Application for an exchange programme

Academic Year 2022/23

The call for applications for participation in a student exchange programme during the academic year 2022/23 will be open as of 8 November 2021. The full list of places available at partner universities can then be found below (in German only).

Please check the semester dates and the course offer before you select a programme. For each exchange programme you will find an academic coordinator who will advise you on the study opportunities at the partner institution.

The programme list will be updated in the event of relevant changes and/or amendments during the application period. Changes and amendments will be marked in red.Please check the latest version before submitting your application.

Applications for up to two exchange programmes are welcome until 11 January 2022.

Application requirements

In principle, all Bachelor and Master students are eligible to apply for an exchange programme. Bachelor students should have completed the 1st year of study. Master students, who at the time of application usually cannot provide proof of academic achievements from their current studies, can also apply but will be accepted only subject to proof of sufficient academic achievements from the 1st semester.

International degree seeking students with a valid residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) for Germany can study in another EU country for up to 360 days if the residence permit for Germany is valid for the entire duration of the stay, a valid passport and health insurance for the host country are available and the living expenses in the host country are financially secured:

International students who are planning to study abroad outside of Europe should check the visa procedures of the host country before applying.

Only in exceptional cases and only upon consultation with the International Office and the programme coordinator you may apply for a programme that is not indicated for your major, as the subjects are often precisely defined in the cooperation agreements. This also applies if you are studying the subject indicated in the call for applications as a minor.

If not specified otherwise, your academic performance should have an average grade of at least 3.0. Knowledge of the respective language of instruction must be demonstrated at B2 level in English and at B1 level in all other languages. Students whose test results do not confirm sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction at the time of application can receive a conditional acceptance and must submit the necessary language certificate at a later date.

Application procedure

The application for an exchange programme has to be submitted online via an application portal. The access is to be found here.
The application form is active from 19 November 2021 to 11 January 2022.

Application deadline: 11 January 2022

Fill in the online application carefully and completely and submit it including the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation: up to 2 pages, relating to your 1st choice, usually in German
  • CV: in tabular form
  • University entrance qualification
  • University degree certificates (if applicable)
  • Academic record (actual extract of Qis - not applicable for 1st year graduate students)
  • Qis proof of registration for examinations
  • Certificate of language proficiency in the language of instruction for 1st and 2nd choice, issued solely by the Language Center (English B2; other languages B1, unless otherwise stated in the call for applications; further information under Proof of Language Skills)
  • Information on data protection and Declaration of consent (for 1st and 2nd request; each in the original):
    • All applicants: Declaration ALL (docx)
    • additionally for applicants for Non-EU (not Argentina, Japan, USA): Declaration Non-EU (docx)
    • additionally for applicants for USA: Declaration USA (docx)

Please check the final version of the call for applications before submitting your application and ensure that you have uploaded all required documents. Incomplete applications will not be processed!

Selection process

All exchange places will be awarded based on the following selection criteria:

  • completed first year of study (Bachelor)
  • excellent/good academic performance (there are special requirements for some exchange programmes - see list of exchange places)
  • adequate language skills
  • convincing motivation letter
  • extracurricular engagement
  • suitability as an Leuphana ambassador

The selection process will take place as follows:

In case of more exchange places than applications and upon approval of the academic coordinator, the selection will be made by the International Office based on the review of the submitted application documents (one-step procedure).

In case of fewer exchange places than applications or if requested by the academic coordinator, the selection will be made by the coordinator, possibly also on the basis of an interview (two-step procedure).

The exchange places will be allocated based on the qualification of the applicants. There is no legal claim on an exchange place at a partner institution.

Proof of language skills

In order to apply for an exchange programme, proof of sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction at the partner university is required; this applies to the first and second request. Sufficient language skills can only be verified as follows:

- Placement test of the Language Centre (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese), as recent as possible, but no more than 2 semesters old.
The test can be taken free of charge until 17 December 2021 during opening hours in the Language Centre's Self-Study Centre.
Please note that you will receive the certificate for the placement test for English by e-mail 2-3 days after the language test.
For French and Spanish, the written test will be supplemented by an interview with a lector. You will receive information about this from the tutors at the Self-Study Centre on the day of your test.

  • English only: If you have passed one of the following tests with a sufficient score, you can have a certificate issued by the Language Centre (deadlines until 17 December 2021 from Ms Kirschner)

    Bachelor students:
    - Internet-based TOEFL with at least 61 points
    - IELTS Academic Version with at least 4.5 points
    - Cambridge B2 First (formerly FCE test)
    - Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)
    - TOEIC Listening & Reading with at least 650 points
    - TOEIC Speaking & Writing with at least 280 points.

    Master students:
    - internet-based TOEFL with at least 85 points
    - TOEIC with at least 785 points
    - IELTS Academic Version 5.5 test
    - Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)
  • For French and Spanish: If you have successfully completed a French or Spanish course at the Language Centre in the last two semesters, you can have a certificate issued by Christophe Hohwald (French) or by María del Carmen Suñén Bernal (Spanish).

Please make an appointment until 17 December 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact the Language Centre.

Info sessions and counselling hours

Info sessions are expected to take place in the winter semester 2021/22 via Zoom. Individual and group consultations will probably take place in the rooms of the IO in building 14, dates and rooms will be announced here in good time.

Info sessions take place in German only. International students with insufficient German proficiency are welcome to apply. Please contact us directly for individual counceling.

Info sessions:

17.11.2021, 14-16 Uhr
Studieren an Partnerhochschulen: Ausschreibung der Austauschplätze, Bewerbungsverfahren, Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten, organisatorische Fragen
Zoom-Meeting-ID und Kenncode finden Sie im November hier.

08.12.2021, 14-16 Uhr
Studieren an Partnerhochschulen: Bewerbungsverfahren
Organisatorischer und zeitlicher Ablauf, Hinweise zu Bewerbungsformular und –unterlagen wie Motivationsschreiben, Nachweis ausreichender Kenntnisse der Unterrichtssprache, Auswahlverfahren etc.
Zoom-Meeting-ID und Kenncode finden Sie im Dezember hier.

10.12.2021, 10-12 Uhr
Studienbegleitende Auslandsaufenthalte: Alternativen zu Studienaufenthalten an Partneruniversitäten
Studienaufenthalte für „free mover“, Auslandspraktika, Abschlussarbeiten im Ausland, Fachkurse im Rahmen von internationalen Sommer- und Winterschulen
Zoom-Meeting-ID und Kenncode finden Sie im Dezember hier.

Präsentationen der Infoveranstaltungen finden Sie im Anschluss an die jeweilige Veranstaltung hier.

Group Meetings:

You will find dates and rooms here from October 2021.

You are also welcome to contact us via phone or e-mail.


Sandra Schnell
Study Abroad Administrator
International Office / C14.105

Eva Voßhagen
International Coordinator / Outgoing Students & Staff
International Office / C14.111b