6 reasons for a semester abroad

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A semester abroad is still a good indication for potential employers that you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, embrace new experiences and broaden your own horizons. At the same time, it indicates flexibility, open-mindedness and tolerance.

The personal and professional benefits that can be gained from a semester abroad are therefore numerous:

  1.     Discover your own subject from a new perspective.
  2.     Improve your foreign language skills.
  3.     Making international contacts.
  4.     Adding value for future employers.
  5.     Growing self-confidence and independence.
  6.     Getting to know life and everyday life in another country.

FHWS has over 180 partner universities around the world. The Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems has agreements with universities in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Among others, these include Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom and multiple partner universities in Scandinavia with whom the cooperation is particularly close.
For example, every year during the International Teaching Week, lecturers from all over the world are guest lecturers at FHWS.

If you want to get a better feeling of what a semester abroad at one of these universities looks like, feel free to read experience reports from former exchange students here (German only).


Applying for a semester abroad

Options to go abroad: Semester abroad Are you interested in a semester abroad during your studies? We have summarised the 6 most important organisational steps for your semester abroad. 1. get in touch with your international affairs officer. 2. apply online for the exchange at the partner university of your choice at the International Office 3. apply for the stay at the partner university. 4. prepare all your documents for the Erasmus+ funding, including the learning agreement, insurance and scholarship. 5. anticipation and travel preparations. 6. departure. Any questions? The International Office team will be happy to help you by phone, in person or by email.

There are a few things to keep in mind when applying for a semester abroad at a partner university. In addition to the deadlines to be met (applications for the following winter semester: 31 January, applications for the following summer semester: 31 July), the following steps must be taken.

You must:

  • Have consulted with your faculty's international affairs officer and have obtained his/her approval.
  • Have registered in the MoveOn portal.
  • Have uploaded the documents listed in the portal for the nomination.


All detailed information and deadlines regarding the application for a semester abroad can be found on the website of the International Office.