Study abroad periods require timely and thorough preparation. During planning you must be clear about the time and length of the study abroad period, as well as the choice of country, host university, as well as your command of foreign languages.
FHWS stands in contact with over 230 partner universities worldwide. The faculties' international affairs officers will gladly advise and support you in choosing your host university as well as your courses.
Freemover: If you don't find an FHWS partner university that suits you, there is the possibility to organise the stay abroad yourself and go to a university of your choice as a so-called Freemover. Please bear in mind that organising your stay independently involves a considerable amount of extra work and that you will have to pay any tuition fees yourself. Good preparation and coordination with your faculty's international affairs officer is highly recommended. Please report your study abroad period to the FHWS International Office via the MoveOn Portal (Freemover) and write us a quick e-mail.
You can apply for a PROMOS Scholarship to get some financial support for your stay as a Freemover.
You should plan about a year in advance for the organisation of your stay abroad.
Please also note the information about Visas and Health Certificates. There you will also find important information on mobilities from 2021 to the United Kingdom.
Applications for a place at one of the FHWS partner universities are open as follows:
01 Nov to 31 Jan for a stay in the following winter semester
01 May to 30 Jun for a stay in the following summer semester
Basic rule: The stay abroad must be planned thoroughly and well in advance. The question of funding is a very important aspect in this. There are numerous support and funding possibilities. In the following, we will introduce the most important ones:
- A study abroad periods within Europe can be funded by the Erasmus+ mobility for higher education students to programme countries (KA103).
- For study abroad periods outside the European Union, you can apply for funding through
• Erasmus+ mobility for higher education students to partner countries (KA107);
• Funds from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts.
Information about these programmes is available below in the sections Studying in EU countries and Studying in non-EU countries.
Details on further financing possibilities are available from the page on Financing Options. See also the page Erasmus+ for more information on this programme.
When preparing your stay abroad, please get information about your host university. You are required to independently find out information about the study programmes, language requirements (required level, language certificates) and accommodation options. Use the host university's website or the information for exchange students provided by its International Office.
For the transfer of credits (including Diploma Supplement), please contact your examination committee after you returned to FHWS providing the application for credit transfer, the entire Learning Agreement (part 1, 2, and 3) and as well as a transcript of records from your host university. If you have questions on the procedure of credit transfer within your degree programme, please contact the responsible member of staff at the Department of Student Affairs (HSST).