Studying abroad

Studying in Europe

Through the Erasmus programme, you can receive funding for an exchange semester or year at one of the UDE's 200 partner universities in Europe.

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Studying worldwide

Through each faculty’s international cooperation agreements, you can spend one or two semesters at one of UDE’s 120 partner universities worldwide.

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Self-organised study abroad

Have you not found a suitable partner university? You can study for one or two semesters at a university of your choice as a visiting student.

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Search portal

Using the search portal, you can get an overview of all our current exchange cooperations.

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organisational matters

Why should I study abroad?

Experiencing university life in a different country, strengthening your personal intercultural skills and improving your language skills – all of these soft skills you will gain are valued highly by potential future employers! For many courses, it is even obligatory to complete a stay abroad or a semester abroad.

When shoukd I start to plan?

If you want to study abroad, you need time to organise and plan it. We recommend starting your planning between a year and a year and a half before you intend to go abroad.

Which countries can I even study in?

Essentially all over the world! You can find a list of all of UDE’s partner universities here. Is the country or university you wanted not on the list? Then a self-organised study abroad period might be something for you. We’re happy to advise you.

What kind of costs should I expect?

If you go abroad via one of UDE’s exchange programmes, there are no tuition fees to be paid at the foreign university. If you organise a study abroad period yourself at a university of your choice, you should expect to pay tuition fees. These can be varying amounts according to the country. You can find an overview of tuition fees in Europe here and of tuition fees worldwide here (in German).

As a rule, you should expect higher costs for studying abroad than for studying at UDE. Travel expenses, health insurance, student accommodation – how can all these costs be covered? The good news is that there are a lot of financing options: an Erasmus place automatically comes with a grant, tuition fees up to the amount of €4600 can be financed via BAföG grants for studying abroad, and the University’s own grant programmes PROMOS and DUE-Mobil are available for financing a (self-organised) study period outside of Europe. You can find further information on financing options here.

Further information and points of contact

International Office

Here at the International Office, we actively support students in planning and carrying out a study period abroad. Our services include regular consultation hours, advisory meetings and information events where any open questions can be resolved.


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UDE's going abroad ambassadors

Our volunteer international mobility ambassadors support students on all courses with planning stays abroad, as well as sharing tips and tricks for how to organise and make the most of your stay abroad. And all from one of your own peers! If you still have questions or need inspiration, then you’re in exactly the right place!

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DAAD's "Studieren weltweit"

On the DAAD’s (German Academic Exchange Service) ‘Studieren weltweit’ website, you can find lots of information on the topic of stays abroad. Here you can gather inspiration and information from their correspondents who send updates straight from their host countries.

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Get involved in UDE's international community

At UDE, there’s a whole range of options if you want to get involved internationally. Do you already know about the buddy programme , where UDE students help make starting at UDE easier for international exchange students? Perhaps you’re also interested in refreshing your language skills with a language tandem? You can find an overview of where and how you can get involved here. And the best thing: if you get involved in UDE’s international offerings and develop your intercultural skills, you can receive the Certificate of International Competence.

Fancy a chat?

Contact & consultation


Campus Essen

Ira Terwyen
Tel.: +49 (0)201 183 2032



Campus Duisburg


Verena Heuking
Tel.: +49 (0)203 379 4493

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