The first step into the semester abroad is up to you: You should think about which partner university is suitable for you. The awareness of what you want for your stay abroad is the basis of the obligatory IS:link consultation (step 2).
There are basically three options for students to find their way to study abroad:
For all three options it is necessary to contact IS:link. In the overview of the partner universities you can see which universities cooperate with Erasmus and/or IS:link, as there are differences in the further procedure depending on the option.
Each partner university has its own specialist focus, which is reflected in the choice of courses offered. Therefore, you can also take courses abroad, in particular, in areas that you have previously neglected during your studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. However, your personal (professional) interest should also be taken into account when choosing a university.
Please note, however, that the respective subject areas must also be offered at the partner university for Master students: For example, if you need courses from the Department of Business Information Systems, you should consider partner universities where master courses in the Department of Business Information Systems are actually offered. If you are interested in courses from the Department of Economics, you should check whether your potential partner university offers courses on this subject. Please note that the courses you are considering are exclusively for Master students. This is of central importance for the crediting of the courses. When doing your research, you should therefore make sure that the partner universities that come into question for you offer courses from your chosen subject area that are offered exclusively within the framework of the Master's programme. Courses that are also open to Bachelor students cannot be taken into account for crediting to Master students.
If a practical orientation abroad is important to you, you should also take this into account when choosing your subject area and university.
In addition, you should also consider the climatic conditions of the country. For example, if you have health problems due to extreme heat, a stay abroad in a subtropical or tropical zone would be suboptimal. If you suffer from allergies, sensitivities, fears and/or phobias, it is also advisable to find out about the native species of animals in the countries.
Many students combine the semester abroad with a trip to the respective country. Please note the different semester dates: The start of the semester varies from country to country, as do the examination periods.
Therefore, you should think about central questions before the counselling interview at IS:link. The decision for a suitable partner university depends on your individual interests, wishes and needs. The following guiding questions, which you should answer personally for yourself, will help you make a decision. The guiding questions designed for preparation are the basis for the personal consultation and can be found on the portal.
Bachelor students who are interested in studying abroad can also contact IS:link directly.Go to Step 2