When looking for a suitable exchange university, we recommend that you look at the courses offered by the partner universities and the conditions for choosing a course at an early stage. The following content of this page is aimed on the one hand at students who are in the decision-making process regarding their exchange university, on the other hand this information page addresses those students who have already received a place at a partner university.

For students who have already received a study place, it is necessary to determine the course selection for the semester abroad at the right time and have it checked. The students can find out when they choose a course during the IS:link consultation.

Learning Agreement

There is a Learning Agreement (LA) in order to ensure that the courses completed by students abroad are credited to the University of Duisburg-Essen. This includes i.a. The courses selected by the students, which are checked in two steps before the stay abroad: The first check is carried out by IS:link and the second by the examination board. Students must apply for the Learning Agreement in good time, although the time of application depends on when the LA is required. The information on the time by which the LA must be available can be found either in the consultation with IS:link or in the information from the exchange university.

The IS:link team must be contacted immediately in the event of changes in the choice of course (i.e. modifications to the learning agreement)!

Notes on course selection

Each partner university has a specialist focus, which is reflected in the selection of courses. The courses that students did not complete either in their bachelor's or master's degree can be taken abroad. Personal (specialist) interests and further study planning should also be taken into account when choosing a course.

When choosing a course, please note that only courses that are only approved for master’s students can be taken by the students. This is of central importance for eligibility. Courses that are also accessible to Bachelor students cannot be taken into account in the credit for Master’s students. Foreign courses that have already been completed with a similar content as part of the bachelor's or master's degree are also excluded from credit.

This means that when selecting courses, students must ensure that they choose courses whose subject matter they have not yet completed during their studies. As can already be seen from the legal anchoring of the study abroad, a maximum of five foreign modules with 6 ECTS each can be completed as part of the compulsory elective module.

After an individual examination, it is also possible to substitute German courses with foreign ones if these should not be counted towards the elective module. If certain conditions are met, there is always the possibility of 1:1 crediting. Interested parties can contact IS:link specifically with the course descriptions and the syllabi.

Notes on the Learning Agreement

In order to apply for a Learning Agreement, the completed Learning Agreement application form, the respective course descriptions (syllabi) of the partner university and a current proof of student achievement are required.

Step 1: Organisation of the document

Accordingly, the first step in applying for the LA is to organise the Learning Agreement document:

For students going abroad via IS:link, the Learning Agreement must first be downloaded independently by the students in the IS:link portal.

Since the IS:link portal is currently still in the test phase, access to the portal is not yet possible. The IS:link team will therefore send the Learning Agreement document to the student by e-mail.

Students going abroad for a semester via Erasmus can obtain the Erasmus Learning Agreement from the International Office. Status July 2020: The Erasmus LA can be downloaded from the International Office website.

Step 2: Course selection and research of course descriptions (Syllabi)

Courses can be selected according to the indications (a). In addition to the course list, a current performance record of the student and the course descriptions (syllabi) of the partner universities are required for the application for the Learning Agreement.

Step 3: Consultation regarding the choice of course

To prepare for the application interview with IS:link, students should bring the course list with the respective syllabi digitally to the interview. During the counselling interview, students benefit from the many years of experience of the IS:link team, which can match the student's courses with a reference list. In addition, in-depth questions about course selection can be clarified and discrepancies in the choice of course can be pointed out before the course is examined.

Step 4: Completing and sending the LA

After the counselling interview and can the Learning Agreement now be filled out by the students and forwarded to IS:link with the necessary documents.

For this purpose, students send their completed LA including the current performance record and the syllabi of the respective courses by e-mail to IS:link.

Step 5: First examination by IS:link

Thereupon, a preliminary review by IS:link takes place. In the course of this, it is possible that there may be small changes in the courses in the event of discrepancies and the Learning Agreement is filled in by the students in a modified form and sent to IS:link.

If the Learning Agreement passes this preliminary examination, it is forwarded to the examination board for the second examination.

Step 6: Feedback

Once the document has been reviewed by the examination board, IS:link contacts the student(s). The approved LA will be sent by IS:link to the student by e-mail.