Application Business Administration and Economics
The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics offers through the International Office a centralized application process for exchange (study abroad) programs. Through it you can apply for stays at our partner universities.
Please keep in mind that applications are only accepted once a year, mostly in December. Applications are for an entire academic year, that is, for the winter semester of the coming year and for the summer semester of the following year.
Leftover spots are usually assigned in March.
1st Step: Information
The International Office hosts every November an “International Day” that encompasses many informational events for studying abroad through Erasmus (EU) and non-EU (bilateral) programs. Personal advising is offered during regular office hours by Torsten Glase and Aleksandra Klecha.
2nd Step: Applying at the International Office
Applications for a semester abroad or for international joint degrees should be submitted to the International Office (or at the post box by AM 213). Current application deadlines are listed here. Your application supporting documents should be sent to Torsten Glase and Aleksandra Klecha. The following documents are required to successfully apply:
- Printout of online application (with photo).
- Attention: Before you fill out and submit your online application, please check if your faculty actually has a partnership agreement (LINK) with the university that you selected.
- Motivation statement: should be written with regard to your first choice university (1 to 2 max.; A4 size paper; written in German)
- Resume/CV (without photo)
- Transcript: Printout from His-Portal. Master students must additionally include a copy of their previous diploma and transcript.
- Proof of language proficiency: Printout from the Language Center website; if applicable, any other certificates. In case you don’t have proof of your language proficiency, please have yourself tested with the use of the DAAD language certificate form (English, French, Spanish – forms for other languages can be found online) at the appropriate language department. For the Russian Department specific requirements are in place.
- Current certificate of enrollment.
Attention: All students can only participate once in an Erasmus program. If you already studied abroad through the Erasmus program, then you can only apply to the non-EU program or to study abroad as part of an international joint degree program.
3rd Step: Selection
The International Office processes the screening of applicants based on the submitted application and its supporting documents. Following that, you will get a notification via email with the selection results.
If you applied to a university that falls within our non-EU program, or if you applied for an international joint degree, then you might in some cases also be invited to an application interview. Only afterward will you receive a notification via email about the decision of the selection committee.
Attention: The approval that you get from Viadrina does not constitute a final pledge to study abroad. The ultimate decision for that is in the hands of the partner university, which is informed of the selection results. As a rule, however, students that are nominated by us are accepted.
4th Step: Informational Talks
Those who have been selected to study abroad will be invited to an informational event sometime in March/April. At this meeting, you will find out how to go about with the application process at the partner university. Additionally, you will receive instructions on how to fill out all the forms that are still needed as well as information on how to get recognition of the credits that you will earn abroad.
5th Step: Applying to the Partner University
After the informational talks, all applications and supporting documents for the partner university must be submitted to the International Office. The partner university will in most cases also send you an informational email (you will get initial tips during the informational talks).
Attention: Please keep in mind that you cannot apply to the partner university before you receive approval from the International Office.
Tips for Erasmus Stays:
- If you would like, you can simultaneously apply for an intensive language course (EILC) in the host country. You will also get from us a separate informational email on the application process.
- Financial aid for studying abroad (Auslandsbafög) should be applied for, if applicable, very early. You can find more tips on our site under Financing on the left-hand side menu.
- A visa is necessary to enter Turkey; it is your responsibility to acquire one.
- Some partner universities have set certain admission requirements on exchange students (e.g., official language certificates like TOEFL, minimum GPA, number of already-acquired ECTS credits; further information is available on the partner universities’ websites)
Tips for non-EU Stays:
- Transcript forms are separately required (if applicable, in the national language) from many universities. You can find templates here: English, Spanish, Russian
- Language certificates:
- For Latin American universities you can receive a language certificate from the Spanish Department of the Language Center. Sometimes other official language certificates are also required.
- North American and Australian universities generally require the TOEFL score in the place of a language certificate. As soon as you are notified that the International Office selected you, register to take the TOEFL.
- Also, in Russia, now and then, official language certificates are required.
- Financial aid for studying abroad (Auslandsbafög) should be applied for, if applicable, very early. In fact, in many cases the Bafög (financial aid) form must be enclosed with the application to the partner university. You can find more tips on our site under Financing on the left-hand side menu.
- A copy of your passport needs to be included in the application to a non-EU university. Your passport must be valid at least until a year after your planned stay abroad is to begin.
6th Step: Semester Abroad and Return
After your semester abroad, please contact the International Office within the first four weeks of your return. You will then have to submit the required documents as well as the application for the recognition of academic credits earned abroad. A downloadable application form and more information on this topic can be found under recognition.
Attention: It is necessary to take a certain number of courses abroad, depending on the major, in order to get that semester recognized at EUV as a semester abroad. For more information, please read our Recognition for Business Administration and Economics FAQ.
The following documents are to be submitted after returning:
- Learning Agreement
- Study report
- Receipt confirmation
- Letter of Confirmation of the Host Institution
- Transcript of Records of the partner university (is mostly sent directly to the International Office. We will inform you via email when the transcript arrives and you can pick it up at AM 213)
- Experience Report: informal writing regarding living conditions and experiences at the partner university. Please include the following points:
- Preparation (planning, organizing and applying to the host university)
- Studying at the host university
- Everyday life and free time
- Bottom line (best and worst experiences)
2. Transcript of Records of the partner university (is mostly sent directly to the International Office. We will inform you via email when the transcript arrives and you can pick it up at AM 213)