• Why do I have to go abroad?
  • I have been abroad before. Do I have to go again?
  • What does 'study related' mean?
  • Is it possible to spend the first study-related internship "SPS I" abroad?
  • When is the best time to go?
  • What if my stay abroad overlaps with the beginning of the new semester?
  • Can I take a semester off (Urlaubssemester) when going abroad?
  • Can I stay less than three months or split my stay?
  • In which countries can I complete my stay abroad?
  • I want to study abroad. Is that possible?
  • Studying abroad: How do I choose my modules?
  • Does the placement have to be in a pedagogical or school environment?
  • Where can I get financial support?
  • How do I get my stay recognised?
  • I am a native speaker. Do I have to go abroad?

Why do I have to go abroad?

According to §8 Master-Verordnung (MaVO) of the state of Lower Saxony as well as the RPO of Leuphana University, teacher training students who study a modern language must complete a study-related stay abroad:

  • Where a modern foreign language is being studied, a three month study-related stay abroad must be completed in a country in which that language is an official language.
  • The stay abroad must be completed during/between the Bachelors or/and Master's degree.
  • A completed stay-abroad before one's studies cannot be taken into account.

The full German-language text of the regulation is available under the following link:
Masters Degree Regulation

I have been abroad before. Do I have to go again?

Yes. The Masterverordnung specifies that the stay abroad must be completed during the Bachelors/Masters degree. Stays that have been completed before will not be recognised.

What does 'study related' mean?

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. A stay abroad in which primarily German is spoken will not be recognised. Search our internal log-in area for further information and placement opportunities.

Is it possible to spend the first study-related internship "SPS I" abroad?

Yes, you can combine your stay abroad and your first internship in school.

When is the best time to go?

There are a number of possible time slots that we recommend. We ask you of course to consider the demands of your other subjects in planning when you go abroad: 

a)    During SPS 1 (first teaching practice):
It is possible to do your SPS 1 abroad. This way, you "kill two birds with the one stone", completing your SPS 1 and your stay abroad requirements simultaneously. Plus you get an insight into the school system of another country.

b)    For Lehren & Lernen: After the 4th semester and before the 5th semester: SPS 2 (2nd teaching practice) is done after the stay abroad.

c)    For GHR-300 students:
In between the second and the third semester (right after your internship) may be suitable depending on the Projektband which you are taking. From the point of view of the modules you have to take, it is a suitable term. We advise you to speak to your professors/ lecturers to come to constructive solutions. The fourth semester is also possible from the point of view of the modules you have to take. However, please note that this is the semester in which you are obliged to write your Masters thesis. 

d)    Between your Bachelor and Masters Studies. You need to be matriculated during this time.

 

If you choose to study at a university abroad, there are particular time slots that the university recommends:

a)    For Bachelor students: The 5th semester

b)    For Masters students: The 3rd semester

PLEASE NOTE: In some second subjects, a certain sequence of modules must be adhered to. If, as a result of your stay abroad, you cannot comply with these regulations you must submit a formal request to the Prüfungsausschuss in order to be granted an exception.

What if my stay abroad overlaps with the beginning of the new semester?

The maximum number of weeks that will be accepted in the Institute of English Studies is 3 weeks. This should be discussed with course instructors in advance. It is up to the discretion of other institutes to approve any reductions. Please talk to individual instructors.

Can I take a semester off (Urlaubssemester) when going abroad?

You can not take a semester off (Urlaubssemester) when doing your study-related stay abroad.

Can I stay less than three months or split my stay?

The three months must be completed in one block. Exceptions in the form of two blocks (2 x 1,5 months) may be granted if at least one of the stays abroad is a study-relevant stay in a school environment. Such exceptions must be discussed with the Destination Abroad office prior to the first stay abroad.

In which countries can I complete my stay abroad?

You may complete your stay abroad in any country in which English is an official or a de facto language.

(Note: If you study abroad it is not sufficient if your courses are held in English but the country's official language is not English (e.g. Sweden, Turkey). English needs to be spoken in an official capacity.)

I want to study abroad. Is that possible?

Yes, studying abroad at a university in an English-speaking country meets all requirements for the stay abroad.

The International Office (IO) is the best place to go if you are interested in studying abroad. They will help you with organisational questions, the application process for university placements and the assistant teaching programme. There is also information about internships abroad on the website, though not specifically tailored to English language students.

Studying abroad: How do I choose my modules?

When studying abroad, you should choose the modules you think are suitable for your course of studies and okay them with Irina Pandarova. If you have any difficulties taking these courses when you get there, then choose alternative courses and okay these again with Irina Pandarova. The procedure happens in the framework of a learning agreement. This document gives you the security that the modules that you choose will be accepted by us. The learning agreement is provided by the International Office. The whole procedure is explained in detail on their website.

Does the placement have to be in a pedagogical or school environment?

No. The main question is, whether the placement fulfills the requirements of being study-relevant. It does not have to be in a pedagogical or school environment, although this might be a great opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to practice. Please note that it is possible to carry out your SPS I abroad.

 

 

Where can I get financial support?

For tight students budgets, the International Office (IO) is the best place to inquire about possibilities of financial support for international internships or studies. They might even help you to fill out the necessary forms.

⇒ Additionally: Check out the new DAAD scholarships for Lehramtsstudierende

How do I get my stay recognised?

After your stay abroad, bring originals of the required documents to the Studierendenservice for approval and recognition.

The required documents are:

  1. Confirmation of your activities and the duration of your stay abroad from your employer/the university/the language school 
  2. Completed form "Agreement Stay Abroad" (needs to be signed BEFORE your stay abroad)
  3. Proof of completed "Questionnaire Destination Abroad"
  4. Completed form "Certificate of Completion"

 Please bring originals of all documents!

I am a native speaker. Do I have to go abroad?

Yes. The Masterverordnung applies to all students equally.