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Study visit to a non-European country

Global Programme

With regard to non-European countries, there are many partnerships and cooperation agreements with universities in North, South, and Central America, as well as Africa, Asia, and Australia. Students have the opportunity to attend lectures as a visiting student for one or two semesters. Many partner universities offer exchange students at least a reduction in tuition fees or even full tuition waiver. Fee reductions always refer to tuition fees only. Among other things, administrative fees may have to be paid. Further details can be found on the homepage of the host university.

General tips and tricks for studying abroad can be found in the DAAD brochure.

Partner universities for student exchangeHide

Under the following link you can find the University of Bayreuth’s partner institutions.

That interactive map - called Publisher - is the most important research tool for exchange opportunities within the University of Bayreuth.

All information we have about univeristies is provided for you in that. You can find academic term dates, websites, fact sheets, accomodation options and our as well as the guest universities exchange requirements.

Further you can find travel reports from former exchange students in the Publisher and gain insights from their experiences.

  • You are enrolled as a regular student at the University of Bayreuth.
    Exchange students are not eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ programme.
  • There is a contract between the University of Bayreuth and the host institution.
  • You have already earned at least 20 ECTS points (the BA is sufficient for MA students).

Please note that the above points are requirements of the International Office. Your department may have defined further admission requirements.

Language requirementsHide

Sound knowledge of the language of instruction is crucial for the success of a stay abroad and must already be demonstrated at the time of application for an exchange place in the University of Bayreuth's programmes. 

The exact language requirements for your application in our exchange programmes can be found in the information on the individual universities in the MoveOn Publisher.

In addition, we have summarized the most important information on the topic of language certificates.

Application deadlinesHide

Applications for a place in the Global Programme usually have to be submitted about 1.5 - 1 year before the planned stay.

The following deadlines must be observed:

  • 1 December (main round with announcement of all places for the WS and SS of the following academic year).
  • 15 February (public round of remaining places with announcement of all vacant places for the WS and SS of the following academic year)
  • 15 July (public round of remaining places with announcement of all vacant places for the SS of the following academic year).

Applications outside of these deadlines are only possible for the tuition fee-reduced Study Abroad options.

Application and selection processHide

1. Please apply using the appropriate application form.
Make sure to upload all documents correctly and use the template for your letter of motivation.

2. The Presidential Advisory Board for International Affairs at the University of Bayreuth decides on the selection of applicants.


3. The International Office will offer you a place at a partner institution. You decide whether to accept the offer.

4. UBT’s nomination for study at the partner university is only a suggestion and requires the final approval of the partner university. Please note that UBT nominations may be rejected by the partner institution at any time for various reasons.

5. Please apply to the partner university in due form and time.


6. Once you have received the Letter of Acceptance from the partner university, you can start planning your stay. Please note the information on general safety precautions in your host country.

For assistance in writing your motivation letter, contact the Writing Center at the University of Bayreuth.

If you apply but do not receive a place in the first round, you can apply for remaining study places in the following application rounds.

You can find a more detailed description of the application process under the tab "General application process"

Certificate of Advanced Intercultural AwarenessHide

We offer all participants in the exchange programme the opportunity to acquire a Certificate of Advanced Intercultural Awareness. There are many ways to ensure that future generations of students can start their semester abroad with the best possible information.

In order to receive the certificate, the following must be completed:

  • Feedback interview in the International Office directly after returning from abroad
  • Participation in the International Day (WS) or Homecoming Event (SS)

In addition, one of the following must be completed:

  • Giving a presentation at one of the information sessions
  • Posting to the International Office’s Instagram

If you have any questions on this topic, please do not hesitate to contact the Outgoing Team:

The Certificate of Advanced Intercultural Awareness is now also part of the Language Centre's Certificate of Intercultural Mediation Competence.

Further information on the Certificate of Intercultural Mediation Competence can be found here.


As a rule, the contracts with the partner institutions mean that tuition fees at the universities are waived. Among other things, administrative fees may have to be paid. Further details can be found on the homepage of the host university.

Some universities offer a reduced Study Abroad Option, which reduces tuition fees.

Information on additional financing options can be found under the "Financing tab.

Study abroad optionsHide

Unlike the regular universities in the global programme, study abroad options do not involve a tuition waiver, but only a reduction in tuition fees. Students are accepted at the host universities not as exchange students, but as so-called "study abroad students".

This currently applies mainly to universities in Australia.

The advantage of these options is that it is not a competitive allocation of places, but that all students who meet the requirements of the host university can participate in the programme. In addition, our space allotment here is not limited, which also makes it easy to plan joint stays.

No language or performance-based eligibility is assessed when applying for study abroad options. You can find more detailed information under the tab "general application process for a semester abroad".

For study abroad options, we will assist you in contacting the university and will make your nomination. This will ensure that you receive the agreed reduction in tuition fees.

Afterwards you will be informed about the application process at the host university and we will provide you with support.

Important documents for your study visitHide

Document templates

Please note:
If you need an English translation of your Transcript or Degree Certificate, please use our template to complete the translation yourself to the best of your ability. Submit the original and the translation to our translator Daniel Mook for review (ZUV, Room 0.11.4).

Transferring credits for courses completed abroadHide

The International Office is not responsible for the transfer of credits you earn while you are abroad. The procedure differs from study programme to study programme. Usually you go to your programme coordinator, or to the specific professor.

If you receive support from Promos, you must always complete a Learning Agreement. You will have to complete at least 20 ECTS points (or the equivalent) at the host institution. In principle, it is advisable to take on the same level of coursework at the host institution as local students.

Some departments have developed a procedure for the crediting of foreign academic achievements.
Information on the crediting models can be found here.

Short visits - Summer / Winter SchoolsHide

Summer / Winter Schools offer you the opportunity to gain experience abroad during a short stay at a foreign university. The application, organization, and financing of the stay is the student’s own responsibility. They are not included in the Erasmus+ programme. An overview of the most important facts about short stays can be found in the DAAD brochure.

Summer / Winter Schools usually take place during the semester break, allowing them to be easily integrated into the general course of studies. ECTS points can often also be earned during Summer / Winter Schools.

In our 'Current Information' section we publish current offers for Summer Schools, Winter Schools and language stays abroad.

Reading about the experiences other students have had can help you make your own decision about where to spend your time abroad. Here you can find the Personal reports.

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