Spending Time Abroad
Learn more here about requirements for a period abroad, exchange programs and resources for studying or working abroad. The English Department strongly encourages all students to spend a semester or more abroad during their studies.
LAB students with an English
component must spend a minimum of three months working or studying abroad in an English-speaking country in order to complete their program. Students may choose to study abroad (one or two semesters or a summer study program) or work abroad (part-time, full-time, paid or voluntary work) in a country in which English is an official language and the work/activity undertaken is conducted in English. Students must document their study or work abroad (with certificates, a letter from their employer, etc).
See the Downloads section below for a link to the regulations for this immersion period abroad (ImPA Policy).
LuS students are required to spend a minimum of six weeks abroad in order to complete their program. Students may choose to study abroad (one or two semesters or a summer study program) or work abroad (part-time, full-time, paid or voluntary work).
About: Stays Abroad Starting from April 2020
we are aware that you will not be able to complete your planned stays abroad in the near future due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please be aware that your standard period of study will be extended by one semester. If you require more information at this point, please turn to your Fachstudienberatung (Nicole Hützen).
Students are responsible for organizing and finding sponsorship for their work and study abroad. Possibilities for financial aid include:
- Erasmus+ grants for study or internships abroad
- Other EU funds for work or volunteering abroad PROMOS grants to promote mobility of German students
- DAAD Kurzstipendium
For further information please contact the RWTH International Office.
Erasmus and Other Exchange Programs
The English department has exchange programs with the following universities:
- Erasmus exchanges at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), University of Maynooth (Ireland) and the University of Bergamo (Italy)
- Student exchange with the University of Western Australia in Perth
- Student exchange with the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
Students may also apply for Erasmus exchanges sponsored by other departments (in particular that of students' second field of study).
Selection for participation in exchange programs is based on academic record, letter of motivation, and language competence level (C1 in English and at least B1 in the language of the host country).
Students are also free to arrange to study at a university as a free-mover outside of an official exchange programme. Contact the International Office for more details.
To receive credits for courses taken abroad, contact