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Exchange Students & Free Movers

Would you like to spend some time abroad at the University of Bayreuth? If so, we would be happy to welcome you to the University of Bayreuth. You can

  • join us as an exchange student within the framework of a contractually agreed exchange programme (e.g. via ERASMUS+, Bilateral University Exchange)

  • or as “free mover” (a student not covered by an exchange programme)

for a period of one or two semesters.

  

Exchange

Nomination as an exchange student at the University of Bayreuth Hide

Before you can apply to the University of Bayreuth, you first have to go through an application and selection process at your home university.

This guide to the nomination process explains the most important steps for the coordinator at your home university.
For the nomination, please only use the Nomination Form.
Other forms of nomination cannot be accepted.

Once you have been selected, your home university will nominate you as an exchange student at the University of Bayreuth.

We will then send you all the information you need about the application process by e-mail.

Nomination period:

  • Winter Semester: 1 April to 1 May
  • Summer Semester: 1 October to 1 November

We ask for your understanding that nominations submitted outside these deadlines cannot be accepted.

Applying to the University of Bayreuth as an exchange studentHide

Once we have confirmed your nomination by e-mail, please upload your application documents via the MoveOn application platform.

Online application form for exchange students

You will need the following documents to complete the application form:

  • a copy of your proof of identity (passport, ID card)
  • a passport photo
  • the confirmation completed and signed by your coordinator
  • an (official) transcript of records
  • if applicable, a language certificate (please note our language requirements)
  • ERASMUS students only: your provisional Learning Agreement (signed by you and your home university).

If your home university requests that the learning agreement be signed by the University of Bayreuth, please contact the relevant academic coordinator responsible for your subject area.

Please note: the International Office cannot sign for your course selection.

Application period:

  • Winter Semester: 1 April to 15 May
  • Summer Semester: 1 October to 15 November

If you are unable to meet the deadline, please contact us immediately.


Semester dates, deadlines and important datesHide

Winter Semester:

  • Start and end of the semester: 1 October - 31 March
  • Nomination deadline of the home university: 1 May
  • Application deadline for students: 15 May

Summer Semester:

  • Start and end of the semester: 1 April - 30 September
  • Nomination deadline of the home university: 1 November
  • Application deadline for students: 15 November

Other important dates, for example the beginning of lectures or registration deadlines throughout the academic year, are available here.

Free Mover

Exchange studies without a bilateral programmeHide

As a free mover you also have the opportunity to spend a semester or year abroad or carry out an internship at the University of Bayreuth without an exchange programme.

The prerequisites are as follows:

  • You are a student enrolled at a (non-German) university
  • you have a written confirmation of supervision or an internship contract from a research group at the University of Bayreuth. In order to obtain confirmation of supervision, please directly contact the research groups in your field of study.

Applying to study at the University of Bayreuth as a free moverHide

As soon as you have received the confirmation of support or the internship contract, please upload your application documents via MoveON.

Please have the following documents ready when filling out the online application form:

  • a copy of your proof of identity (passport, ID card)
  • a passport photo
  • the enrolment certificate from your home university or the confirmation completed and signed by your coordinator,
  • an (official) overview of your academic achievements to date (Transcript of Records)
  • if applicable, a language certificate (please note our language requirements)
  • a letter of acceptance from a professor at the University of Bayreuth or your internship contract (signed by you and the supervising professor).

EnrolmentHide

Please contact the University of Bayreuth‘s Welcome Services to initiate the enrolment process.

General Information

Term dates at the University of BayreuthHide
  • Winter Semester: 1 October to 31 March
  • Summer Semester: 1 April to 30 September

Other important dates throughout the academic year can be found here.

Language requirementsHide

The main language of instruction at the University of Bayreuth is German. In order to be able to follow the teaching content effectively, you will need to have German language proficiency at the B2 level.

You will also need B2-level language skills for English-taught courses.

The University of Bayreuth accepts the following internationally recognized language certificates as proof of language proficiency:

For German:

  • Goethe Certificate, at least B2
  • TestDaF, at least 12 points, but no area below 3 points
  • Telc, at least B2

For English:

  • TOEFL, at least 75
  • IELTS, at least 5.5
  • TOEIC, in listening at least 400 points, in reading at least 385 points

If you are not a native speaker, please make sure to upload the relevant language certificates with your online application when applying for the following degree programmes:

  • Study of Religion: language certificate, German or English
  • Law: language certificate, German or English
  • English Studies: English language certificate
Selecting coursesHide

The current university calendar is always published shortly before the start of the semester.
Students who wish to select their courses beforehand (e.g. for the Learning Agreement) should refer to the course catalogue of the corresponding semester from the previous year. Once the actual courses have been announced, the courses can be changed and adapted accordingly.

This guide will help you to find the courses you are looking for.

A separate list of courses held in English can be found here.

Dormitory applicationHide

If you wish to be accommodated in one of the student dormitories, please fill in the online dormitory application after you have received your letter of admission. The regional Association for Student Affairs (SWO) is responsible for allocating rooms in the student dormitory. As soon as a room is assigned to you, SWO will contact you.

Unfortunately, the International Office cannot guarantee a place in a dormitory. However, there are several other ways to find adequate and affordable rooms or apartments. Detailed information on finding a flat in Bayreuth. Further information and tips for your stay in Bayreuth.


Language courses at the University of BayreuthHide

The University of Bayreuth offers an intensive fee-based German course (A1 or B1/B2) two weeks before the start of the lectures. For more details, please contact Welcome Services.

Once you have enrolled, you will be able to take language courses at the University of Bayreuth’s Language Centre. Registration is carried out via CAMPUSonline.

Further information and useful tips for your stay can be found on the pages of the Welcome Services.


Webmaster: Anette Haas

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