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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)
  • 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

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)
  • 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).

Semester dates, deadlines and important datesHide

Winter Semester:

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

Summer Semester:

  • Start and end of the semester: 1 April - 30 September
  • 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.

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.

Admission requirements:Hide
  • Official nomination: students must be officially nominated for the exchange programme by their home university.
  • Student status: to be eligible to apply for the exchange programme, applicants must currently be enrolled as students at the home university.
  • Academic Background: the exchange programme must be in coherence with the study programme at home university (i.e. a student from Biology cannot join the exchange programme for Law students).
  • Language requirements: there are language requirements (German/English) that apply to some study programmes (please see “language requirements” listed below).
Language requirementsHide

In general, we recommend all international students to have at least a B2 level language proficiency in English or German (depending on the language of instruction). This way, we want to ensure that all students will be able to follow the lectures taught. However, it is only required to upload a language certificate with the application for the following three programs at the University of Bayreuth: 

  • Study of Religion (German or English)
  • English Studies (English)
  • Law (German or English) 

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
EnrollmentHide

Please contact Welcome Services at Bayreuth University to begin the enrollment process.

Selecting coursesHide

The current course catalogue 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.

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 accomodation alternatives can be found here.

Further information and estimated living costs can be found here

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.


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