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NEWS Application deadlines for places at partner universities

Winter semester 2023/24:

15 February 2023

 

Summer semester 2024:

15 August 2023

 

Please send your application documents via email to: internationaloffice.hsbe@srh.de

 

Further information on the necessary application documents and the application process can be found ...

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Info Session "Study Abroad"

Donnerstag 02.02.2023 - 13.00 Uhr 
Info Meet Up! Offene Sprechstunde Auslandsstudium (Deutsch)
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Thursday 02.02.2023 - 14.30 pm
Info Meet Up! Open consultation for studies abroad (English)
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Montag 13.03.2023 - 12.00 Uhr
Info Meet Up! Auslandsstudium – Bewerbung & Finanzierung (Deutsch)
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Monday 13.03.2023 - 13.30 pm
Info Meet Up! Study semester abroad – application & financing (English)
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Exchange Programmes
Study at a partner university

The SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences maintains partnerships with universities from Eastern Europe to North America. We are constantly expanding this network to offer you even more opportunities.

There are several advantages for you from this network:

  • in most cases no additional study and examination fees at the partner universities
  • comprehensive support during the application process
  • possible exchange with former SRH outgoers and current incoming exchange students via your university of choice
  • you are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ or PROMOS scholarship for your time abroad

How to apply? A guide. Step by step to the university of your choice

Selection process and nomination

Please download the Application form study abroad, fill in the relevant information and submit it together with the required documents (list on the last form page) to the International Office by the application deadline.

Application documents:

    - Application form (completed and signed)
    - current certificate of enrolment
    - current transcript of records                                                                                            (or Abitur certificate for applications from first-semester students)
    - proof of language skills (language of instruction at partner university)
    - letter of motivation (1-2 pages)

Places at the partner universities are limited. If the applications for a partner university exceed the number of available places, a selection process takes place.

These rules apply:

    - We consider applications received by the application deadline.
    - A semester abroad is intended to promote intercultural exchange. Therefore, we treat applications from students who want to go to their home country with lower priority (example: you are a French citizen and want to spend your semester abroad in Paris).

Each application can score a maximum of 100 points in the selection process (+20 bonus points). The score is made up of the following categories:

1. overall impression of the application (max. 25 points).
2. academic performance: Grade point average (max. 30 points)
3. language skills in the language of instruction of the host university (max. 30 points)
4. letter of motivation (max. 15 points)
5. bonus points: social and ecological commitment (max. 20 bonus points)

Detailed information on how the criteria are weighted can be obtained from the International Office.

Based on these selection criteria, an individual score is calculated for each student. Students with the highest score will receive a place at the university they named as their first priority in their application. After the place capacity for a university is exhausted, the applicant with a lower score will be given the second or third preference.

In case that two students with the same score would like to go to the same university, but there is only one place available, the A-level grade will be taken into account in the evaluation.

We will inform you as soon as you have been offered a place at one of our partner universities.

Step 2 of the application process follows.

As soon as you have received your official nomination for a place at the partner university, you can prepare your application documents for your host university. The respective partner university will inform you which documents you have to hand in and when are the deadlines.

If you compile the documents completely and submit them by the deadline, your application will usually be accepted by the partner university. Ultimately, however, it is the host university that has the final decision in the selection of its exchange students.

Course selection and confirmation of your courses
You must discuss your course selection with your programme director before your departure and have it confirmed on the Learning Agreement (a template can be obtained from the International Office or it can be completed digitally). Only with the confirmation of your programme director you can be sure that the ECTS you receive at the partner university are going to be recognized at SRH.

Often the course lists of the partner universities are only published after the application process, so it cannot be guaranteed that you will always find suitable courses. This occurs especially where specific courses need to be substituted.

Documents for your Erasmus+ or PROMOS scholarship
As soon as you have been accepted by a partner university, the International Office of SRH will send you an email with all information about the application process and the application deadline.

Further information about Erasmus+ and PROMOS funding can be found further down on this page.

