A study period abroad or practical training outside your home country is considered to be a mandatory part of the academic training for high-end jobs by most employees. Intercultural competence and foreign language skills are best gained by extended stays abroad. A second foreign language besides English boosts career prospects even more.
According to a study by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) employees place greater value on graduates acquiring international experience and soft skills than on having finished their studies in the shortest possible time. Ansbach University of Applies Sciences therefore encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities to go abroad, either for a study semester or for study-related practical training in an international company.
You can find the presentation on financial aid and the steps you need to follow when going abroad here (in German).
Living and studying abroad improves your
Since the courses you attend abroad are also recognised at home, the duration of your studies remains the same.
Studying abroad as a "Free Mover"
In principle, students can choose to study at any foreign university. However, students should also calculate the costs well in advance and ensure that the courses they plan to study are also recognised by their home university.
You will find information regarding the different countries and a suitable university on www.daad.de/ausland/en/ .
Of course, there is always the option of paying an agency to arrange everything.
Studying at one of our partner universities
If you decide to study at one of our partner universities you will have the following advantages:
Studying within the ERASMUS+ programme is of an even greater advantage. You do not pay student fees and are given a mobility grant.
Planning a study abroad
We recommend you start thinking about studying abroad - the minute you start studying! You should make enquiries at the International Office at least one year in advance! The International Office organises information events at regular intervals. Keep your eyes open for posters around the campus and check the “news” category.
Financing your study abroad
Sometimes it’s possible to get a grant for traveling and living costs. Once again you will find current information in the “news” category of the International Office. For any further information please contact the International Office.
Studying abroad can be very expensive. Any grants you receive will not cover all your costs. It is important to find out well in advance what costs are to be expected. Don’t wait too long get organised. It pays off to be well prepared.
The International Office cannot offer support in finding a placement in a foreign country but we can help you to get additional funding.
The ERASMUS+ programme promotes internships within Europe*. Practical training abroad allows students to improve their intercultural and language skills as well as giving them the opportunity to gain work experience in an international setting.
Practical training – be it a mandatory part of your studies or voluntary - can be funded for a period between two and twelve months. Besides funding from the European Union there are other sources for funding worldwide.
*Apart from EU institutions and other EU bodies which administer EU programmes.
Going abroad in the summer and doing something for your studies at the same time? This is what a Summer School makes possible! 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. Courses are held in the local language or in English, thus enabling students to improve their language skills. A cultural programme with excursions and sightseeing is usually also offered, thus enabling students to get to know the country and its culture. Some universities in Germany also offer the possibility to participate in an international summer school. The teaching language is usually English. To find the right Summer School for you, please visit the websites of the individual universities. Important: There is usually a course fee for attending a Summer School.
Summer Schools 2020:
Mobility Grants for studying abroad can be applied for at the following institutions or programmes. (-Important- All applications must be handed in before going abroad!)
ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Commission see ERASMUS+
Programme “Internationalisation of German Universities” of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts see StMWK
Bavarian Academic Centres:
Bavarian Academic Centre for China (BayCHINA)
Bavarian Academic Centre for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe
Bavarian Academic Centre for Latin America (BAYLAT)
Bavarian-French Academic Centre
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Grants for German students and graduates
Fulbright-Grants and Fulbright-Mobility grants for students and graduates
Jobline LMU is the English-language job application training programme of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany.
Jobline LMU is for students and school-leavers who would like to do an internship abroad and for graduates who have just finished their studies and want to find a job or a graduate trainee programme in the English-speaking world – or at a company in Germany with an English-language corporate culture. Jobline LMU also provides teachers with extensive teaching materials for English job applications.
Jobline LMU is free of charge!
Language Courses from the Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb)
The Virtual University of Bavaria offers more than 30 free courses for the following languages: English, French, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Czech.
You will find more information here.
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.
For this purpose the International Office offers a Learning Agreement for Freemovers. Students who participate in the ERASMUS+ or PROMOS programme have to fill out the respective Learning Agreement (see ERASMUS+ or PROMOS).
Ansbach University of Applied Sciences maintains close contacts with universities all over the world. Joint collaborations include the exchange of students, teaching staff and non-teaching staff as well as joint projects in research and teaching.
Find the right partner university here.
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