Things to consider
There will almost always be an opportunity to study abroad – for some courses, a semester abroad is even mandatory. In general, it is possible to study at a partner university starting in your third semester (Bachelor and Master programmes). Consult your faculty’s International Counsellor or contact your academic advisor for details.
Places on exchange programmes are advertised every year in November for stays abroad in the following academic year (September until July). Exchanges generally last 1 semester, though stays of 2 semesters are sometimes possible.
Choosing your partner university
Information on the higher education systems in different countries are available on the partner universities’ websites, in the country profiles on Gate Germany and on the DAAD website. When planning your stay abroad, be aware that partner universities may have different semester dates.
You can find information on the partner universities and experience reports from exchange students in previous years in the International Office. Simply drop by the Campus.Office during opening hours (speak with Ms. Beyer, Room 112).
An exchange agreement ensures that courses fit with the degree programmes offered at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. However, be sure to also inform yourself of the actual content. You can ensure in this way that the course offered at the partner university also matches your interests. Your academic advisor and supervisor (named in the information on the partner university) should be able to help you here.
We recommend that you to take a language course to prepare for your visit. Taking a course for 2 semesters will give you enough time to acquire basic proficiency or to refresh your existing skills. Although English tends to be the language of instruction at most partner universities, knowledge of the local language is generally required for admission.
It is particularly important to be familiar with the local language in countries where it is not possible to get by without English outside of the university (e.g. in China, Greece, Japan, Korea, Russia, South America). Basic language skills will be very important there.
The exchange agreements with our partner universities stipulate that no fees are payable. In countries where tuition fees are extremely high, this is a huge advantage.
A semester abroad will often still cost more than it does in Weimar though. This is because of the higher cost of living, additional health insurance you require and travel costs, etc. While a grant from the ERASMUS+ or PROMOS programme can help, it probably won’t cover all of your additional costs.
It does not make sense to rely on getting a student job as a source of income during your time abroad. There is no guarantee that such jobs actually exist or that you will even have time for a job alongside your studies.
Overview of information sources
- Personalised advice on the application procedure and choosing a partner university from Ms. Beyer or Ms. Müller in the International Office (Room 112, Campus.Office during opening hours)
- Experience reports and information on partner universities, also from Ms. Beyer and Ms. Müller
- Faculty information events every semester
- Advice on subject-specific matters from your International Counsellor, study advisor or supervisor