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Studying at Partner Universities - Worldwide
Living and working abroad for a period of time is a dream for many students. A study visit to a partner university outside of the EU facilitates a change of perspective, helps students to develop linguistically, socially, culturally and in terms of subject knowledge as well as to expand their own professional prospects to include an international dimension.
Below is everything you need to know if you wish to apply for a study visit to one of our partner institutions worldwide.
Note on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mobility for studies
Please note that we are currently accepting and processing applications for a semester / year abroad and forwarding them to the host universities as usual.
However, admission for a semester abroad is currently always subject to the proviso that circumstances permit the stay abroad and study at the host university.
Possible factors in the regard are:
- Restrictions on departure from Germany
- Restrictions on entry to the host country
- Travel warnings from the Federal Foreign Office (no stays in areas for which there is a travel warning!)
- Availability of the host university for stays in the requested period (some host universities are currently not accepting students and are yet to decide when this will be possible again. If you are applying for a university that is definitely not accepting students for the period you have chosen, we will notify you.)
- It is possible that it will only be possible to study at the host university virtually (i.e. by attending online courses).
As this is a very dynamic situation, it is not possible to give a long-term forecast of the position. It is therefore possible that a semester abroad may have to be cancelled at short notice.
Partner universities - worldwide
The following partner universities in non-EU countries offer study places for students of Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. You can find out whether the study programme of your choice meets your subject requirements and expectations on the relevant website under “course catalogue” or “academics”.
In addition to the universities mentioned below, there are further partnerships at departmental level. The departments provide information on these on their own web pages under the International Affairs (Internationales) tab.
Your ECTS Coordinator will be able to answer any questions you may have about the courses offered at the partner universities and about the recognition of credits obtained there.
Overview of partner universities
- For stays in the 2022/23 winter semester or the 2023/24 academic year: 31 January 2023
- For stays starting in the 2024 summer semester: 31 July 2023
The semester dates at the foreign universities generally differ from our own and often begin in January or February and August.
Please enter your details there and follow the instructions.
Additional documents that must also be uploaded to the application portal
- Certificate of proficiency in your main language of instruction at the host university of your choice (see also below).
Please note that Communications students must also submit a language certificate.
- Detailed curriculum vitae in tabular form with information on other foreign language skills, study interests and focal areas, as well as commitments and interests outside of your studies (in German or English)
- Letter of motivation (about 1 page), explaining why you would like to study in the chosen country and at the chosen university (personal and professional reasons) and how you are preparing for the study visit (in the main language of instruction at the chosen host university or in English)
The letter of motivation should be addressed to your ECTS Coordinator, as he or she will review your application and assign it to the appropriate host university. If you have indicated more than one choice of host university in your application (2nd and 3rd priority), you should also briefly justify these university preferences.
- Current overview of grades from the online student service.
You do not need to have this overview confirmed by the Examination Office.
Students who are in the 1st semester of a Bachelor's programme at the time of application may submit the grade overview by 15 May (with a corresponding delay for applications for the summer semester).
Students who are applying before or during the first semester of a Master's degree should submit the last grade overview from the Bachelor’s programme.
- Current certificate of enrolment
These application documents remain at the university and will not be forwarded to your host university. If you have any questions regarding the application documents, please attend an advice session (see info column on the right) or make another appointment for advice in the International Office. We will be happy to help you.
How to obtain a language certificate
If you are currently taking an appropriate foreign language course at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, you can have the course instructor issue you with a certificate. The language certificate should contain information about your proficiency in the main language of instruction at the host university. A form that can be used for this purpose can be found here:
If you have a language certificate such as TOEFL, DELE or similar, that was issued not more than 2 years ago, you can also submit this with your application.
All students who do not fall into the above groups may take an English, French or Spanish language test at the Berlitz Language School in Magdeburg. The test costs 55 euros. You will be given a receipt, which you can then submit to the International Office at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences for reimbursement.
Please make an appointment in advance:
Tel.: +49 (0)391 541 4688
For reimbursement, please submit the following application, an invoice plus proof of payment or the receipt for the language test fees. Proof of the reason for the language certificate is also required. The application for a study place itself, or reference to an existing application, will serve as proof.
In Stendal Ms Angret Zierenberg, English lecturer and coordinator of the foreign language training at the Stendal campus, will also issue you with a language certificate using the above-mentioned form.
At Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences:
- The ECTS Coordinators make a selection from the applications received and assign the applicants to the respective partner universities. The main selection criteria are: academic performance, motivation and language skills
- The International Office nominates the selected applicants to the partner universities within six to eight weeks after the application deadline.
- The partner universities decide (on the basis of a separate application, see below) who will be admitted to the programme.
- All accepted students receive - in around March/April - detailed information from the International Office or directly from the host university.
In the case of applications for a later start to the period of study abroad, this procedure applies with a corresponding time delay.
At the host university:
After the nomination (see above), in most cases the host university will contact the applicants directly. It is then necessary to reapply directly to the host university. The host university will advise you how to do this and by when.
Note: Please be aware that the application documents that you submit for the selection process at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences will not be forwarded to the host universities. You will have to apply there again separately.
If you do not receive a message from the host university in time for the nomination, it would be advisable to look for the relevant information yourself on their website or, in case of doubt, to contact the International Office there. If at this point you are still unable to obtain any information at all, please contact the International Office at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences.
The application information almost always includes information on how to find accommodation in the host country.
During and after the end of the course:
During and after the end of your study abroad programme, you will still need to submit an outward journey confirmation, a certificate of completion and a final report. You will be given further information about this before the start of your trip. After completion of your studies abroad, you will receive a Transcript of Records (Zeugnis) from your host university about your academic achievements abroad, which forms the basis for their recognition at your home university.
The Learning Agreement is a key document for your study visit and the basis for the future recognition of your academic achievements abroad. It lists the courses that you will take at the host university and how they will be recognised upon your return and will be signed by you, your ECTS Coordinator and a representative of the host university.
Please use the current form from the International Office of Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences for this.