Practical information

Studying, researching or completing an internship abroad is not only a great way to improve your language skills. You can also gain an entirely new perspective on your major, demonstrate flexibility and organisational talent, and acquire important intercultural competence. Below we provide practical advice on how best to organise your study visit abroad and answer some frequently asked, but very important questions.

  • Where in the world should I go?

    Spain or Singapore, Japan or Jordan, Ukraine or the United States? The important thing is to ask yourself what you expect from your study visit abroad. Do you want to quickly participate in courses taught in a language you already know, or are you more interested in learning a new language and discovering a new country? And what benefits do you hope to gain for your academic career and professional prospects? Before applying for study abroad, we recommend getting information about your first-choice universities which will make it easier to write your application.

    In addition to the established student exchange partnerships supported by the University of Münster, you can also apply as a "free mover", i.e. individually as a visiting student, at numerous universities worldwide for a duration of one or two semesters.  You can obtain specific information about such offers directly from the International Office or the respective host university. The application requirements for guest students often include providing a certificate of language proficiency, a transcript of your academic achievement, in some cases, a letter of motivation and references from your professors. You may also be required to pay tuition fees to the host university.

    You can find more information about foreign academic systems, universities and application modalities on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For general tips on organising foreign visits abroad, the International Office offers an information event for students interested in study abroad.
    More information on the DAAD website [de]
    Visit the website of the International Office

  • Information on safety precautions

    For important information about safety precautions which should be taken prior to and during your visit in the host country, click here [de].

  • When is the right time to go?

    Depending on the structure of your degree programme, it makes sense to study abroad after either the second or fourth semester. Most importantly, you should base your decision on the study regulations of your bachelor's or master's degree programme.

    To determine the best time to study abroad, choose a semester during which you have fewer mandatory courses to complete. Speak with your degree programme advisor [de] about which mandatory and elective mandatory courses you will have to complete abroad and whether the academic achievement will be recognised in Münster.

    You should weigh the importance of your study visit abroad, or more specifically, the importance of completing your degree programme within the standard duration of study. If you strongly value the chance to improve your language skills and take courses at the host university for which you may not receive full credit in Münster, you should aware that you may have to study one or two semesters longer to complete your degree programme.


  • Language courses

    When you study at a foreign university, it is not enough to simply understand what is discussed in class. You will also be expected to participate orally and complete writing assignments. The Language Centre of the University of Münster offers foreign language courses to help you prepare for your study visit abroad. Beginner and advanced courses in many languages are offered every semester. You can also participate in a language tandem. In this programme, students are paired up with an international student and together they practice speaking in each other's native language and learn from one another. An introductory information meeting on the tandem programme takes place at the beginning of the semester. You can even earn ECTS credits for regularly participating in a language tandem.
    Erasmus programme in Münster
    Information on language courses offered at the Language Centre
    Language tandem - information & registration

    Another interesting option is to participate in a summer language course offered by the DAAD, for which you can apply in January. Practically every host university offers its exchange students preparatory and regular language courses during the semester – often at no charge. For more information, contact your Erasmus coordinator, the International Office of the University of Münster or your prospective host university directly.

  • Preparatory workshops

    To get you ready for your visit abroad, the International Office offers a variety of preparatory workshops. The "outgoing workshop" offers nominees whose study visits are already approved the chance to speak with former study abroad participants. Divided into country-specific groups, you can ask the former participants your burning questions and receive practical tips. You will find the dates of the upcoming workshops and corresponding registration details on the website of the International Office.  You will also find various intercultural training seminars which are open to all students and prepare candidates for their visits abroad. The dates and topics of the training sessions are announced in advance on the website of International Office.

  • Recognition of credit

    Depending on the type of foreign study visit and your department/faculty, the decision on credit recognition for your degree programme at the University of Münster is either made by your degree programme advisor, your faculty's Erasmus coordinator, or the respective Examinations Office. The process of drawing up the Learning Agreement is a good opportunity to speak with your degree programme advisor prior to going abroad and discuss what coursework and examinations can be recognised for your degree programme in Münster.

    After you return to Münster, you should arrange a meeting with your faculty advisor or responsible Examinations Office to have your course certificates recognised and the respective credits approved.