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Bilateral Exchange

Preparation and Nomination

You should start planning your exchange programme about a year in advance. Find out more on the homepage of your faculty or consult your responsible faculty coordinator regarding suitable universities, study programmes, duration and financing. The faculty coordinator will also give you a deadline to submit your application to the faculty. After this period, your application will be forwarded to the International Office. The responsible Erasmus coordinator will then ask you to confirm your desired exchange programme within the specified period (one or two semesters), after which she will nominate you at the respective host university.


At the end of the nomination period at the host university you will be contacted directly by them receiving further information and, if applicable, a request to submit further documents. From this point in time, please clarify any questions in this regard with the respective contact person of the host university.

Health Insurance

On the website you will find independent information regarding your insurance coverage during your stay abroad. There is also a comparison calculator that allows you to search for suitable insurance policies and general information about your semester abroad.


Whether you need a visa depends on the country of destination. Within Europe, no visas are required for EU citizens; however, for the US, Canada and Australia, for example, they are. Your host university or a person in charge of your exchange programme will tell you what special type of visa is required. In most cases, this is a so-called study permit that allows you to study in this country for a certain period of time. This does not constitute a longer-term residence permit. As a rule, the visa is applied for at the embassy of the respective target country. Please take care of this as early as possible, as often are delays.

Funding Opportunities

There are a variety of funding opportunities for your stay abroad, including DAAD scholarships, PROMOS (application form), Fulbright and many more.

If you have outstanding academic achievements, you can also consider applying for a HAW scholarship.

During the Stay

This completes the preparation of your study stay at least on the university side, and you can now travel to your host university for the planned start of your studies. Now you can (if not already done) design your study timetable. You may receive further information during your stay.

After the Stay

We hope that you were completely satisfied with your stay abroad. Perhaps an internship abroad is also an option for you in the future?