Preparing for your stay abroad

Once you have been officially accepted by the partner university, you will receive an Acceptance Letter. Please send this letter to the International Office.

Now you can start the final preparations for your stay abroad:

- apply for a visa (if necessary)                                                                                                     

- arrange for sufficient insurance coverage for the host country (health, accident, travel and liability insurance)
- find accommodation
- make travel arrangements, etc.

You can also ask the International Office of your host university for advice on how to proceed.

During your stay abroad

If there are any changes in your course selection at the beginning or during your studies abroad, you must discuss these immediately with your programme director and have them confirmed on the Learning Agreement. This will ensure that your achievements from abroad will be recognized.

If it is already foreseeable that you will not be able to achieve sufficient ECTS in your study abroad (courses not passed, no course change possible), please contact your programme director immediately and discuss the options you have in order to still be able to achieve your outstanding achievements.

If for any reason (illness, accident, indisposition, etc.) you wish to discontinue your stay abroad, please contact the International Office and your programme director as soon as possible so we can discuss the next steps.

After returning from abroad

No later than 30 days after your last day of study abroad, you must submit the following documents to the SRH International Office:

- A written report (German/English, 2-4 pages, preferably with photos) about your study experience abroad including information about your preparations, accommodation search, courses at your host university, everyday life in your host country and a general feedback about your experience. The report may be made available anonymously to other interested students.
- Official transcript of records of the courses you have completed at the partner university abroad (will be issued by the host university, please also send it to the examination office for recognition).
- Erasmus+ and PROMOS funded students have to submit additional documents and will be informed by the International Office.

We would be happy if you are willing to share your experiences with other SRH students after your return.

Erasmus+ for study abroad

With an Erasmus+ grant, we can financially support your study abroad. Once you have received your acceptance letter from the partner university, you can apply for an Erasmus+ grant. An Erasmus+ grant does not have to be repaid.

Allgemeine Informationen zum Erasmus+ Programm findest du hier.

More on Erasmus+
  • be properly enrolled at one of the schools of the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences
  • have been accepted by a partner university of the SRH for a study abroad programme
  • have not yet received financial support during your current studies via Erasmus+ for more than 12 months

Since the new programme generation (2021-2027), financial support via Erasmus+ can be applied for not only within Europe (programme countries), but also for partner universities outside Europe (partner countries). However, the budget available for funding outside Europe in partner countries is much lower than for programme countries. The criteria we use to select for financial support outside Europe via Erasmus+ in Partner Countries can be found in the pdf document "Eligible Programme and Partner Countries & Funding Rates".

For financial support to study abroad at a partner university, we at the International Office have to make a selection depending on the budget available. You will receive information on the required documents as soon as the partner university has approved your application.

Here, in this pdf document, you will find an overview of the programme and partner countries for which you can apply for Erasmus+:

"Elegible Programme and Partner Countries & Funding Rates" (Downlaod)

Once you have been officially accepted at the partner university, you can apply for Erasmus+ funding. Please send the acceptance letter or the confirmation email of the partner university via email to the International Office. We will then contact you directly and send you all the necessary application documents.

The following documents must be completed and signed by you and the SRH before the start of your studies abroad:

- Grant Agreement (signed in original) (contract on funding period and amount, rights and obligations for funding recipients)
- Learning Agreement (digital) - course selection agreed in advance with the programme director
- Declaration of eligibility and prior participation
- Declaration of insurance coverage
- Safety instructions for Covid-19, if applicable
- Completion of OLS language test

As soon as the documents are complete, we can start the transfer of the 1st instalment of the Erasmus+ grant (70% of the total amount). The processing usually takes about 14 days. If you are unsure, please contact the International Office and ask whether the order for payment has already been made.

During your study abroad programme

If there are any changes in your course selection at the partner university at the beginning of or during your studies abroad, you must discuss these with your programme director and have them confirmed on the Learning Agreement. This will ensure that your achievements from abroad are recognised.

