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Application Instructions for the University Exchange Programs

The application deadlines and requirements differ depending on your host country, department and program of study. Therefore, we urge you to carefully read the following information and pay attention to the information relevant to you.

The application instructions contain information on

  • where you can find information on all aspects of the application,
  • what the application requirements are,
  • which documents have to be submitted
  • what the application process looks like in detail and
  • what happens next after you submit your application.

The current application instructions will be published about two months before the next application deadline. After the application deadline, the instructions will remain online until the next update for guidance and orientation. Please make sure that you are following the application instructions in their current version.

Please note: In order to ensure a timely submission of your application, attend to all documents as soon as possible, especially the test date for your proof of language proficiency. Find out which kind of proof of language proficiency is accepted at your preferred university. The possible format of the proof of language proficiency is described in the respective application instructions.

Application Instructions for Programs With One Deadline Per Year:

For students in all degree programs in Business Administration as well as students in the bachelor's program Romance Languages, Literatures and Media („Bachelor’s 4“ program), there is a separate application process with designated exchange places. There is only one deadline per year for all host countries and regions. The application is handled by the International Office.

Application Instructions for Programs With Three Deadlines Per Year:

Students of the Schools of Social Sciences, Humanities and Business Informatics and Mathematics, as well as of the Departments of Law and Economics can apply for different countries three times a year. For exchange partnerships within Europe, the study places are usually specific to the department or school. Overseas partnerships may be interdisciplinary, which means that applications from different departments have to be compared. The application is handled by the International Office.

  • Europe (European countries including Turkey, not including Russia)

    Application Instructions Europe for students in the bachelor’s, master’s or state examination programs of the Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences, Business Informatics and the Department of Law, as well as students in the master’s program of the Department of Economics (for information purposes only – the current version will be published about two months before the application deadline)


    Next application deadline: 31 January 2020

    (for European programs, students in the bachelor’s program in Economics directly apply via the Department of Economics)

  • Overseas North (USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Israel, Marocco, Asia not including Japan)

    Application Instructions Overseas North 2018 for Bachelor’s and State Examination Programs of all departments except for the program “Bachelor's 4” and programs at the Business School
    for information purposes only – the current version will be published about two months before the application deadline
    available in German only

    Next application deadline: 15 October 2019 (PLEASE NOTE: DIFFERENT DEADLINE THAN IN 2018)
    Please note: For all programs with a mandatory TOEFL test, the TOEFL has to be submitted by the application deadline and cannot be replaced by a Language Certificate!

    Application Instructions Overseas North 2018 for Master’s Programs of all departments except for the Business School

    Next application deadline: 15 October 2019 (PLEASE NOTE: DIFFERENT DEADLINE THAN IN 2018)
    Please note: For all programs with a mandatory TOEFL test, the TOEFL has to be submitted by the application deadline and cannot be replaced by a Language Certificate!

  • Overseas South (Australia, Japan, South America not including Mexico, South Africa)

    Application Instructions Overseas South for Bachelor's and Master's Programs of all departments except for the Business School
    for information purposes only – the current version will be published about two months before the application deadline
    Next application deadline: 30 April 2020

  • Other exchange programs (Social Sciences and Economics)

    At the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Economics, there are some exchange programs that are organized directly by the department, in addition to the programs organized by the International Office. In these cases, the application is handled directly by the department or school.  

    • students in the bachelor’s program in Economics: For stays abroad overseas, the application is handled by the International Office (see the application instructions above). However, for the European exchange programs, the application is handled by the Department of Economics.
      More information on the programs and the application process can be found in the Going Abroad section of the website of the Department of Economics for students in bachelor’s programs. 
    • School of Social Sciences:For stays abroad overseas, there are some exchange programs for students in the master’s program in Political Science for which the application has to be submitted to the School. These are offered in addition to the programs organized by the International Office. The same applies to special master’s double degree programs.