“The best decision of my life”, “an unforgettable experience”, or perhaps even “a great complement to my studies” – we are confident that you will never forget a period abroad during your days as a student. So it is high time you went off on your own adventure abroad. With a little planning, you can integrate a period abroad into your standard studies and have foreign credits recognised back in Leipzig. So what are you waiting for? Carpe diem!
When is it best to go abroad?
We recommend a semester abroad during the fifth semester of study of a bachelor’s programme and the third semester of study if you are a master’s student. The seventh semester is often suitable if you are enrolled on a State Examination or Diplom programme. More detailed information can be found in your study regulations. The Student Advisory Service can help you to decide on the right time for a semester abroad.
Our tip: plan your stay abroad carefully in advance. Find out about the required language skills, the procedure for having Leipzig University recognise the credits you acquire abroad, and applying for leave semesters.
How long can I spend abroad?
That’s up to you! As a rule, you study abroad for one or two semesters.
Where possible, we recommend that you take the time to spend an entire academic year abroad. Study abroad can also be combined perfectly with an internship in a foreign country. What’s more, an internship can help you to bridge any gaps caused by differences between the academic calendars at your home and host universities.
Can I take a leave semester?
You can apply for up to two leave semesters for study purposes. One major advantage for you of taking a leave semester is that you can have your academic achievements abroad recognised by Leipzig University. Applying for leave semesters is particularly advisable if you receive BAföG, because leave semesters do not count towards your standard period of study. Your period abroad can occur between your first and second or the second and third year of study.
What if going abroad prolongs my studies?
There is no reason to regard extending your time at university due to a period abroad as a disadvantage. Your experience abroad will help you immensely in your personal development and will be valuable for your future. Spending time abroad will also be highly beneficial to your professional career, as it
- allows you to gain additional subject-related insights that unlock new perspectives on your discipline and hone your academic profile,
- offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in foreign cultures and to experience another country not only as a holiday destination,
- trains your independence, social and communication skills and strengthen your self-confidence, which you will apply to master your new daily routine,
- looks great on your CV: when applying for jobs, your new international skills can give you a competitive edge over fellow graduates.
We strongly recommend that you use a period abroad to help develop your own profile – even if this means prolonging your studies. We certainly don’t view this as a problem when selecting applicants; on the contrary, it’s an advantage!Lars Funk, Association of German Engineers
What about going abroad after my degree?
As a graduate, you can apply for a range of programmes and funding options, be it for internships, an entire master’s degree or periods of research abroad during your doctorate.
Generally, however, we advise you to go abroad during your studies. A wide range of organisational and financial help is available, especially to enrolled students. You can also benefit from exchange places at our partner universities and from a number of scholarship programmes. This also applies to doctoral candidates.
Have you decided to go abroad after studying? Click your way through the various funding options and start your international adventure:
- Utrecht Network Young Researchers Grant
- Structured doctoral programmes at the Research Academy Leipzig
- DAAD one-year scholarships for doctoral candidates (worldwide)
- DAAD short-term grants for doctoral candidates (worldwide)
- DAAD postdoctoral research grants (worldwide)
- Erasmus+ for doctoral candidates (Europe)
- Various Begabtenförderungswerke and foundations