Study Programs Abroad

From the classic semester abroad to a shorter summer session, from further training to a full course: There are many options for studying abroad.

Regardless of whether you have just finished high school, are in the middle of your studies or have been working for a few years: the range of offers at our partner universities is wide and something suitable can be found for many individual requirements, ideas and living conditions.

In the following we give you a general overview of the most important study programs abroad.

The classic: the semester abroad

The most popular form of studying abroad is still the semester abroad during your studies. As part of such a semester abroad, you study one or two semesters at a foreign university without obtaining a degree there. However, the semester abroad is not to be regarded as an interruption of studies. During this time you will attend courses and continue to collect credit points, which can usually be used for studying at home.

Many universities offer special semester programs for international students, the so-called Study Abroad programs. The great thing about these programs:

  • The approval procedures are greatly simplified
  • As far as possible, the students determine their timetable themselves

Many of our partner universities in Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, Asia and Africa offer Study Abroad programs. There are currently universities in 25 countries around the world on offer.

Summer, sun, studies: the summer session

Would you like to spend the summer abroad and at the same time advance your studies? Then a summer session is just right for you. This is a kind of compressed semester abroad that can be completed between May and September. Summer sessions are particularly widespread in the USA, Canada and Great Britain, but are increasingly being offered in other countries as well. The courses offered are usually part of the regular course program of the respective university, but are taught very intensively over a period of five to six weeks. Here, too, there is often the opportunity to use the credit points you have earned to be credited towards the domestic studies.

Summer sessions are a great option for all those who cannot spend a full semester abroad, but still don’t want to do without international experience. A confirmation for a summer session is almost guaranteed. Even US elite universities, such as UC Berkeley or Boston University, deliberately keep the requirements for admission to this program low. This gives many students the opportunity to get to know studying and campus life at an elite American university. Also an absolute plus for the résumé.

Summer sessions are also aimed at high school graduates. Some universities even offer high school students the opportunity to get a taste of campus atmosphere abroad and to gain their first study experience before they start their studies as part of this study program.

Trial course: The Academic Gap Year

It is becoming increasingly popular with German high school graduates: The Academic Gap Year abroad. No wonder, because this form of study abroad offers school leavers two things: While they can gain their first study experience and orientate themselves in their choice of subjects, they discover exciting places at the same time and learn to assert themselves in a foreign country. Many universities and colleges around the world offer study programs specifically for school leavers: from large campus universities in the USA to colleges with a family atmosphere, there is something for everyone. The courses offered by the universities are extensive and offer the opportunity to get a taste of very different subject areas, be it natural, Social, linguistic and cultural studies or economics.

An academic gap year at a foreign university is therefore ideal for high school graduates who like to gain international experience and at the same time want to orientate themselves academically. The best thing: the application is usually uncomplicated and often even possible at short notice.

The basis: the bachelor’s degree

If a few weeks or months abroad are not enough for you, you can also complete a full course of study at one of our partner universities. This is already possible for a bachelor’s degree, which is the first undergraduate degree in many countries.

The bachelor’s degree serves to prepare for the job ; Alternatively, however, graduates can also pursue a postgraduate master’s degree. The duration of the Bachelor’s studies usually varies between three and four years. In Europe, Australia or New Zealand it is usually three years, whereas in the USA it is four years.

The first two years of study in the USA are a kind of Studium Generale, only then do the studies focus on the actual subject. In countries like Australia and New Zealand, students can specialize within a further academic year after completing their Bachelor’s degree and earn the Bachelor of Honors.

Special interest: the master’s degree

More and more students are drawn to a master’s degree abroad. There are many reasons for doing a master’s degree abroad after completing a bachelor’s degree in Germany:

  • Acquisition of intercultural skills and very good knowledge of a foreign language
  • Experience with another study system
  • An international perspective on your own subject
  • Specializations and subject combinations that German universities do not offer

The best-known international master’s degree is the Master of Business Administration (MBA). It has a long tradition, especially in the USA. The MBA degree from a renowned foreign university is often the starting signal for a steep career in management.

Study Programs Abroad