In order to start the semester abroad, the students have to apply for a place at a partner university. There are several application procedures, depending on whether a study place at the foreign university of your choice via IS:link or the Erasmus + program is individually more suitable. With the first application process, students apply to IS:link. If you apply via Erasmus, this must then be done via the International Office. Another application process is the direct application to the respective university (step 4).

Regardless of whether the study place is ultimately obtained through IS:link or Erasmus abroad, it is necessary that all students apply to IS:link.

Application with IS:link

If students want to apply for a study place via IS:link, they need access to the IS:link portal, where the necessary documents for the application are uploaded.

Application has to be submitted in the moodle course. Applications that are send by email can not be taken into account.

Due to limited study place allotments, it is mandatory to indicate six desired universities in the application! Due to the different nomination deadlines of the foreign universities to be considered, the students are bound by the IS:link application deadline.

The application deadline for stays abroad in the academic year 2021/22 (winter semester 2021/22 and summer semester 2022) was 25.12.2020.

The application process for the remaining Erasmus places and IS:link places will be reopened at a later date. Information will follow at a later date.

The application can only be considered if it includes all the necessary documents.

Necessary documents

For the application via IS:link the following documents are required, which must be submitted by email to IS:link:

  • Advisory information signed by the student
  • Proof of achievement (for students who have obtained their bachelor’s degree at another university and, in general, students in the 1st master’s semester, the bachelor’s certificate with transcript must be submitted as proof of performance)
  • current curriculum vitae
  • Passport photo
  • Letter of motivation (max. 3 pages)

Applications that are incomplete or submitted after the deadline cannot be considered.


Notes on the letter of motivation

A letter of motivation is a discussion in which the students explain their motivation and personal suitability for the semester abroad. In the focus of the letter, the motivation for choosing the three desired universities should be clearly and convincingly presented. A successful letter of motivation is characterized by the fact that, in addition to naming academic advantages, it also creates a link between the individual biography and the potential of studying abroad for the respective student. In order to allow sufficient space for the written execution of individual factors, the letter should have a length of 1.5 to a maximum of 3 pages (Arial 11 or Times New Roman 12, justified with automatic hyphenation with a line spacing of 1.5 and the preset margins "Normal" in Microsoft Word). In addition to formal and content-related criteria, language accuracy is also taken into account. The letter of motivation must be in letter form! Here you can find instructions on how to do this.

Selection process

The IS:link network has various contingents of study places available from various cooperation partners. It is therefore possible that the number of interested parties is greater than the number of places available at the university of your choice. A selection process was therefore introduced that takes into account both academic performance and individual motivation. The allocation of places at the partner universities is based, on the one hand, on the performance of the students and, on the other hand, on the letter of motivation, in which the personal backgrounds and motivations are evident. In contrast to the “first come first served” principle, this procedure offers students the same chance of getting a place at the university of their choice abroad by the application deadline.

As soon as the application documents have been received, IS:link will review them and discuss which study place option is individually suitable. The students are then either released for application via Erasmus or (for a study place via IS:link) the o.g. Selection process for the allocation of IS:link study places opened.

Then the study places will be allocated by IS:link. Students who are assigned a place at a partner university by IS:link are obliged to officially accept or reject this place by email. The nomination of the students at the partner university takes place only after the official acceptance of the study place.


Nomination received, now what?

As soon as the students have been informed about which university they have been nominated for, it is a matter of precisely planning the study abroad, especially the composition of the courses.

Once the nomination has been completed, the respective partner university will contact the students to inform them about the next steps.