Going abroad

Going abroad

Are you enrolled at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and thinking about spending some time abroad as part of your degree program? Do you want to broaden your horizons as international experience is essential for virtually any modern job? There are various possibilities for going abroad.

The most common one is going abroad with the Erasmus programme.

ERASMUS programme

The ERASMUS programme was created by the EU Commission to promote the mobility of students, staff and lecturers within Europe in 1987. You can also participate in this exchange programme and spend up to two semesters at a partner university of the department CBI. Participants receive a grant for the duration of their stay.

Before you make a decision regarding the partner university, please have a look at the experience reports of our students and staff who have already been abroad.


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ERASMUS Application process

The application process for the Erasmus programme consists of the steps outlined below.

    1. Selection of the university
    2. Application – 1 year in advance
    3. Nomination
    4. Registration at the Central International Office (RIA) of FAU
    5. Application at the partner university

Experience reports

Photograph and report: Nils (Bachelor CEN), Gabriel (Master LSE) and Jörn (Master CEN), Erasmus semester at National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
Photograph and report: Christoph (Master ET), Erasmus semester at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia Aussicht auf Ljubljana
Photograph, report and video: Simon (Master CBI), Erasmus semester at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway
Photograph, report: Sandra (Master LSE), Erasmus semester at University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
Photograph and report: Lukas (Master CEN), Erasmus semester at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands Stadtansicht Delft
Photograph and report: Anna (Bachelor CEN), Erasmus semester at Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
Photograph and report: CBI-ERASMUS-Coordinator, partner university AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

1. Selection of the university

The department CBI has the following ERASMUS partnerships:

Country City University Exchange places Language requirements Academic Calendar/Lecture periods/
Registration deadline at the partner university
Finnland Åbo  Åbo Akademi University 2 English B2 https://www.abo.fi/en/study/academic-year/ https://www.abo.fi/en/study/study-abroad/exchange-students/how-to-apply/
Greece Athens (not suitable for LSE) National Technical University of Athens 12 English B2 https://www.ntua.gr/en/school/studies-at-ntua




Italy Perugia Università degli Studi di Perugia 2 Basic Italian, recommended minimum B1, Italian course possible on site before the beginning of the semester https://www.unipg.it/internazionale/ects/calendario-accademico https://www.unipg.it/en/international-students/students-wishing-to-enroll
Italy Cosenza Università degli Studi della Calabria 2 Italian B1 https://www.unicaladmission.it/ https://www.unical.it/internazionale/intenational-students/incoming-students-erasmus-plus/
Netherlands Delft Delft University of Technology 2 MA English C1 https://www.tudelft.nl/en/student/education/academic-calendar/   https://www.tudelft.nl/en/education/programmes/exchange/ 

A maximum of 49% of an exchange student’s credits (ECTS) can be taken at other faculties (except at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment). However, we encourage students to take more courses at the Faculty of Applied Sciences. This increases the chances of getting accepted.

Norwegen Porsgrunn University of South-Eastern Norway 2 MA English B2 https://www.usn.no/english/new-students/usn-faq/ https://www.usn.no/english/academics/study-and-courseplans/#/emneliste/EXTNMP_2023_H%C3%98ST
Norway Trondheim Norwegian University of Science and Technology 3 MA English B2 https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/academiccalendar https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/exchange/how_to_apply
Poland Danzig (Gdańsk) Gdańsk University of Technology 1 English B1 https://pg.edu.pl/en/students/international-mobility/erasmus-incoming-students https://pg.edu.pl/internationalization/come-to-gut/erasmus/incoming-students
Poland Krakau (Krakow) AGH University of Science and Technology 4 English B2 https://www.international.agh.edu.pl/eng/centre-for-international-students/faq/academic-calendar/ https://www.agh.edu.pl/en/education/education-offer/studies-in-english/ 
Slovenia  Ljubljana Univerza v Ljubljani 2 English B2 https://www.uni-lj.si/international_cooperation_and_exchange/incoming_students/academic_calendar/ https://www.uni-lj.si/international_cooperation_and_exchange/incoming_students/
Spain Castellón de la Plana Universitat Jaume I 2 MA, 2 BA Bachelor: English B2, Master: Spanish A2/B1, English B2 https://www.uji.es/serveis/sgde/base/calendar/ https://www.uji.es/serveis/ori/base/incoming/intercanvi_estudiant/  
Spain Oviedo Universidad de Oviedo 2 BA Spanish B1 http://www.uniovi.es/vida/calendario   http://www.uniovi.es/en/internacional/extranjeros  
Spain Santiago de Compostela Universidad de Santiago de Compostela 2 BA, 4 MA Spanish B1 http://www.usc.gal/en/academic-calendar   http://www.usc.gal/en/mobility-programmes-incoming-students  
Spanien Valladolid Universidad de Valladolid 3 Spanish B1 https://universityofvalladolid.uva.es/3.admissions/ http://relint.uva.es/inicio/internacional/english/welcome-guide-english/
Czech Republic Prague Vysoká Skola Chemicko-Technologická v Praze 2 English B2 https://study.vscht.cz/academic-calendar https://study.vscht.cz/erasmusplus
Hungary Budapest Budapest University of Technology and Economics 2 English B2 https://www.kth.bme.hu/en/general-information/academic-calendar https://www.kth.bme.hu/en/study-programmes/exchange-and-semester-abroad-students/erasmus_and_other_exchange/ 


Depending on the destination, a different language level may be required.
An overview of our partner universities, from which you can select your desired university, is also available here.
Other exchange places (world map) can be found here.

