Application for an exchange programme

Academic Year 2024/25

The call for applications for participation in a student exchange programme during the academic year 2024/25 can be downloaded below from 06.11.2023. The call provides information about the available programmes for the respective study programmes/subjects and faculties. Changes during the call period will be marked in red. Please check the latest version before submitting your application.

For each programme you will find an academic coordinator who will advise on the study opportunities at the partner university. Please visit our data base of exchange programs for fact sheets and reports of former outgoings.

Please check the course offerings and semester dates of the host university before you select a program.

We look forward to receiving your application for up to two exchange programmes by 09.01.2024!

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 apply with their bachelor’s degree certificate or transcript but will receive conditional acceptances until they have provided evidence of the results achieved in their 1st semester.

Participation in an exchange programme is not possible in the student‘s home country/country of citizenship.

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.

Students with Major Studium Individuale can apply for all programmes that are offered for their individual field of study. In general, applications for teacher training programmes with English as a teaching subject (Lehramt/Unterrichtsfach Englisch) are not accepted.
If not specified otherwise, your academic performance should have an average grade of at least 3.0. Knowledge of the respective language of instruction should be proven at the time of application (see Proof of Language Skills below).

International Degree Seeking Students

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, they have a valid passport and proof of health insurance for the host country and the living expenses in the host country are financially secured:

International degree-seeking students from non-EU countries with a student visa and a valid residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) issued by the Lüneburg authorities can leave the country for a maximum of 6 months, provided they obtain the prior consent of the Ausländerbehörde. After that, the residence title expires and in case of a later entry, they have to apply for a visa again at a German Embassy abroad. The conditions for the granting of the residence permit remain unchanged, i.e. a valid proof of financing must also be submitted for the period of stay abroad.

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

Participation in an exchange programme is not possible in the student‘s home country/country of citizenship.

Application procedure

The application for an exchange programme has to be submitted online via an application portal. The access is to be found here in November.

The application form is active from 13 November 2023 until 09 January 2024 (23:59).

Application deadline: 09 January 2024

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

  • Letter of motivation relating to your 1st choice (up to 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Current proof of enrollment
  • University degree certificates (if applicable)
  • Transcript of Records (myCampus) record - not applicable for 1st year graduate students)
  • Proof of registration for examinations (myCampus, only in case of missing grades)
  • Certificate of language proficiency in the language of instruction for 1st and 2nd choice, (see Language Center)
  • Information on data protection and Declaration of consent (for 1st and 2nd request; each in the original):
    • All applicants: Declaration ALL
    • additionally for applicants for Non-EU (not Argentina, Japan, USA): Declaration Non-EU
    • additionally for applicants for USA: Declaration USA

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)
  • academic performance (please note: there are special requirements for some exchange programmes - see call of applications)
  • language skills (language of instruction)
  • motivation letter
  • volunteer work
  • 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

For information on how to prove your language skills please visit the website of the Language Center.

Info sessions

The International Office offers the following information sessions during the call phase. Dates and locations will be added here in October. The presentations will be available for download here after the events.

  • Studieren an Partnerhochschulen: Ausschreibung der Austauschplätze, Bewerbungsverfahren, Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten, organisatorische Fragen (in German, presentation for download in English)
  • Studienbegleitende Auslandsaufenthalte: Alternativen zu Studienaufenthalten an Partneruniversitäten (in German)
    Studienaufenthalte für „free mover“, Auslandspraktika, Abschlussarbeiten im Ausland, Fachkurse im Rahmen von internationalen Sommer- und Winterschulen
  • Study at Partner Universities: Application, Financing, Organisation (for international degree seeking students, in English)
  • Get Together: Meet returnees who spent a semester abroad and international incoming students currently spending a semester at Leuphana University! (German/English)
  • Studieren an Partnerhochschulen: Bewerbungsverfahren (in German, presentation for download in English)
    Organisatorischer und zeitlicher Ablauf, Hinweise zu Bewerbungsformular und –unterlagen wie Motivationsschreiben, Nachweis ausreichender Kenntnisse der Unterrichtssprache, Auswahlverfahren etc.
  • Auslandspraktika
    Unterstützungsangebote an der Leuphana, Erasmus Mobilitätsprojekt MIX IT: Förderung von Praktika in Europa, Praktikumsprogramme des DAAD (in German)

Office hours

Open office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-12.30 p.m. in C14.112

Of course, you are also welcome to ask us your questions by phone or e-mail.
For academic advice, please contact the relevant programme coordinator (see call for applications).


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Sandra Schnell
Study Abroad Administrator
International Office / C14.110

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

Open office hours: Tue & Thu 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and by telephone arrangement