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We are happy to announce that the "Trial-study-week" for international pupils will take place from the the 22.06.24 - 28.06.24.  

We would like to wellcome participants from all over the world to a great, educational week and hope to see you soon at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

Would you also like to get to know the Viadrina? We will host a Introductory Week on campus at Viadrina. More infornation on application details will be published here at the start of the year.


In 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany launched the partner school initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future" (PASCH) with the aim of intensifying cooperation with schools abroad and establishing German as a foreign language as an integral part of the curricula in the respective countries. An essential part of the PASCH initiative is the "Guidance Initiative German Schools Abroad and Partner Schools" (BIDS), which is organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The BIDS project strengthens cooperation between universities and German schools abroad and language schools. For example, the DAAD also supports our university's own BIDS project "Perspective Viadrina". Within the framework of this project, we cooperate in particular with foreign and language diploma schools in Armenia, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

In the new funding period 2022-2024, we are working closely with our partners from the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg in the start-up phase of the joint BB-BIDS project, which has been in place since 2019.



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What does the "Perspective Viadrina" offer?

As part of "Perspective Viadrina", we not only visit schools in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine and present the European University Viadrina there - but we also invite students to visit us in Frankfurt (Oder) once a year so that they can see the Viadrina in person.

Since 2008, we have welcomed around 20 students from the senior years of PASCH schools every year. During an exciting introductory week, the prospective high school graduates have the opportunity to experience everyday life at our university in person and to find out about the diverse range of courses offered at the Viadrina on site.

We offer pupils the opportunity to:

  • discover the university campus and the two cities of Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice.
  • attend academic lectures
  • meet Viadrina students
  • meet students from all over the world at the International Day
  • participate in an intercultural workshop or writing workshop
  • take a day trip to Berlin.

For the duration of the trial study week, the prospective students are accommodated in the students' hall of residence. The European University Viadrina bears the travel, board and lodging costs of the trial study week.


The next trial study course will take place on campus in approx. June 2024.
Further details on application will be published here at the start of the year 2024.


In June 2022, after more than two and a half years, we were finally visited again by pupils from German schools abroad and partner schools.

The 12 pupils and their teachers from Armenia (Gyumri and Yerevan), Bulgaria (Burgas, Pernik, Ruse, Stara Zagora) and Poland (Wroclaw and Leszno) were able to get to know the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)/Słubice, Brandenburg and Germany as part of the BIDS trial study week "Perspective Viadrina" and find out about studying in Germany.

Some students have written great reports about their experiences during the trial study week at the Viadrina - enjoy reading them.


Please click on the photo to see the TikTok video.

Gruppenfoto Schnupperstudium 2022 ©Foto: Rene Matschkowiak/ Viadrina

We would like to thank you for the wonderful week together and hope to welcome you soon as students at the European University Viadrina. A big thank you also goes to the two accompanying teachers from Burgas (Bulgaria) and Yerevan (Armenia).


Gruppenfoto 2tes digitales Schnupperstudium 2022

In November 2022, we organised a digital trial study for the second time. The 12 students from Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan got to know the Viadrina European University, Frankfurt (Oder) and Germany as a place to study in one week, all from their desks at home.

The students received information about the study programmes offered by the Viadrina and BTU, were able to explore the Viadrina campus and get to know the city in a city rally through Frankfurt (Oder).

The interactive programme was supplemented by quiz and film evenings as well as a Kleist museum tour and a virtual trip to Berlin.

We would like to thank all participants for their active participation - it was really great fun and we look forward to meeting you live on the Viadrina campus!



With the help of BIDS, graduates of PASCH schools are supported in their transfer to study in Germany. An important requirement for graduates of PASCH schools from the targeted programme countries to take up studies and successfully complete their higher education is the ability to finance their studies and life in Germany. In order to make it easier for outstanding PASCH graduates to start their studies in Germany, a motivational scholarship is used to support them.

These motivation scholarships are awarded to graduates of language diploma schools and German schools abroad and are aimed for students in their first year of higher education.

The current call for applications for the BIDS Motivation Scholarship and the corresponding application form are available here:

The European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) offers a variety of other scholarships. You can find more detailed information on the Viadrina scholarships and the application requirements on our scholarship page.

In order to provide extensive information about the European University, we and our students, the so-called Viadrina International Ambassadors, travel to the schools and present our Viadrina. Since September 2008, we have visited several partner schools in Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Furthermore, we are represented at a variety of education fairs, where you can meet us in person and ask your individual questions about studying at the Viadrina.

Information for teachers

You are a university and career advisory teacher and need information material for your school? Please contact us and we will send you what you need.

You can also download our BB-BIDS brochure yourself. It contains a lot of important information.

Or would you like to get an idea of the Viadrina for yourself during a stay in Germany? We will be happy to welcome you.

Are you planning a class trip to the Berlin/Brandenburg region and would like to show your students a German university? You and your students are always welcome at the Viadrina. Please get in touch with us.

You have heard about the partner school project "Perspektive Viadrina" and would like to know how your school can participate? Please contact us.

In addition to the general student advisory service, the Viadrina also has a special contact person for students from German schools abroad and language diploma schools. This person helps with all questions regarding study programmes, application, scholarships, etc.

Contact: Maria Krug-Firstbrook

We also provide intensive support for foreign students during their studies. If you have any questions or difficulties, you can contact us at any time.

We have summarised a lot of important information in our BB-BIDS brochure. Available in various languages:

In 2021, we have launched a BIDS newsletter, which is distributed monthly and provides information on important topics such as application, financing and accommodation, as well as presenting our study programmes.

You can subscribe to our BIDS newsletter here.

All issues will also be gradually posted here for download:

The issues from 2022 are in our archive.


With our BIDS newsletter, we have launched the project "Create a pen pal". If you are interested in studying at Viadrina and perhaps already have concrete ideas and questions about specific study programmes, we will be happy to put you in touch with a suitable Viadrina student who can answer all your questions personally.

Click here to register for our "Create a penpal" project.