Are you interested in studying as an exchange student outside of Europe? Then start planning your period abroad now! The International Centre can help you to find out which partner university on which continent is suitable for your exchange, how best to pay for your stay abroad, and which organisational aspects you will need to consider when applying for an exchange place.

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Psychology student Clara standing on Brooklyn Bridge in New York City during her study abroad at Binghamton University. Photo: Clara Torres.

My Period Abroad Worldwide

Argentina? South Africa? Or what about Jordan? Leipzig has a global network of partner universities. Places depend on the degree programmes offered by the respective partner university and are open to you regardless of your nationality and subject area.

Our university’s international network offers you a large selection of dedicated places at higher education institutions worldwide.

Details of current exchange places at partner universities worldwide for the winter semester 2023/24 and/or summer semester 2024 can be found in this overview and in our portal for periods abroad.

When searching in the portal, you should select “fachflexibel” as your subject and “UniPartner Studium” or “Utrecht Network_MAUI/AEN/REAR” as the programme.

Please note: Students of law and medicine can only take part in exchanges to the US, Canada and Australia in related subject areas.

Unlike at Leipzig University, terms at international partner universities may start at different times or be divided into trimesters. When planning, therefore, please take the destination country term times into account.

  • You are fully enrolled at our university and pursuing your degree here.
  • You have the necessary command of the language of instruction.
    When you apply, you submit a language certificate to prove that you have the necessary language skills. You can then improve your language skills further. As a rule, you should have reached B2 level in the language of instruction by the start of your studies at the partner university.

Bachelor’s, Diplom and State Examination students can apply from the third semester onwards, while applications by master’s students are possible from the first semester of study.

When spending time studying worldwide under a bilateral university partnership, your tuition fees at the partner university will be waived.

Scholarships are an additional way for you to finance your time abroad as an exchange student:

  • PROMOS scholarship: Leipzig University obtains PROMOS funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on your behalf. Support is given to various forms of periods abroad. Fifty per cent of PROMOS funds are earmarked for partner universities worldwide. You apply for the scholarship during the online application process. The selection is made by the reviewers. Only the top-rated applications can be considered for a PROMOS scholarship.
  • Erasmus+ worldwide grant: In your online application for a place on an exchange programme, you can also indicate Erasmus+ as a scholarship option. For these scholarships, special Erasmus+ agreements are concluded with the partner universities. An Erasmus+ scholarship is therefore only available for a limited number of partner universities. 

Please note: You apply for a place on an exchange programme during the online application process. Provided your application is considered one of the best, you can then be nominated for a PROMOS scholarship or – subject to the respective partnership being supported – for an Erasmus+ worldwide grant.

Further funding opportunities for periods abroad worldwide:

Learn more

The DAAD brochure Mit Stipendium ins Ausland contains information in German about different options for funding a period abroad.

Applying to Partner Universities Worldwide

You can apply to study at a partner university for one or two semesters and choose up to three preferred universities from our partnerships with universities around the world.

Applications are open from 1 November until 1 December each year.

To apply, please register via the online portal using your university login.

Before you start your online application, please read our practical tips for filling in the online form carefully.

Please complete the online application and upload PDFs of the following documents:

  • CV in tabular form

  • Overview of grades
    An overview of grades can be obtained from your AlmaWeb account or by contacting your department’s examination office. If you are a first-semester master’s student, please submit your bachelor's certificate together with an overview of grades. If you are already in a higher master’s semester, we will require your current overview of grades in addition to your bachelor’s certificate with overview of grades.

  • Study proposal
    In your study proposal, you describe in German why you are applying to spend time studying at your chosen university or universities. How exactly do you envisage your studies abroad? Which courses do you want to take, and what is your aim? Please demonstrate the connection between your stay abroad and your studies back here at Leipzig University. If should be clear to use what your motivation is for spending time abroad. If your application is for one of two or three different universities, you can base this on your preferred institution only or alternatively explain all each of your wishes accordingly. Your study proposal should be no more than two pages long.

  • Language certificate
    A language certificate proves that you have the required language skills for the language of instruction. The Language Center offers examinations for such language certificates. If you speak the language in question or are studying in that language, please contact a teacher at your institute and have your language level confirmed on the language certificate.
    Please note: The Language Center offers a number of test dates. Please ensure well in advance that you can take attend one of the tests. The last date for English is mid-November. If you can prove that you passed one of the standard tests within the last two years, you can use this instead of the language certificate.

  • Other documents
    If necessary, you can upload additional certificates, recommendations or other documents to support your application.
    Our tip: Use our checklist for studying worldwide to make sure you have uploaded all of the necessary documents.

Please only submit your application using the online portal.

Each complete application will be reviewed by a subject-specific appraiser and a reviewer from the International Centre and evaluated according to qualitative criteria:

  • Subject-specific and personal suitability (50 per cent)
  • Study plan and motivation (30 per cent)
  • Proficiency in the language of instruction (20 per cent)

Nominations are made by late January/early February, with successful applicants notified by email.

As soon as you receive notification that you have been nominated for a place on an exchange programme, you will need to apply for admission to the partner university. Depending on the application periods and requirements at the partner university, this will involve submitting further documents in the official language of the country or the language of instruction and a copy of your passport.

If you are applying for a partner university in the US or Canada, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) certificate is usually also required. Please register for this by the beginning of February at the latest.

The partner university will then decide on whether to admit you.

Do you want to have credits earned abroad recognised at Leipzig University? Then you should speak to your examination office well in advance of your stay abroad to find out the extent to which this is possible. In this way, you can make sure that you do not earn credits abroad in vain.

Please also note the additional information on recognition of credits earned abroad on our website. And see further information at Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK).

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