Freemover / Visiting Student - Organize your stay abroad outside an exchange program
Every student may apply to study at a university abroad, as a guest/visiting student for 1 or 2 semesters or as a degree seeking/international student wishing to graduate from that university. If you want to be independent from restrictions of programs, your home university does not have a cooperation with the host institution you would like to attend or your application for an exchange program was not successful, this may be the option for you. Start your research about universities abroad quite some time before your stay abroad so that you won't miss any important deadlines.
Pros and cons
Important steps on your way to becoming a freemover:
Some useful websites:
Wearefreemovers.com is a privately run website of a former freemover which provides a lot of advice and a list of many universities worldwide that are open to freemovers (in English).
StudyPortals offers data bases for Bachelor and Master programs all over the world as well as scholarships for studying, internships and research abroad (in English).
The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a vast data base of information on all countries, their universities and admission regulations as well costs of living in their Länderinformation (in German only). A lot of information on study conditions in different countries as well as links to funding opportunities can be found on the websites of studis-online.de (in German only).
More advice and testimonials of former freemovers can be found on the website of the BMBF/DAAD-Initiative "studieren weltweit - ERLEBE ES!" (in German only).
There are several organizations that help students wishing to study abroad as a freemover in their endeavor to find the right host university all over the globe. All of the organizations below are free of charge for students. The language of instructions of most of the programs is English.
Australia / New Zealand:
Australia / New Zealand / Canada:
Australia / New Zealand / USA / South East Asia:
For all funding from German organizations: Check carefully whether you are eligible to apply. Some funding is only available to German citizens or other restrictions may apply.Freemovers may apply for the DAAD-PROMOS (for one semester) or DAAD-Jahresstipendium (for a whole academic year) and check for other ways of financing their stay abroad (Auslands-BAföG, Stiftungen etc.). Links see below.
Eligible students may apply for Auslands-BAföG. Important: If you receive Auslands-BAföG, €4.600 will be paid towards tuition fees (which will not have to be paid back).
As soon as you know what university you are going to apply for:
We are asking all students going abroad as freemovers to register in our mobility software Mobility Online, so that we have the possibility to connect them to other students who are going to study in the same city, forward country specific information and contact them in case of a crisis. Registered students will have the opportunity to apply for a „Letter of Permission“ in their account, a document that is required by many universities for freemover applications. They will also receive more general information regarding studying abroad and an alumni certificate upon completing the semester abroad successfully.
In case of problems regarding the online registration, please send an email to email@example.com. Thank you!
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