Application for an exchange programme

Academic Year 2021/22

The call for applications for participation in a student exchange programme during the academic year 2021/22 will be open as of 27 November 2020. The full list of places available at partner universities can then be found here (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 14/01/2021.

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.

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 11 December 2020 to 14 January 2021.

Application deadline: 14 January 2021

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 (English B2; other languages B1, unless otherwise stated in the call for applications)
  • Information on data protection and Declaration of consent (for 1st and 2nd request; each in the original):
    • All applicants: Declaration ALL (docx) (to be found here soon)
    • additionally for applicants for Non-EU (not Argentina, Japan, USA): Declaration Non-EU (docx) (to be found here soon)
    • additionally for applicants for USA: Declaration USA (docx) (to be found here soon)

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:

  • completedfirst 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 right on an exchange place at a partner institution.

Proof of language skills

Adequate knowledge of the language of instruction (first and second choice) can only be proven as follows:

You will receive certificates for French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese directly after the test has been graded. Certificates for English (Oxford Online Placement Test, OOPT) are sent to you by test operator via e-mail 2-3 days after taking the test.

Placement tests that have already been taken will be accepted as long as they are not older than 2 years ago at the time of application.

English only: If you have completed one of the following tests, not more than 2 years ago, and with a sufficient number of points, you can ask for a certificate issued by the Language Center (dates up to 07.01.2021 with Lynette Kirschner (

Bachelor students:

  • internet-based TOEFL from 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:

  • an internet-based TOEFL test from 85 points
  • a TOEIC test with at least 785 points
  • an IELTS Academic Version 5.5 test –
  • a Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

For French, Italian and Spanish: If you are attending or have already successfully completed a course at the Language Center, you can receive a certificate for French and Italian from Christophe Hohwald ( and for Spanish from Nuria Miralles Andress ( or María del Carmen Suñén Bernal (  (max. 2 semesters old). Please make an appointment no later than 07.01.2021.

Info sessions and counselling hours

Info sessions and counselling hours will be held via Zoom only during the winter term.

The dial-in data for all zoom meetings will be published here approx. 1 week before the respective dates.

In German only. International students with insufficient German proficiency are welcome to apply. Please contact us directly for individual counceling.

Info sessions:

02.12.20, 14:00-15:30
Studieren an Partnerhochschulen: Ausschreibung der Austauschplätze, Bewerbungsverfahren, Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten, organisatorische Fragen

09.12.20, 14:00-15:30
Bewerbungsverfahren: organisatorischer und zeitlicher Ablauf, Hinweise zu Bewerbungsformular und –unterlagen wie Motivationsschreiben, Nachweis ausreichender Kenntnisse der Unterrichtssprache, Auswahlverfahren.

Termine Gruppensprechstunden:

Gruppensprechstunde Zoom: Fragen zur Ausschreibung Dienstags, 10-11 Uhr
    •    01.12.2020
    •    08.12.2020
    •    15.12.2020
    •    05.01.2021
    •    12.01.2021
Zoom-Meetings beitreten: hier
Meeting-ID: 915 5879 1984
Kenncode: 520823

Termine Get Together:

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Dienstag, 05.01.2021, 15-16 Uhr

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Get Together Erasmus & SEMP Outgoings Fakultät Kultur
Mittwoch, 06.01.2021, 15-16 Uhr

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Get Together Erasmus & SEMP Outgoings Fakultät Nachhaltigkeit & Individuale
Donnerstag, 07.01.2021, 15-16 Uhr

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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