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Please note that applications are only accepted once a year (November/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.  (Example: you are applying in December 2014, for a stay abroad during winter semester 2015/16 and summer semester 2016).


1st Step: Getting information

Read reviews, come to Viadrina's “International Day”, use our Facebook page and group to exchange ideas and experiences with international students!  All necessary links can be found here.

A large amount of information has been put together for you on our preparation for study abroad pages.

Personal advising is offered by Nicole Klück and Christin Reise.  Also, especialy for our Latin America programs, Grietje Zimmermann.


2nd Step: Applying at the International Office

The application must be sent to: the Department of International Affairs – Nicole Klück and Christin Reise, as well as to Grietje Zimmermann, if you are applying for our Latin American programs.

The following documents and information are required to successfully apply (submit in a simple application folder):

  • Printout of online application. (Login with @hotmail, @msn, @live, is not possible, please use a different e-mail. Please use Firefox, otherwise you will have problems with configuring the PDF to print. If you cannot configure the PDF, please let us know while handing in your application, we will do it for you. If you do not find a partner university in the selection, please save the application, reload it and try to use the frame Erasmus+ SMS. If you still not find it, please let us know while handing in the application).
    Attention: Before you fill out and submit your online application, please check if your faculty actually has a partnership contract 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 (with photo)
  • Information about your major’s focus area at Viadrina – only relevant for Bachelor students: integrate this information in your resume.
  • Transcript: Printout from His-Portal. In case that not all your grades are listed there, please use the transcript form in German, which – while showing your original transcript – will have to be countersigned by the International Office in AM 207 or AM 209. Master students must additionally include a copy of their previous diploma.
  • Proof of language proficiency: Printout (Studienbuch) 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, Russian – forms for other languages can be found online) at the appropriate language department. For the Russian Department and  Spanish Department specific requirements are in place.
  • Current certificate of enrollment.

* Students who prefer to write their letter of motivation in English may do so.  Students applying for Berkeley (only possible for KuWi Master’s students) please provide your letter of motivation in English.

Application must be submitted to: office AM 207, AM 209, AM 216, or the mailbox in front of room AM 213.

Application Deadline: 08.12.2014 (6:00 pm)


3rd Step: Selection

The International Office conducts the selection of applicants with the cooperation of the faculty.

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.

Notifications will be sent out by the end of January / beginning of February.

Residual places are allocated beginning in mid/late February and continuing through the end of the year.

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. In general, 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 receive information about the application process and general information about 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

As per the instructions of the International Office, all students that were nominated for the Erasmus+ program apply by themselves to the partner universities. Students who were selected for the non-EU program submit their application to the International Office. Within the context of the non-EU program, it is not possible to directly send your application to the partner university! Please keep in mind that you cannot apply to the partner university before you receive approval from the International Office.

Attention: The partner universities have certain deadlines that must be met. You must find these out yourself on the universities’ websites. In some cases you will also receive informational emails directly from the partner university.

Tips for Erasmus Stays:

  • Financial aid for studying abroad (Auslandsbafög) should be applied for, if applicable, very early. You can find more tips on our site under Financing.
  • Please keep in mind that you will need a visa to enter Turkey; it is your responsibility to acquire one in time.
  • 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 in our list of partner universities as well as 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 , Russian, Spanish.
  • Language certificates:
    • For Latin American universities you can receive a language certificate from the Spanish Department of the Language Center. Details can be found on the website of the Spanish Department.  Sometimes other official language certificates are also required.
    • North American and Australian universities generally require the TOEFL as a language certificate. As soon as you are notified that the International Office has selected you, register to take the TOEFL.
    • In Russia official language certificates are occasionally required.  An exam can be taken through the Russian Department.
  • 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 information on our site under Financing.
  • 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.




November 12th 2014

extended till January 4th 2015!

  • Application deadline for the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Programm HERMES for the regions of Eastern Europe/Caucasus (application start: beginning immediately). Make sure to get all necessary signatures from Viadrina by December 12th 2014, since due to Christmas Holidays it will be difficult to reach us afterwards.

December 8th 2014

  • Application deadline for Erasmus+ (EU), NON-EU, International multiple degree.

Mid January

  • Interviews for the selection process for students  study abroad (usually only for non-EU-programs).

End January/ beginning of February

  • Announcement of selection results by email.

Mid/ end of February

Beginning in March

March 3rd 2015

March – May

  • Informational talks in preparation for study abroad

March - August

  • Application to the partner university