Experience abroad - whether through a study visit or a study-related practical training - is nowadays part of the requirements profile for most management positions. Intercultural competencies and business-fluent language skills are best acquired during a longer stay abroad. In addition to English, a second foreign language is becoming increasingly important for your future professional career.
According to a study by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) employers today place greater value on graduates acquiring experience and soft skills abroad than on a short duration of study. Ansbach University of Applied Sciences therefore advises students to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a stay abroad, whether as a study semester at a partner university or study-related practical training with an international company.
Living and studying abroad improves your
Since the courses you attend abroad are also recognized at home, the duration of your studies remains the same.
Studying abroad as a "free m over"
On principle, students can complete a semester at any foreign university of their choice. However, you should find out in advance exactly what the costs will be and check with the lecturers at your home university whether the semester abroad will be recognized.
Country information and a database for finding a suitable host university can be found on the DAAD website on "Studying, researching and teaching abroad".
In addition, numerous agencies offer placement services at foreign universities.
Study abroad at a partner university
Studying at one of our partner universities offers the advantages that the application procedure is simplified, the International Office knows fixed contact persons and will always assist if you have any questions, the tuition fees are clearly stated in advance and often even reduced for students from Ansbach.
Studying within the framework of the ERASMUS+ program of the European Commission also has the advantage that fees are waived at the partner universities and students from Ansbach University of Applied Sciences receive a mobility grant.
Planning the study period abroad
It is advisable to inform yourself about the possibilities for an exchange study/internship already at the beginning of your studies. The International Office regularly offers information events that are open to all interested parties and can be helpful in deciding on a host university. The dates are announced by notice board and by circular emails.
Financing the stay abroad
Depending on the nature of the course of study, grants for travel and living expenses may be available. Please contact the IO staff for additional information.
In general, it can be said that all costs of a semester abroad cannot be covered by government grants. It is therefore advisable to think about additional financing well in advance.
In general, students must look for a placement abroad by themselves. The International Office cannot offer any special support in finding practical training in a foreign country but can help students get additional funding.
The Erasmus+ programme also supports practical training at host institutions (companies) in other European countries*. This allows students to gain practical experience and at the same time acquire foreign language and intercultural skills.
Practical training lasting between 2 and 12 months can be funded, regardless of whether it is the mandatory practical training semester or voluntary practical training.
There are also various funding opportunities for practical training outside of the European Union.
*Excluded from this are EU institutions and organisations that administer EU programmes.
Going abroad in the summer and doing something for your studies at the same time? That's what you experience at a summer school!
Summer schools are usually two to four-week educational stays at a foreign university or college and take place during the semester break. A Summer School offers subject-specific or interdisciplinary courses and/or language courses.
The courses are held in the local language or in English, thus enabling students to improve their own language skills. A cultural program with excursions and sightseeing is usually also offered and gives students a chance to get to know the country and its culture. To find the right summer school for you, it is best to check the websites of the individual universities. Important: There is usually a course fee for attending a summer school!
Scholarships and grants for studying abroad can be applied for at the following institutions or programmes.
ATTENTION: All applications must be submitted in before going abroad!
Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission
Programme “Internationalisation of German Universities” of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts
Bavarian Academic Centres
Bavarian Academic Centre for China (BayCHINA)
Bavarian Academic Centre for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (BAYHOST)
Bavarian Academic Centre for Latin America (BAYLAT)
Franco-Bavarian University cooperation centre (BayFrance)
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Grants for German students and graduates
Internationalisation of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS.International)
Fulbright Programme (USA)
Fulbright scholarships and Fulbright travel grants for students and graduates
The application for recognition of academic achievements should be handed in during the semester following the stay abroad.
It is strongly recommended that the academic recognition of courses or academic achievements is agreed upon and written down in a Learning Agreement before the mobility.
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