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Mobility

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With the support of the International Office, you can spend one or two exchange semesters in a European or non-European country.
Information on the application process, programmes, and application requirements can be found in the following sections:

General application processHide

step-by-step instructions:


Preparation:

You will find an overview of all partner universities with which there are agreements for the exchange of students on our website. Please read the Instructions for using the MoveOn Publisher to find a suitable university. The MoveON Publisher also links to the website of each university, where you can find information about course selection options. Under "study reports" you will find personal reports from Bayreuth students who have already studied there.

Applying via MoveOn:

Register using the relevant application form, together with your personal information, and upload your documents in the corresponding fields. You can access your application again and again until the application deadline, however, incomplete applications cannot be considered after the application deadline!

You will need to submit the following documents:

  • 1 Passport photo
  • Transcript of records (current grade print-out via CampusOnline; for master’s applicants who have not yet completed 20 credit points, the bachelor’s certificate is accepted)
  • Language certificate
  • Letter of motivation (Your letter of motivation should address the following questions: Why do you want to work/ study at this particular place? Why do you want to visit this particular country? What would you like to learn, and how does this fit in with your goals and plans in life? How would you like to represent the University of Bayreuth during your time abroad? Your letter of motivation should be around one page in length( line spacing: 1.15; font size: 12)
  • brief CV (up to one page)

Submitting your documents:

You must submit your printed application to the International Office by the relevant deadline.

Global (ZUV 1.81):

  • Application PDF (generated via MoveON, first three pages, personal data) + letter of motivation

Erasmus (ZUV 1.89):

  • Print and submit all documents.

Selection process and decision:


1st Round:

The University of Bayreuth's Presidential Advisory Committee for International Affairs, which consists of professors from the various faculties, the Vice President for International Affairs, student representatives, and representatives of the International Office, decides on the suitability of the applicants.
For the Erasmus applicants, the representatives of the relevant degree programmes decide on the distribution of available places.

The Presidential Advisory Committee for International Affairs usually meets in December, allowing decisions for the first selection round to be sent to the students before Christmas. The selection process carried out by the Erasmus representatives usually takes a little more time, meaning that decisions concerning Erasmus applications are sent out in January or early February.

If you are not allocated a place in the first selection round, you still have the opportunity to apply for further selection rounds.

2nd Round:

Together with their letter of denial, unsuccessful applicants are sent a list of remaining places that is only accessible to applicants who were not successful in the first round. To be considered in the second round, your documents must be submitted by 1 December!

3rd Round:

During the semester break, usually in March, remaining places are advertised, for which all students can apply again.  Up-to-date information is published on the International Office homepage and the Facebook page.

4th Round:

During the semester break, usually in July, the last remaining places are advertised (only for the summer semester in the following year).

Your nomination + applying to the host institution:

A confirmation of the nomination by the University of Bayreuth does not yet mean a legally binding confirmation for the semester abroad!  The International Office nominates successful applicants for the host university, which can then request further documents from the applicant.  You should not worry about applying for a visa and buying flights until the host university issues a Letter of Acceptance. Nominations are made in periods specified by the host university. For the winter semester you can usually expect a reply in March/April, for the summer semester in August/September.

Learning Agreement:

In any case, you will create a Learning Agreement to be signed by representatives of the International Office of the University of Bayreuth and the host university. At least 20 ECTS points (or the equivalent from overseas) are required per semester. As a rule, you will draw up your Learning Agreement before your departure.

General Information:

Erasmus and global applications may be submitted at the same time, but you must decide on one, at latest when you are accepted to a host university in the global area. If you accept, you will withdraw from the selection process for Erasmus. 

Personal reports:

You are expected to submit your personal report to the International Office right away once you return. You will find a template on the International Office's homepage (under "Documents"). Such reports are read by students planning their semester abroad. Therefore, it is particularly important to include not only academic tips but also everyday life and processes such as applying for a visa, finding a place to live, etc.  We especially appreciate personal reports that include photos.
As an alternative to the personal report for "global study abroad (at least two pages in length), you can submit a short video. In the video should address the point mentioned above for around two minutes.

GlobalHide

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. Further information can also be found under the headings "Cooperation" and "Application Process".

ErasmusHide

Erasmus+ (2014-2020), the European Union's new programme for education, training, young people, and sports, was launched in January 2014. Under the familiar name ERASMUS, the programme line for higher education will continue to support stays abroad for students, doctoral researchers, teaching staff, and non-scientific staff in Europe and worldwide. The programme thus helps establish a European Higher Education Area as part of the Bologna Process. Requirements for the ERASMUS+ Programme include a valid ERASMUS Charter for Higher Education and the commitment provided with a ERASMUS Policy Statement. The programme thus helps establish a European Higher Education Area as part of the Bologna Process.

The ERASMUS programme currently covers 28 countries and 319 universities: all EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Turkey. ERASMUS cooperation agreements are subject-specific exchange agreements. Here you will find information on the ERASMUS cooperation agreements in the individual subject areas.

