Destination Abroad

As part of the Leuphana English teacher training program, students are required to complete a three-month study-related stay abroad in an English-speaking country (cf. Rahmenprüfungsordnung Lehramt (May 2018; §3a, Absatz 10) and Nds. MasterVO-Lehr, § 8)

In or­der for your stay to be re­co­gnis­ed, it nee­ds to be stu­dy-re­le­vant. That me­ans the stay abroad must al­low you to ex­pe­ri­ence the Eng­lish lan­gua­ge suf­fi­ci­ent­ly in its so­cio-cul­tu­ral con­text. Such a con­text enables you to re­flect upon what you have lear­ned about lan­gua­ge and cul­tu­re throughout your stu­dies in or­der to teach this to lear­ners.

Re­le­vant stu­dy-re­la­ted stays ab­road in the Eng­lish-spea­king world in­clu­de:

  • Teaching (school, university, informal educational settings)
  • Observing/shadowing a teacher (school, university, informal educational settings)
  • Studying at an English speaking university
  • Working/volunteering at an English speaking association, language course, organisation, business or company

When ar­ran­ging your stay ab­road, you must en­su­re that it is in an en­vi­ron­ment whe­re you will be ac­tive­ly using Eng­lish on a dai­ly ba­sis.

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Your Journey starts here

When studying English as a modern language, it is obligatory to complete a study-related stay abroad of three months. Organising your stay abroad can seem daunting at first. Which country should I choose? What kind of placement will work best for me - assistant teaching, a student exchange, a work placement?

These pages will give you an overview of the options available. You'll find useful information on how to start planning, plus a list of our numerous partner organisations that have welcomed Leuphana students before. Need some inspiration? Feel free to check out what students who've alredy completed their stay abroad have to say in our student experiences area.

The Process

Getting started is never easy. On the following pages we have listed what you have to do before, while and after you stay abroad to make sure you will get it recognised as study-relevant. More info...


You cannot find what you are looking for or have no idea what to do? We have a number of partnerships with institutions who have welcomed Leuphana students in the past. More info...

Internal log-in area

Search our internal log-in area reserved exclusively for students of Lehramt Englisch at the Leuphana. Use our interactive map to see where your fellow students have been on their stay abroad, learn of their experiences (also via direct contact) and get some potential placement contacts abroad! More info...


Student Experiences

Would you like to get in contact with students who already completed their stay abroad? Get a glimpse of their experiences in our videos and interviews here.

Additional Resources & Visa Information

You browsed the whole website and still don't have an idea what to do? Here is a list of useful agencies and websites that may just be what you were looking for. More info...

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions you cannot seem to find answers to? Check our Frequently Asked Questions for more info here.

Document Download & Questionnaire

Before leaving, get your stay abroad approved in the Destination Abroad office. After your return, be sure to get it recognised in the Studierendenservice. All the relevant paperwork can be found here.



Institute of English Studies
Universitätsallee 1, C40.307

Phone 04131.677-4109

Working hours:

Wednesday  15.00 - 17.00

Friday           13.00-15.00

Meetings only by appointment, please contact us by email in the first instance




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