2. Application

Once you have made your choice regarding a partner university, you can start with the application.

The application must include:

  • completed application form
  • complete overview of grades
  • curriculum vitae (see “3. Nomination”, additional criteria)
  • language certificate(s)
  • letter of motivation

The letter of motivation (in German) should generally include a list of the courses you would like to take abroad.

Your application must be received by the CBI coordinator, Dr. Hilbig, by January 15 (application deadline) usually 1 year prior to your planned semester abroad.

To do so, please fill out the following online form: APPLICATION

Please read “3. Nomination” to learn about the criteria for the allocation of places. If you are interested in a partner university in Northern Europe, please include the additional criteria listed below in your letter of motivation.

3. Nomination

After reviewing all application documents, the nomination is made at the end of February. Since the number of places is usually limited to two seats, students are selected according to their course of study and grades (bachelor’s grade, or master’s grade in case of equality). If the number of applications for a partnership is too high, additional criteria such as volunteer work (social activities etc.), knowledge of the national language, content of the motivation letter, study progress, a-level grade are used.

The CBI Erasmus coordinator informs the applicants about the result and sends a nomination list to the Central International Office (RIA) of FAU.

4. Registration at the Central International Office (RIA) of FAU

The Central International Office (RIA) of FAU is responsible for the administrative process of the ERASMUS programme and for the payment of the study grant. The staff members RIA will ask all nominated students by email to register in the online system of the Central International Office. Furthermore, RIA informs the host university about the nominated students as well as the students about the registration modalities of the host university.

5. Application at the partner university

After RIA has informed you, you now have to register yourself at the partner university. Adhering to the respective registration deadlines is very important, otherwise no exchange place can be guaranteed!


Other ways to go abroad

Internships abroad

Another possibility to go abroad is to do an internship in a foreign company, or a branch of a German company abroad. It should be noted that requests for an internship of only six weeks, for example, are usually rejected.

Further information on internships abroad can be found on the following FAU pages.

Free Mover

You can also spend a semester at a university abroad as a “free mover” outside of existing FAU exchange programmes or cooperations. You can find more information on the FAU website.

Further Information

You can obtain further information from the following contact points, for example:

Information events of the Central International Office (RIA) of FAU

Every semester, the Central International Office (RIA) of FAU organizes a series of informational events on the topic of studying abroad during your studies. An overview of the current presentations can be found here: Information events RIA


Important hints for stays abroad

Information events

  • On 07.11.2023 the yearly International Day is held. Further information is available here.
  • The Central International Office also offers information events on stays abroad. Further information is available here.

Rules for the recognition of academic achievements

The possibility of the recognition of study achievements done abroad must be checked before the stay abroad. The following rules apply to this:

Applications for recognition of study credits from abroad are processed at the Department CBI by the recognition officers:

  • Prof. Castiglione (StuKo CBI, CEN chairwoman).
  • Dr. Anna Hilbig (on behalf of the StuKo)

The possibility of recognition must be checked in the Study Service Centre CBI before the stay abroad.

In addition, the following applies (for modules taken at home and abroad):

  • An elective module outside the catalogue (Master’s programmes CBI and LSE) must be requested from the StuKo chair, Prof. Castiglione.
  • An elective module subject in the specialization module group A in the Master’s program CEN is applied for with Prof. Engel (responsible for the program CEN, on behalf of the StuKo chair).

For recognition, module descriptions of the foreign subjects have to be submitted to Mrs. Hilbig (for exceptions see above). If necessary, the lecturers of the respective courses can be contacted.

The subjects taken abroad must be entered in the Learning Agreement. The confirmation of the entire Learning Agreement takes place in the Student Service Centre.

After the stay abroad, the achievements you have passed in accordance with the Learning Agreement can be recognized. For this purpose, the Transcript of Records and the completed application for recognition of achievements must be submitted to Ms. Hilbig (by email). The results of the recognition will be communicated to FAU’s examination office at the end. The contact for complaints in connection with the Erasmus+ programme can be found here.

Request for substitute examination date in case of a stay abroad

According to ABMPO/TechFak §16 (2), students who are unable to attend the regular date of a written examination due to the completion of a study abroad programme may, in agreement with the respective examiner, request that an oral substitute examination date be scheduled, provided that the change of examination form is compatible with the qualification objective of the module. The decision is made by the examination board.

The application must be accompanied by evidence of the intended study abroad and the written consent of the examiner. Please use the application for substitute examination date in case of a stay abroad.