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Study and Apprenticeship abroad

Study and Apprenticeship abroad

The reason for study abroad is not only to expand and deepen linguistic and technical skills, but also offers an important personal experience. It helps you to see their field of study from the perspective of another cultural and to experience social relationships, make new contacts. These are experiences from which you will certainly profit.

The most important prerequisite for success and reaping the rewards of study abroad is careful preparation, which, for the most part, depends on your own initiative. Do not underestimate the time you will need to prepare. We have learned from experience that students generally need 12 to 18 months to prepare.

When planning your stay abroad, the following points should be considered:

Partial Study

Do you want to complete a portion of your studies abroad (one or two semesters), then you should first begin your studies at a German university and then go abroad once you have achieved an overview of your subject area, approximately from your third semester on or even better, after you complete your basic studies. It is also possible to conduct postgraduate or continuing studies abroad after completing your degree at a German university.

It is advisable in the case of partial study at a foreign university, to receive a leave of absence for the time abroad. We advise against deregistering from the university, because you may endanger your spot at the German university and the prerequisite for health insurance could be lost. It is advisable in any case, to obtain detailed information from the student office and from your health insurance before making a decision.

A further type of residency abroad is for an internship, which is an obligatory part of some courses of study.

Preparation for a Stay Abroad

If you decide to complete a portion of your studies aboard, then you should begin to collect information regarding the following points as soon as possible - at least one year prior to your planned study abroad:

  • What entry and residence regulations are there? (i.e. visa, job possibilities beyond the course of study)
  • Which documents are needed for the application? (i.e. translation of credentials, notarised documents, certificates)
  • What deadlines must be kept? (i.e. application deadlines, language test date)
  • What accommodation possibilities are there?
  • Do I need an additional health insurance?
  • Which medical preventive measures (vaccinations, etc.) are to be taken and what medications do I need to bring?

Language Skills

In order to be successful when studying abroad, you must have a good command of the host country language. You must be able to not only follow the courses, but also be able to speak and write on the topics of your subject. Beginning your studies and a language course simultaneously is therefore, not advisable. However, it can be helpful to attend a language course at the host university during your studies, in order to improve upon your skills.

In the event that you do not have the necessary language skills, you should take a language course in Germany or abroad early enough before beginning your study abroad and otherwise use every opportunity to acquire the necessary language skills.