Spending a limited time of one or two semesters studying abroad offers you various benefits:
- You get to know another country, its language and its culture.
- You get insights into another university environment.
- You act as an ambassador for BSP and actively help to grow networks.
- Your study credits gained abroad can be recognised in Germany (upon approval).
You can take your semester abroad anywhere in the world. If you choose to organise your trip via one of our partnerships we support you through the entire application process and regularly invite guests from abroad to informative events.
You generally take your semester abroad in the third, fourth or sixth semester. In the case of partnerships, applicants are selected on the basis of:
- The number of places available at the partner university
- The stage reached in your degree and the results attained
- Your level in the teaching language and the local language
- Your motivation
Application deadlines for a semester abroad
The application deadlines depend on the guest university where you would like to spend your study abroad semester. As a general rule of thumb, you should apply
- 4 to 6 months in advance for stays within Europe
- 6 to 9 months in advance for stays outside Europe
You should start researching and contact the International Office about one year before the planned start of the mobility period.
Your choice of course at the guest university
Before you begin your semester abroad, please ensure that you check with the relevant contact in your faculty (usually the Programme director) whether and how the study credits you intend to gain abroad can be recognised at BSP.
A crucial part of having your credits recognised is to use the Learning Agreement (available at the International Office). This ensures in advance that the studies you complete will be recognised through agreements with the guest university and the home university. Such agreements should always be concluded before you begin your studies abroad. By signing the agreement, the responsible faculty staff member makes a binding commitment that the study credits you gain will be recognised. A signed Learning Agreement is a legally binding contract between three parties. Any necessary short-term changes must be noted using the correct form (on page 2).
You can find more detailed information on the application process, the organisation and financing of your semester abroad in our info brochure or by asking our staff at the Career Center/International Office. Please also take note of our advice on ECTS.
In most cases, spending an extended period abroad entails additional costs, which can vary depending on your destination. The most significant source of funding is a foreign grant (“Auslandsbafög”). However, if you are spending less than one semester abroad, you can only apply for one if a partnership agreement is in place with the foreign university. Please note that one of several central foreign offices in Germany - depending on your destination - will be responsible for your funding application.
Twice a year BSP calls for internal applications for the DAAD scholarship programme PROMOS. You can find further information on this financing option here. Please note that, in case of funding in excess of €300 per month, the amount you are able to claim as a foreign grant (“Auslandsbafög”) is reduced accordingly.
When making your plans, please also bear in mind the possibilities offered by ERASMUS+.