoroughly again.
As a rule, you will already receive information about the semester abroad from the 2nd semester onwards. In your 3rd semester (1 year before the semester abroad), you will make a binding choice between a practical semester or a semester abroad. This takes place via an application form in your OnlineCampus. Beforehand, you will of course receive specific information on the procedure (incl. deadlines, documents, requirements, etc.) Please pay attention to the invitations to the info sessions of the International Affairs Team
Funding opportunities & scholarships for students and employees
The DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service is the world's largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and academics. UE offers scholarship programmes through Erasmus+ and Promos to students as well as faculty and staff.
To financially support your stay abroad (semester abroad/internship abroad), you can apply for a scholarship in the ERASMUS+ or Promos programme.
What is ERASMUS+?
Erasmus is the EU's education programme to promote student and teacher mobility. Within the framework of ERASMUS+, for example, two, usually European, universities can enter a strategic partnership to promote the exchange of students. The participating students are granted scholarships (depending on the available funds). The exact regulations of ERASMUS+ can be read here.
What advantages do I have?
With ERASMUS+, you pay no tuition fees at the foreign university during your semester abroad and receive a scholarship (depending on available funds) in the form of a monthly grant. You will also benefit from the organised and reliable relationship between UE and your university abroad. In the context of an internship abroad, you can receive destination-dependent, financial grants for your internship.
Who can receive an ERASMUS+ grant?
Students enrolled at German universities who are nationals of a country participating in the programme or who are officially recognised as refugees, stateless persons or permanent residents in the country where they reside are eligible for student mobility. For further criteria, please contact the International and Career Affairs Team.
How can I apply for an ERASMUS+ scholarship?
To apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship, you will need a letter of motivation and possibly other documents in addition to the application documents from the respective ERASMUS partner university/company abroad. You will be informed about the exact procedure by the International and Career Affairs Team.
What are the selection criteria?
The following criteria apply to the awarding of an ERASMUS+ scholarship:
- Letter of motivation: Highlight your academic/professional goals for studying abroad; for example, focus on the modalities of research and teaching at the partner university.
- Grade point average
- Language skills
The European Commission has awarded UE the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027. Possession of a valid charter is a prerequisite for participation in ERASMUS+. It commits us to promote student and staff exchanges and provides the quality framework for all activities within the ERASMUS programme. Read our ERASMUS+ policy statement here. The ERASMUS Charter for Students can be found here.
Zero-Grant students receive a tuition-free ERASMUS place, but no mobility grant. If there are not enough funds for all ERASMUS participants, applications submitted before the deadline will be served first. Students who have applied after the given deadline may not receive a mobility grant at first. If additional funds are then available, zero-grant exchange participants may retroactively receive the mobility grant, which would then be the same as that of students funded from the beginning. Residual applicants must therefore be aware that they may either not be funded at all (low probability) or receive the grant only during or after completion of the ERASMUS study abroad programme (high probability).
Increasing the international mobility of students is of great importance to UE. The mobility programme, PROMOS, of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), makes an important contribution to this with scholarships for studying abroad.
UE students are supported within the PROMOS framework in the following funding lines:
- Study visits
- Study trips
All information about the PROMOS applications can be found here. The application form and the Letter of Recommendation are two documents that are required. Lecturers who seek to apply for a Study Trip should use the application form too.