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Application for Studying Abroad

Here you can find all the information about a semester abroad. Please read the instructions carefully and direct any questions to us.

Student stay in a foreign European country (Erasmus+) or outside of Europe (Non-EU) 2016/17

Student stay within Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Program 2016

Student stay in a foreign European country (Erasmus+) or outside of Europe (Non-EU) 2016/17

Step by step

September-November (applications can be submitted before)Beginning of November/Beginning of DecemberMiddle of JanuaryEnd of January

Obtain information by:

Beginning of November:
Online applications for the Viadrina International Day go live.

Beginning of December:
Deadline for submitting your application documents.

If you have applied for a stay abroad outside of Europe (Non-EU), then in most cases you will be invited to a selection interview. Only in rare cases will you be invited to an interview if you’ve applied for a European stay abroad or a  double degree.

We will inform you of the result of the application procedure by email.
This is not a final confirmation of the stay abroad. The ultimate decision lies with the partner university, who will be informed of our selections. In most cases our nominated students are accepted.

Middle of FebruaryMiddle February/End of MarchFebruary-MayFebruary-December

The deadline for accepting or declining your offered place.

Release of the left over places.

Middle of February:
Second round of applications.

End of March:
Third round of applications using a “first come, first served” procedure.

At information events we will explain the application procedure for your partner university. You will receive practical information on studying, recognition of courses and living abroad. This information event is very important and attendance is compulsory.

We nominate you to your chosen partner university. You will then receive information concerning the necessary application documents that must be submitted to the partner university by a specified deadline.

Application deadline

Regular selection process

  • Online applications portal goes live: November 4th, 2015
  • Application deadline: December 3rd, 2015 (6pm)

Left over places – Second round of applications

  • Online applications portal goes live: February 12th, 2015
  • Application deadline: February 12th, 2016 (5pm)

Left over places – "first come, first served" procedure

  • starting March 21st, 2016 (9am)

Appliction procedure

The application procedure for a study related stay abroad is conducted once a year in November/December. This is for the entire academic year: You apply at the beginning of December for a stay abroad for the Winter semester 2016/2017 and/or Summer semester 2017.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. The Viadrina enters into agreements with partner universities.
  2. You apply to the Viadrina for a stay abroad in one of these partner universities.
  3. After our selections and your confirmation we nominate you for your chosen university.
  4. Then you apply directly to your chosen partner university. An application to, or contact with, the partner university before your nomination is not possible.

Following the regular selection process an allocation of remaining seats will be held.

Please note the differences in the application details for the individual faculties:

Selection criteria

The following documents should be submitted and will be a criterion in the selection:

  • Completed courses (grades and amount)
  • Language proficiency
  • Cover letter
  • Participation in student initiatives (i.e. Interstudis) or other organisations
  • What makes you stand out.

Student stay within Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Program 2016

Application for the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Program 2016

Applications are made online directly via the project websites.


For the region Eastern Europe/Caucasus (only for the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law, exclusively for research stays for PhD students)
Date for Applications: October 29 to December 19, 2015. Please make sure to have received all signed documents from the Viadrina, at the latest, December 10, 2015 because during the Christmas holidays it may be difficult to reach your contact person.


For Latin America (all faculties, exclusively for semester stays for Bachelors and research stays for PhD students and PostDocs)
Date for Applications: October 1, 2015 to March 1, 2016