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Semester abroad

You have the choice: Europe, North America, Africa or rather Asia? The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE)’s international focus holds many benefits for you as student for example the possibility to complete a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. The International Affair Experts are always there by your side to help dealing with all the matters you'll be confronted with regarding your international adventure. 

Especially for you as designers and your future career, a semester abroad and/or an international experience are fundamental. You'll not only be able to broaden your horizons and learn all kinds of new things, but also discover sides of you you'd never even believed exist. To make sure, you can unfold your creativity and get the most out of your stay, our Experts supports you not just to find the perfect university but also throughout all the time before, during, and after your semester abroad. 


If you are interested in the UE Summer School, the International Affair Experts are also your contact point.

Semester Abroad 960X540

Before application

Study abroad at any of our partner universities in Europe, North America, Australia or Asia.



  • Selected programmes of study and reliable university relationships.
  • Erasmus+ Scholarship: Monthly allowance during your time abroad.
  • Certified compatibility of credit systems with UE.


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.


ERASMUS+ is Europe’s most successful student exchange programme. It enables two European universities to agree on an ERASMUS+ partnership, giving students the chance to receive a scholarship from EU funds to support studies at the partner university.

When applying for most European partner universities, you will automatically apply for the ERASMUS scholarship wherever available. 

To receive the ERASMUS+ scholarship, you must first fulfill certain selection criteria:

  • Convincing letter of motivation: your reason for selecting this particular partner university
  • Positive letter of recommendation
  • Good marks and performance 
  • You will be asked to complete an ERASMUS+ language test and submit a report on your experience by the end of the stay abroad

ERASMUS scholarship rates are subject to available funding.


European Union Co Funded


PROMOS - Scholarships
Increasing the mobility of students abroad is of great importance to UE. The mobility program PROMOS of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) makes an important contribution to this with scholarships for stays abroad.
UE students are supported within the framework of PROMOS in the following funding lines:
- Study visits
- internships
- study trips
All information on the PROMOS call for applications for 2022 can be found here. The documents required are the application form and the Letter of Recommondation.



Depending on your study programme, you are prompted either in the fourth or fifth semester to take a stay abroad.


You will choose your courses beforehand, which will normally be accepted upon your return. You are required to earn 30 credit points or their equivalent while studying abroad. 


Application process

Experiencing and exploring the world – that’s what the semester abroad is there for. Make use of the UE's international network and find the best university for you around the world. You will have the great chance to gain intercultural experience and fresh perspectives. Our International Affair Experts support your endeavours. A stay abroad always enriches the learning experience, which is why it is a strong component of studying with us.

Please join the stay abroad information session, which is offered every semester. As soon as you have made your decision, inform the International Affair Experts within the deadlines and you will be provided with next steps.


Winter semester: February 15th
Summer semester: August 1st


Our students around the world

Networking on all continents – this is how our students experience their study abroad semester. While spending six month abroad in the USA, Asia, Africa, Australia or Europe, our students get in touch new cultures. These are the stories of University of Europe for Applied Sciences students who used this amazing possibility to explore the world.

Charlotte Dahms in NZ
Charlotte Dahms in NZ

"The parrot was suddenly sitting right in front of my window on a tree. Even though the winter weather does not give you the impression that you are on the other side of the world, this moment was definitely an eye opener." Student Charlotte Dahms spends her semester abroad at Unitec Institute for Technology in Auckland, New Zealand.

Freya Hausmann in Hawaii
Freya Hausmann in Hawaii

Freya Hausmann is a student from Berlin and spent her semester abroad in Hawaii. Now back in Germany she told us about her experience, her impression and inspiration she took home.

“Time spent away from home, on the other side of the world, will change you and you will start to see the world from a different perspective.” Had somebody told me that half a year ago, I would have thought: “Stop driveling” – but now I know it is true.

Patricia Sewing in Buenos Aires
Patricia Sewing in Buenos Aires
  • I chose to spend my study abroad semester in Buenos Aires because it is an exotic destination. I was fascinated by the possibility to attend a programme in English language and at the same time learn Spanish. The courses of the international programme emphasized South American culture and economics and their relation to the rest of the world. I was really impressed by the warmth and kindness of the people in Argentina. It did not take long for me to feel home on the other side of the world.

Rafael Wilms in London
Rafael Wilms in London

During his time in England, Rafael Wilms was most impressed by the atmosphere within the rooms, halls and corridors of the London School of Economics.

“There are so many myths and stories, so many significant people lived and studied in these buildings” he says with great respect.  The University based in the British capital has more than a dozen Nobel Prize winners. That is a eminent glory, that shines above all.“ 

Caro Schröer in Down Under
Caro Schröer in Down Under

Carolin Schröer spent the past weeks in Australia. She is a student of Journalism & Business Communication at University of Applied Sciences Europe and talked to Extra-Tipp am Sonntag about her time Down Under. 

Born in Viersen, Carolin Schröer is 20 years old and a student at University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Iserlohn where she is enrolled in the Journalism & Business Communication programme. She is currently spending her semester abroad in Melbourne. An article about her experiences in Australia was published in Extra-Tipp titled "Mein Melbourne".

Students in South Africa
Students in South Africa

Student Sebastian Babe spends his study abroad semester at the Universiteit (University) of Stellenbosch in South Africa. 

How do you describe something that cannot be described? How do you compare something that cannot be compared? A friend of a friend once said: “It is so similar and still so very different. Every student who arrives at Stellenbosch asks himself: “When has South Africa become a part of Europe?”


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