If you are unable to complete certain courses or if it is already foreseeable that you will not be able to achieve enough ECTS in your studies abroad, please contact your programme director immediately and discuss your options for completing the outstanding credits.

After your studies abroad

After you have completed your studies abroad, you must have your study period at the partner university confirmed on the confirmation letter. Please submit it to the International Office together with your transcript of records.

In order to receive the 2nd instalment of the Erasmus+ grant, you must have done the following no later than 30 days after the end of your studies abroad:

- Submit your experience report to the International Office
- Complete the EU Survey (link will be sent to you automatically by email)
- If necessary, take a second language test via OLS (Online Linguistic Support).

Once you have completed and signed all these documents and filled in the questionnaires, we can request the second instalment of your Erasmus+ grant. The transfer should not take longer than 14 days.

PROMOS for study abroad

PROMOS is a programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), administered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to increase the mobility of students from German universities. Funding is available for semester stays all over the world that are not eligible for funding under any of the structured DAAD programmes (e.g. Erasmus+).

More on PROMOS
  • be duly enrolled and pursuing a degree at one of the schools of the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences
  • be accepted by a host or partner university for a study abroad programme
  • study stay must be between 3 and 6 months long
  • have not yet received financial support via PROMOS for a total of 6 months

As soon as you have been officially accepted at the host or partner university, you can apply for PROMOS funding. To do so, please send the acceptance letter or the confirmation email of the host or partner university by email to the International Office. We will contact you directly and send you all the necessary application documents.

The following documents must be completed and signed between you and the SRH before the start of the study abroad programme:

  • PROMOS application form and all related documents
  • Original signed scholarship agreement (agreement on the duration and amount of funding, rights and obligations for scholarship holders)
  • If applicable, Learning Agreement - course selection agreed upon in advance with the programme director
  • If applicable, safety instructions for Covid-19    

As soon as the application documents are complete, we can make a selection between all applicants after the application deadline. You should receive the decision on acceptance or rejection no later than 4 weeks after the application deadline. The selection is made by a selection committee, which is composed of different departments of the SRH Berlin.

The PROMOS scholarship is a performance-based scholarship. Therefore, it is most important for your application that you convincingly present the qualifications you have achieved so far and the goals of your stay abroad. The selection committee will make its selection on the basis of the application documents submitted.

If you have been accepted for financial support through PROMOS, we can arrange for the transfer of the entire scholarship amount in accordance with the scholarship agreement. The processing usually takes about 14 days.

The funding rates of the PROMOS programme vary depending on the destination country.

Here you can find an overview of the funding rates for 2022.

Depending on the available budget and the number of applications, we weigh up for how long we can support you through PROMOS. We want to give as many students as possible the opportunity to receive financial support.

After completing your studies abroad, you are required to submit a confirmation letter for the duration of your studies abroad, a transcript of records of the host or partner university and an experience report.

Your financing options Scholarships for exchange programmes

Into the world as a free mover Tips for your individual study abroad

Of course you can also study at a university that is not a partner university of SRH Berlin. However, going abroad as a so-called free mover means more effort for you.

This step-by-step guide will help you with the planning:

First decide on the country or city where you would like to study. Look at the existing universities and choose the one that suits you best.

Make sure that the university of your choice is on the same level of quality and has the same academic standards as SRH Berlin. Make sure that the university is accredited (H+ status).

Contact the International Office at the university of your choice to find out about study abroad opportunities and requirements for foreign students. Ask for the application documents, course lists and course descriptions as well as the application deadline.

The courses you choose must be comparable to the courses you would choose at SRH Berlin at the same time (unless you are an AKM student). This refers to the course content and the credit points you receive for it. Compare the curriculum of your host university with the curriculum of the SRH Berlin to find out which courses at your host university come into question. Let your programme director/academic coordinator help you with this. Remember that the courses you take abroad will only be recognised towards your SRH degree if the courses have been confirmed by the SRH Examinations Office BEFORE the start of your semester abroad.

