Studying abroad as a freemover (AKA „visiting student“ or „guest student“)
Every student may apply at a university of his or her choice irrespective of wishing to study there for a semester or seeking a full degree. This may be the way to do it if the exchange programs of the home university do not provide what you are looking for or you have not been admitted.
The down side of studying abroad as a Freemover is that you will have to pay tuition fees which, depending on the country, may be rather expensive! Check if you are eligible to apply to one of the scholarships provided by the DAAD, a PROMOS scholarship or other options of funding. You may find information about more scholarships here.
Steps to take on your way to study abroad as a Freemover:
- Start your research about universities abroad quite some time ahead of your stay abroad
- Find out about application deadlines and what documents to submit (e.g. proof of language proficiency)
- Consider your financial resources and research scholarships and other options of funding
- Gather necessary documents (certificates, transcripts etc.) and/or certified translations
- Find out early on about the courses on offer at potential host universities and discuss with your subject coordinator which courses or modules you should take and check with them and the Prüfungsamt (examination office) if/what credits can be transferred. These may be recorded in a Learning Agreement.
- Check whether you will need a visa.
Wearefreemover.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.
You may find lists of universitites worlwide as well as information about countries and their education systems in the Länderinformationen of the DAAD (in German only).
The website of the BMBF/DAAD-Initiative "studieren weltweit - ERLEBE ES!" provides testimonials and further advice for freemovers (in German).
Study abroad agencies provide free support for freemovers applying to one of their partner institutions:
Australia / New Zealand:
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