Why should you study abroad?
The Department of Information Technology encourages and promotes a study-related stay abroad for students. There are many reasons why studying abroad makes sense. Even if the individual motives vary, there are some reasons that are mentioned again and again.
Deepening one's knowledge of foreign languages
Students who communicate in a foreign language every day for a longer period of time learn the language faster, more efficiently and more easily than in a language course in Germany. Through the daily contact with native speakers, the oral language competence can be perfected, foreign language seminar literature and written examinations consolidate reading and writing competence. Learning the technical vocabulary in another language can be an advantage for later professional life. English is the corporate language of many international companies. It goes without saying that you should speak English with the person you are talking to on the telephone or write your e-mail in English. Foreign language skills are indispensable for a career.
Getting to know another culture expands one's horizon. Anyone who dares the adventure of studying abroad and leaves his comfort zone will return with a mature personality. Being on your own in a foreign environment may seem frightening at first. Most foreign universities do a lot for the well-being of their international students. They usually offer a wide range of leisure activities to make it easier for international students to settle in and make contact with fellow students.
Acquisition of important personal skills
During their studies abroad, students acquire and develop soft skills. These key competencies not only serve personal development, but are also in demand from potential employers. The main focus is on
- intercultural competence,
- ability to communicate and constructive criticize,
- self-organisation and self-confidence,
- tolerance for frustration,
New perspective on one's own field of study
Those who study in another higher education system encounter new teaching methods and can compare these with the methodology of their home university. In addition, one gets to know differences in content to studying in Germany, for example, other study focuses. These are related to the respective country, region or culture.
International team experience
Studying abroad means working with students of other nationalities. This experience is especially useful for those who are looking for a career in international companies or organizations. Working together with foreign clients or partners is part of their daily routine. Those who have the necessary experience are particularly interesting for such employers.
Those who go abroad to study benefit from the many different people they meet there. Whether professors, fellow students, employers, colleagues or other people. All these contacts can be a great help in terms of friendship and professionalism and can be cultivated further.
Studying at a high level
Many foreign universities have more financial resources than is the case in Germany. As a result, the general conditions for studying are often much better. This can be seen, for example, in
- the premises,
- the technical equipment,
- the opening hours of the library,
- the size of the learning group.
Advantages for your CV
The fact that studying abroad can have a positive effect on future job opportunities should not be underestimated and is therefore another important reason. In an internationally oriented business world, employers attach great importance to international experience and sometimes even make it a prerequisite for employment. The career entry is often facilitated and also for the later career a study stay abroad can be useful. In most cases, advancement to higher positions is quicker. The salary is also sometimes higher than for applicants without experience abroad.
Partner universities of the Department of Information Technology
Jyväskylän Ammattikorkeakoulu (JAMK)
Tampereen Ammattikorkeakoulu (TAMK)
Högskolan i Jönköping
Universidad de Jaén
Universitat de Lleida
Universidad de Zaragoza
Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Glasgow
Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas
Technicka Univerzita v Liberci
Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)
Yeungnam College of Science & Technology
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
National University of Singapore (NUS)
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN)
Tec de Monterrey (ITESM)
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Contact persons for study-related stays abroad
ALL Contact Persons at a Glance
- The International Office provides support in advance for study-related stays abroad.
- The International Officers of the Department of Information Technology provide advice on the selection of examinations at foreign universities.
- The head of the internship office of the Department of Information Technology advises on the selection of an internship abroad.
The first point of contact when planning a study-related stay abroad is the International Office.
It offers the following services:
- Information events for planning studiess abroad
- Organisation and coordination of study semesters at partner universities abroad
- Advice on scholarships and other funding opportunities for study and internship semesters abroad
- Preparation for selection interviews with scholarship providers
- Direct processing of scholarship applications
- Events and information exchange with international exchange students in the context of of the "International Friends" Programme
- Seminars for Intercultural Business Etiquette
- Advice for free movers who wish to spend time abroad at a university, which is not a partner university
Institut for foreign Languages of the INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
The Institute for Foreign Languages of the International Office offers numerous language courses and issues required language certificates.
Contact Persons in the Department of Information Technology
Officers of studies abroad
The officers of studies abroad are responsible for the international affairs. They are the contact persons for the choice of subjects at the partner university, sign the "Learning Agreement" and are responsible for the recognition of academic achievements abroad.
Stays abroad outside of Europe
Stays abroad in Europe
The head of the internship office supports you in planning and organising an internship semester abroad.
Further Information about → studies abroad.