 

Submit your complete application directly to the host university before the application deadline.

Prepare your examination request and submit it to the Examinations Office. If you have any questions, please contact the Examinations Office.

Unfortunately, students who wish to go to a university that is not one of our Erasmus partner universities do not receive financial support through the Erasmus programme. If your host university charges tuition fees, you will be required to pay two sets of fees - both overseas and at SRH Berlin. However, you may be eligible for other financial support, for example the Auslands-BAFÖG.

As soon as you have completed your studies abroad, please send your transcript from the host university to the Examinations Office in order to convert your grades.

Your financing options Scholarships for a semester abroad as a free mover

Since there are no partnership agreements with SRH, you have to bear the costs of your semester abroad yourself, i.e. tuition fees abroad, living expenses and travel costs. Nonetheless, there are several other financing options, such as:

Your preparation General FAQs on studying abroad

When can I go abroad?

You can apply for a semester or year abroad from the 2nd semester onwards. Most programmes have a lead time of about one year and often start in the winter semester.

For Bachelor's students, the 2nd or 3rd academic year is the ideal time for a stay abroad. Master's students should discuss with their programme director when it would be best to arrange their time abroad.

For how long?

Depending on the (scholarship) programme and university, a semester abroad lasts between three and six months, a year abroad usually between eight and ten months. If you would like to study abroad for longer than one semester, the International Office will work with you to find out whether your chosen university offers a 2-semester stay.

At which universities can I study?

In principle, you can study at any university worldwide. However, we recommend that you choose one of our partner universities for your adventure abroad. We cooperate with many universities in and outside Europe.

Why? Because it saves you time, effort and money. For more information scroll down or click on the button.

I want to study at a partner university

Do I need a visa?

Whether you need to apply for a student visa depends on your nationality and the country you want to go to. As the visa regulations and application process vary from country to country, you should clarify as early as possible whether you need a visa or not. You can find information on the website of the embassy of your destination country. Please note that it may take several weeks or months to obtain a visa. In addition, you will have to wait for the confirmation of enrolment from your host university before you can apply for a visa.

To apply for a visa, you need a valid passport/ID.

Do I need health insurance for the country in which I want to study?

You are responsible for your own insurance coverage. Your health insurance coverage should be valid for the entire time you spend in the host country. European Union citizens who wish to study in another EU country should be insured through the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It is best to contact your health insurance company before your stay abroad to check whether you have sufficient insurance coverage.

We also advise you to take out valid accident and liability insurance for the host country, as well as travel insurance that covers repatriation. If you take part in the Erasmus programme, you can take out the DAAD group insurance at your own expense. The DAAD Group Insurance Scheme includes health, accident and liability insurance. You can find more information on the DAAD website.

Insurance via DAAD

How do I finance my stay abroad?

Studying abroad always costs more than studying in your home country. Flight tickets, additional international health insurance, expensive accommodation and living costs quickly exceed the limits.

Fortunately, there are various programmes that can help you finance (a large part of) the costs incurred:   

If you want to study abroad at an Erasmus partner university, you can qualify for an Erasmus scholarship. Further information on the application can be obtained from the International Office

More about Erasmus

What language skills are required?

In order to successfully complete the courses at your host university, you should have very advanced knowledge of the language of instruction. Most of our partner universities offer courses in English and language courses in the local language.  In addition, it is very useful if you have basic knowledge of the official language of the country. For example, if you want to study in France, you should brush up your French before you start. Some universities expect you to provide proof of sufficient language skills when you apply.

How do I select the appropriate courses at my guest university?

During the application process you will have to indicate which courses you would like to attend at your host university.

Basically, your courses should correspond to the courses you would take at SRH Berlin during this period. Compare the curriculum at the host university with your curriculum here to find suitable courses. Your choice of course must be confirmed by the Examinations Office and your head of study at SRH Berlin and the host university before your stay.

The Examinations Office helps

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