Obligatory stay abroad
Places to go
In general, students can go abroad for two reasons:
- To fulfil the requirements for the LABG (this only applies to future English teachers):
Für Lehramtsstudierende gilt § 11 Abs. 10 LABG: „Das Studium moderner Fremdsprachen umfasst mindestens einen Auslandsaufenthalt von drei Monaten Dauer in einem Land, in dem die studierte Sprache als Landessprache gesprochen wird; Hochschulen können im Einzelfall eine Ausnahme vom Auslandsaufenthalt zulassen, wenn eine in der Person der oder des Studierenden oder in der Person nächster Angehöriger begründete schwerwiegende Mobilitätseinschränkung vorliegt und die Ausnahmegenehmigung dokumentiert wird.“
This stay abroad in an English-speaking country can be realised in various ways, e.g. as a study abroad (e.g. at a university or a language school) or work abroad (internship, Au Pair, work&travel etc.) programme and can be recognised for the Culture & Communication and Work Experience abroad module respectively. If you have already spent at least 12 weeks in an English-speaking country in the 12 months before you started your English studies, this can be recognised. Please see "Recognition of pre-university stays abroad".
- To experience a new academic environment and broaden your intercultural competences. Courses that you study at any foreign university anywhere in the world can be recognised for any module of your degree programme here, but not for the Culture & Communication module. We have several partner universities where you can study abroad.
On this website, you will find information on where to go for your obligatroy stay abroad.
The information provided is not all-encompassing and it is expected that students still do their own research.
If you are a Lehramt student, for your obligatory stay abroad, you need to go to an English speaking country.
List of English speaking countries
As indicated in the map, these include:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Trinidad and Tobago
The English Department has partnerships for study abroad programmes with the following universities in English speaking countries:
- Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA (FLTA-Foreign Language Teaching Assistant - only with master's degree)
- Clark University in Worcester, MA, USA (through Fulbright or DAAD - only for the dual M.A. program, Contact: Silja Fehn)
- Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA (Language Fellow Position. Contact: Silke von der Emde: email@example.com, see also: Assistant teacher)
- University of Northampton, Northampton, UK (Erasmus, 3 places, BA and MA, Contact: Prof. Stierstorfer)
- University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (Erasmus, 4 places, BA with the subject combination German and English only, Contact: Prof. Real)
- Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland (Erasmus, 2 places, BA only, Contact: S. Fehn)
- Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria (2 places, BA only, Contact: Prof. Real, Prof. Stein) - Please see the travel warning from the federal foreign office!
- The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India (Places: TBA, MA only, Contact: Prof. Gut, Prof. Deuber)
- University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India (3 places for BA and MA students; Application deadlines 15 December for July-November & 15 June for January-April/May; Contact: Prof. Deuber)
- University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India (4 places, BA only, Contact: Prof. Stierstorfer)
The Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) also offers plenty opportunities and financial support options.
The English Department currently has a contact in the German Studies Department at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Since 2000, their department has received one of our students every year as a Language Fellow. The language fellow position offers a unique opportunity for a student at the University of Münster to attend Vassar for one year. In exchange for working 12 hours per week, a language fellow receives free room and board, can enroll in two classes per semester, and receives a stipend of $500/month for 10 months. The fellowship usually runs from the end of August until the end of May.
The Language Fellow supports the activities of the German Studies department in important ways. Duties include conducting oral drill sections for Beginning German students, supporting faculty in other courses, tutoring students on a one-to-one basis, and helping to organize speakers and other departmental events.
Applicants should look out for posters announcing the current deadline (usually around the end of February or March) and send a letter of application, a tabular curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation (in either English or German) to:
Elliott Schreiber, Chair
Dept of German Studies
Vassar College, Box 72
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Please do not apply to Vassar College at the moment as the process has already finished.
In cooperation with English schools, the English Department offers placements at:
The ZfL offers placements at schools in England and Ireland and well as in India, Kenya and Singapor and many other countries. For questions, please contact Adeline Weinberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please regularly visit the cooperation partners website of the ZfL [de] for an updated overview of all placements at international schools in cooperation with the WWU.
- Farlingaye High School (pdf)
- East Norfolk Sixth Form College (pdf)
- Norwich School (pdf)
- St Mary´s School Cambridge (pdf)
- York Heworth Primary School (pdf)
- Judith Kerr Primary School London (pdf)
- Hatcham Temple Grove Primary School London (pdf)
- Greenlanes National School Dublin (pdf)
- Galway Steiner National School (pdf)
- Cuan na Gaillimhe National School (pdf)
- Delhi Public School Greater Faridabad (pdf) (India)
- Ilkeek Aare Primary School (pdf) (Kenya)
- German European School Singapore (pdf) (Singapore)
The possibilities presented here merely show the possible range of opportunities for internships in an English speaking country, students are still required to do their own research.
A comprehensive guidebook for those interested in an internship is available from the Career Service. [de]
KAP.WWU offers a database for internships.
German schools abroad can be found at the Bundesverwaltungsamt Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen.
Possible opportunities outside of school:
National Museum Scotland: https://www.nms.ac.uk/about-us/jobs-and-volunteering/student-placements/
British Library: https://www.bl.uk/conservation/internships#
Wellcome Trust: https://wellcome.org/jobs/summer-internship-programme
National History Museum: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/volunteer.html
National Trust: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteer
National Portrait Gallery: https://www.npg.org.uk/about/jobs/
The Royal Household (Buckingham Palace; Windsor Castle): https://theroyalhousehold.tal.net/vx/candidate/jobboard/vacancy/4/adv
Bold Tendencies: http://boldtendencies.com/art-trainee-programme/