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Outgoings - Study-related stays abroad

Since companies in Germany and abroad demand not only specialist qualifications but also social and intercultural competence, foreign language skills and a preparedness to work abroad, the faculty recommends that its students undertake at least one study-related stay abroad during their degree programme. Course credits which are earned during study semesters spent abroad at partner universities can be recognised when the course content agrees with that at Esslingen and when the faculty approves.

Our faculty cultivates several university cooperations.

On the homepage of the International Office, you will find reports by Esslingen students on their experiences during a semester abroad and the short film "Hochschule Esslingen goes out!"

Planning and preparation

For your stay abroad to be successful, you should start your planning and preparations at an early stage, particularly in relation to any grants you may wish to apply for.

There are several options to integrate a stay abroad into your time at university:

  • Study for a semester at a partner university
  • Study for a semester as a so-called “free mover” at a university abroad which is not one of our partners
  • Internship abroad
  • Final project abroad
  • Attend a summer school

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences supports you in the planning and execution of a study-related stay abroad.

Your contact partners within the University

International Office (IO)

The International Office provides various types of support, including:

  • Information events on planning semesters abroad
  • Organisation and coordination of semesters of study at partner universities abroad
  • Advice on grants and other funding options for studying and doing an internship abroad
  • Direct processing of various grants
  • Preparation for selection interviews with funding providers
  • Events with international exchange students as part of the “International Friends” programme
  • Intercultural seminars
  • Free mover advice

Institute of Foreign Languages

The Institute of Foreign Languages offers numerous language courses and issues language certificates.

The person to contact within the faculty is

International programme coordinator in the faculty:

The international programme coordinators are responsible for the international affairs of the faculty. They are the people to contact when it comes to choosing your subjects at the partner university, they sign the “Learning Agreement” and are responsible for recognising any credits earned abroad.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Schmidt