Important: as of 2014/15, Switzerland no longer participates in the ERASMUS+ programme. However, it is possible to study abroad in Switzerland. Grants for study visits to one of our Swiss partner universities are provided by the host university using funds from the Swiss government. For further information, please contact the host institution. Study abroad applications for Switzerland are still processed by the ERASMUS+ representative responsible for your subject area.

Equal opportunities is a topic that is at the heart of the Erasmus+ programme. The NA DAAD is also concerned about this equal treatment of disabled recipients. The National Agency has been supporting the mobility of participants with disabilities in the Erasmus programme since 1999.

Students who are supported by Erasmus+ and travel abroad with their child/children can also apply for a monthly allowance via their university.

If you are interested in the Erasmus+ programme, you will find additional information under Studying: General Application Process, FAQ`s Erasmus+ SMS and Internship. 

Teaching staff and non-academic staff members will find information on requirements for the Erasmus+ programme under Instructor and Staff Mobility. 

Under the links below, you will find Erasmus+ videos explaining the history of Erasmus and other interesting topics:

Free MoversHide

If you would like to study at a university that has not concluded a partnership with the University of Bayreuth, or if you have not received a place through the award process of the International Office, you can still organize your semester abroad independently. To do so, you must apply to a foreign university as a so-called "free mover".

Please note that high tuition fees are often incurred abroad which are not waived for you as a free mover. Tuition fees vary from country to country and university to university. Please refer to the homepages of the relevant institutions. There are, however, several ways to finance a semester abroad as a free mover.

Even if you go abroad as a free mover, the International Office will be happy to offer you guidance and support.

Language skillsHide
Transferring credits from abroadHide

Please note that the International Office is not responsible for credit transfer. 
The procedure differs from study programme to study programme. Usually you go to your programme coordinator, your Erasmus departmental coordinator, or to the specific professor. 

In any case, a learning agreement is mandatory. You will have to complete at least 20 ECTS points (or the equivalent) at the host institution. How much of that will be transferred is of secondary importance for the International Office. During your stay abroad, you should represent the University of Bayreuth in a positive light, and you will thus be expected to take as many classes as the local students.

Internship

The International Office offers you the opportunity to apply for financial aid for your internship abroad.

Internship in Europe (SMP)Hide

In the EU, a self-organised internship in a company or other institution can be supported for at least 60 days via the ERASMUS Mobility Internship Programme. Information on the application process and grants is available here

Please note that the International Office does not arrange internships for students. Offers are occasionally posted on the Facebook page. The official Platform for Internships Abroad offers a wide range of internship opportunities.

You can also find valuable tips on finding an internship in the brochures "Wege ins Auslandspraktikum" and "DAAD-Auslandspraktikum".

If you are interested in the programme, please contact Ganna Poliakova

Under the following links, you will find Erasmus+ explanatory videos on the subject of internships in other European countries:

Internship outside of EuropeHide

Outside the EU, a self-organised internship in a company or other institution can be supported via the PROMOS programme and various DAAD funding programmes.
Please note that the International Office does not arrange internships for students. Offers are occasionally posted on the Facebook page.

You can also find valuable tips on finding an internship in the brochures "Wege ins Auslandspraktikum" and "DAAD-Auslandspraktikum".

Personal reportsHide

Below you will find a selection of personal reports for various destinations and programmes of study.

Within Europe

Belgium

German Studies, Master WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
International Economics & Development, Bachelor WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
Law, State Exams SoSe 2017 (DE)
Business Administration and Engineering, Bachelor SoSe 2017 (DE)

France

Business Administration, Bachelor SoSe 2017 (DE)
Global Change Ecology, Master SoSe 2018 (DE)
Media Culture & Media Economy, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)
P&E, Bachelor SoSe 2017 (DE)
P&E, Bachelor WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)
Sport, Business and Law, Master WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)

Greece

Biodiversity & Ecology, Master SoSe 2018 (DE)

Great Britain

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)
Biochemistry, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)
Business Administration, Master WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
Genetics, Master SoSe 2018 (DE)
P&E, Bachelor SoSe 2018 (DE)
Theatre & Media, Bachelor WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
Business Administration and Engineering, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)
Business Administration and Engineering, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)
Business Administration and Engineering, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)
Business Administration and Engineering, Master WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)

Ireland

International Economics & Development, Bachelor WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
Materials Chemistry and Catalysis, Master WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
Polymer Science, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)

Italy

Business Administration, Master WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)
Geo-Ecology, Master WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
Culture & Society, Bachelor SoSe 2018 (DE)
Theatre & Media, Bachelor WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)

Croatia

Environmental Engineering, WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)

Luxemburg

Business Administration, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)

The Netherlands

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)
P&E, Bachelor WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)
P&E, Bachelor SoSe 2017 (DE)

Poland

Law, State Exams WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)

Scotland

Polymer Science, Master WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
Polymer Science, Master WiSe 2016-2017 (2) (DE)

Sweden

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Master SoSe 2018 (DE)
Biology-Biochemistry, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)

