Stays Abroad


Many students want to spend time abroad during their studies. A stay abroad not only offers a change from everyday German university life, but above all many advantages for future life and career.

Improve language and social skills

In addition to the theoretical knowledge that is taught at a university abroad, the practical skills that can be acquired during an internship abroad, the improvement of language skills, the expansion of social competences and the international and intercultural profile speak in favour of a stay abroad.

ISK helps with the organization

The ISK recommends that bachelor's students spend a period of time abroad, ideally in the form of an internship abroad during the semester break, so that they can complete their studies within the standard period of study. Therefore, the ISK offers all necessary assistance within its possibilities. However, the organization also requires a lot of initiative, patience and at least half a year of preparation. Thus, you can acquire intercultural skills and at the same time gain practical experience in professional life without missing a semester at university.


Information about the Erasmus program

Students who are interested in an Erasmus semester can apply for an Erasmus scholarship at one of our partner universities:

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, short NTNU, in Trondheim, Norwegen
  • Radboud University in Nimwegen, Niederlande
  • University of Tampere in Tampere, Finnland

If more applications are received in an academic year than there are scholarships available, the academic achievements of the applicants will be used as the award criterion. For students of technical communication, only grades in the major subject communication science will be considered.

Crediting of credits, selection of events

If you have decided on a university abroad, you should select courses that can be recognized at RWTH Aachen University. For this purpose, please check the module contents at the partner university and the RWTH Aachen University. The selection of courses will then be reviewed together with the ISK's Coordinator for International Affair and, if necessary, with the subject study advisor of the minor subject.

Application process

Students can apply for up to three partner universities by indicating their priorities. The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • Tabular curriculum vitae in German and English
  • Letter of motivation in German and English from the partner university; a separate letter of motivation must be submitted for each university
  • Grade certificate of the Central Examination Office
  • Proof of knowledge of the language of instruction, for example a school leaving certificate attesting five years of English lessons, or proof of successful language testing by the language centre
  • where appropriate, proof of the level of language proficiency required by the partner university.
    In Tampere this is B2 or C1, in Trondheim B2, in Nijmegen B2 or C1.

After expiry of the application deadline, the exchange places will be allocated. For this purpose, a ranking of all applicants will be drawn up. The ranking will be created according to the following criteria. Subordinate criteria will only be considered as priority criteria if they have the same rating.

  1. Average grade of the study achievements so far
  2. Progression, which means target credits to actual credits
  3. Letter of motivation and curriculum vitae; which means: visual impression, examination of the offer of the host university, professional and extra-curricular motivation, integration into your own studies, completeness