There are many good reasons for spending a term abroad - nevertheless there are many facts and important aspects to take into account, especially for our international students who want to become outgoings. That is why we would like you to consult your departmental coordinator as well as the international office before you start planning your term abroad.
Please check in advance which one of our partner universities could be suitable for you. The staff of the IO either at the Kaiserslautern office or Zweibrücken office will be happy to help you. In addition, you can also find out any time about upcoming information events by looking at our calendar.
An exchange via ERASMUS+ (the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport for learning mobility of individuals, cooperation for the promotion of innovation / exchange and support of political reforms) is the most common and easiest way at our university to study abroad. You just pick an offer that suits you from the homepages of our partner universities in Europe. The minimum duration for a semester abroad within the context of Erasmus+ is 90 days. Overall, you can get funding for up to 12 months during each phase of your studies.
ERASMUS+ Outgoings pay no tuition fees at their host university and receive financial support during their semester abroad!
In principle, the following prerequisites apply at our university for participation in the ERASMUS+ programme:
• At the time of your application, you have completed at least 60 ECTS within a reasonable period of time / the first year of your Bachelor’s studies
• You have sufficient knowledge of the teaching language used at the host university (generally at least B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
• You are enrolled at your home university
As a designated "outgoing student", you complete the Learning Agreement as soon as you have selected the target university and the appropriate modules. Information on how to fill out the Learning Agreement can be found here. In the Learning Agreement, you specify which modules you want to study in the host country. In order for the programme to qualify for study and be eligible for funding, the number of ECTS credits must be between about 23 and 33 per semester. Finally, the Learning Agreement is then signed by you, a representative of your home university‘s department and a representative of the host university’s department. The completed and signed Learning Agreement thus serves as assurance for you that the ECTS credits/grades earned abroad will be credited to you.
The rest of the procedure is described in this schedule. Please remember that you must also inform the Student Secretariat about your stay abroad. The form for reporting the semester abroad can be downloaded here.
If changes in your study plan become necessary at the beginning of the semester abroad, you must immediately (within 4 weeks) re-arrange it using this change form.
Our partner universities have quite different application deadlines. The IO will therefore accept applications for a semester abroad in the upcoming summer semester starting from 1 September and applications for a semester abroad in the upcoming winter semester starting from 1 March. Of course, you may also apply after these dates, but you should know that at some partner institutions, the application deadline may already have passed by then. We will be glad to help you and inform you about available places for your planned semester abroad.
If there are more applications than available places for a university, the number of ECTS earned by the applicants at the time of application will determine the sequence of the nominations. In addition, the respective department or department representative reserves the right to make the final decision if there are more applications than places available.
All participants must take an online language test in the working language both BEFORE and AFTER mobility, which is intended to document their language development during the stay abroad. However, the language test will NOT be used as a selection criterion for your stay abroad! Depending on the results of the first language test, participants can take a free online language course during their semester abroad. Currently, all 24 official languages of the EU are available; here is an overview.
In addition, you will need to complete a report in the EU database after completion of your semester abroad.
Upon request, the host university can assist you in finding accommodation.
The amount of the monthly ERASMUS+ rate depends on the respective destination country. For students at partner universities, the following amounts apply for the 2019/20 academic year:
• 450 € per month for Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
• 390 € per month for Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus
• 330 € per month for Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia (EJRM), Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary
The number of months funded may deviate from the actual duration of the stay depending on the amount of funding and the number of participants allocated to us.
After completion of your stay abroad, the host university will issue a Transcript of Records. In addition, you must submit a report via the EU‘s Mobility Tool+. You will be asked to do so via email.
If you have any questions or need further information, also regarding special funding for participants with disabilities or for single parents, please contact the team of the International Office.
The rights and obligations of all participants are set out in the ERASMUS+ Charter for Students.
National agency for ERASMUS+: eu.daad.de
Liability clause: This project has been funded with the support of the European Commission. The responsibility for the information about the programme on this website lies solely with the author. The Commission shall not be liable for any further use that may be made of the information contained therein.
An exchange is also possible with partner universities outside the ERASMUS programme of HS Kaiserslautern. As a so-called “Freemover”, you can also look around elsewhere. It is well known that universities in the USA, Canada and Australia attract thousands of students from all over the world. These universities offer a number of study programs and specialisations – partly with enormous tuition fees. Australia, in particular, is very popular at the moment, not least because the actual costs may be relatively low thanks to financial support from Auslands-BAFöG (federal financial aid for studying abroad; also for students not receiving financial aid). It is always worth checking!
So you do not need to limit yourself to the partner universities of HS Kaiserslautern. It is all about finding the most interesting study programme for you out of the multitude of possibilities.
For residents (with primary domicile!) of Rhineland-Palatinate, the partnership between South Carolina (USA) and Rhineland-Palatinate is interesting, as they only have to pay so-called “in-state fees” in South Carolina; i.e., for studying at a state university there, they pay reduced tuition fees as if they were residents of South Carolina.
The programme PROMOS – Programme for Increasing the Mobility of Students at German Universities – of DAAD, funded by BMBF, funds different kinds of international mobility as determined by the university, such as study and internship stays, language and professional courses, as well as study trips. Information on application requirements and deadlines can be found in the current calls.
The scholarships are awarded by the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences according to the binding DAAD funding guidelines and funding rates.