Spain

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)
Business Administration, Bachelor SoSe 2016 (DE)
Business Administration, Bachelor SoSe 2018 (DE)
International Economics & Development, Bachelor WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)
Materials Science & Engineering, Master WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)
P&E, Bachelor WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)
P&E, Bachelor WiSe 2016-2017 (2) (DE)
P&E, Master WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)
Sport, Business and Law, Master WiSe 2017-2018 (DE)
Business Administration and Engineering, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)

The Czech Republic

Media Culture & Media Economy, Master SoSe 2017 (DE)

Hungary

International Economics & Development, Bachelor WiSe 2016-2017 (DE)

Lecturer and Staff Mobility

The International Office offers scholars and staff members the opportunity to go abroad by way of cooperation agreements with foreign institutions. Funding is available for certain exchange visits.

Teaching Staff Mobility (STA)Hide

The Teaching Staff Mobility programme enables visiting lectures to be carried out at one of the University of Bayreuth's ERASMUS partner universities. Guest lecturers should strengthen the European dimension of the host university through their stay, complement its range of courses, and impart their specialist knowledge in the spirit of internationalisation on campus to students who will not or cannot study abroad. Where possible, the development of joint study programmes at partner universities should play a role, as should the exchange of teaching content and methods (STA).

The following basic requirements must be observed:

  • Duration: 2 days - 2 months (not including travel time).
  • Teaching load: at least eight hours per visit or per commenced week.
  • If teaching activities are combined with continuing education and training activities, the teaching load is reduced to four hours per week.
  • Requirements: possession of a valid ERASMUS Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), a valid ERASMUS+ higher education agreement for teaching staff mobility at the institutional level (inter-institutional agreement).  Information on existing agreements can be obtained from the ERASMUS coordinators in the International Office. If there is not yet an agreement with the university at which you wish to teach, please contact the International Office. If the host institution is interested, an agreement can often be signed on short notice.
  • Receiving EU funding from multiple sources is not permitted.

A combination of teaching and research activities is possible if the minimum teaching load is completed.

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Professors and instructors in a contractual relationship with the university
  • Instructors who are not paid
  • Adjunct teaching staff
  • Professors emiriti, retired instructors
  • Research associates

Please note: The applicant's citizenship does not play a role, as long as he or she is employed by the University of Bayreuth. Stays in countries in which the sponsored person has his or her main residence cannot be financed.

Staff from foreign companies and organisations may be invited to the University of Bayreuth for teaching purposes (STA 2). If you would like to invite colleagues from partner universities to Bayreuth, they must apply for ERASMUS+ funding at their home university.

If you are interested in the programme, please contact Sabine Paez.

Applications are submitted via the International Office (required documents can be found under Teaching Staff Mobility). All documents should be submitted to Sabine Paez at least one month prior to your departure.

Under these link, you will find Erasmus+ explanatory video on the subject of teaching staff mobility:

Staff Mobility (STT) / Mobility for the purposes of continuing education and training (STT)Hide

The mobility programme for continuing education and training purposes promotes the professional development of university instructors and other university staff via continuing education measures abroad (except for research projects with a direct link to research and conferences) and through internships at a partner university or at corresponding institutions abroad.

Who is eligible for funding?

University staff and trainees from all areas (e.g. general and technical administration, libraries, departments, finance, international offices, public relations, student advising, technology transfer, continuing education)

Please note: The applicant's citizenship does not play a role, as long as he or she is employed by the University of Bayreuth. Stays in countries in which the sponsored person has his or her main residence cannot be financed. You can only be awarded funding once in a given academic year.

What can be funded?

Training visits at universities, educational institutions, or companies in other European countries (all EU member states, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey). This can be either a visit of an individual to a partner university (with an individual work plan) or participation in group training events at partner universities (e.g. International Staff Week).

  • Duration: 2 - 8 weeks.
  • Objective of the programme: Insight into the same or similar fields of work at universities and companies in other European countries, acquisition of intercultural and subject-specific skills, improvement of foreign language skills.

Requirements for funding:

  • being in contact with the host institution and organizing your stay in coordination with the International Office;
  • agreeing to a work or training plan with the host institution in consultation with the International Office;
  • the endorsement of the ERASMUS+ stay by the superior in coordination with the International Office.

Funding is not awarded for participation in scientific conferences.

For stays at universities, an ERASMUS+ cooperation agreement between the universities (unlike the mobility programme for teaching purposes) is not absolutely necessary. You are not limited in choosing a host institution. However, it is often easier to contact partner universities. Information on existing ERASMUS agreements can be obtained from the ERASMUS coordinators in the International Office.

If you are interested in the programme, please contact Sabine Paez.

Applications are submitted via the International Office (required documents can be found under Staff Mobility). All documents should be submitted to Sabine Paez at least one month prior to your departure.

Under these link, you will find Erasmus+ explanatory video on the subject of personnel mobility:

Summer Schools

Below you will find a list of links to summer programmes offered by our partner universities. If you have any questions about the programme or registration process, please contact the relevant partner university directly.

Outside of EuropeHide
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