Language Proficiency Erasmus Outgoing
As the primary goal of an ERASMUS period of study abroad is to study at the host university, not just to learn the language spoken in the country, a good level of proficiency in that language is required. You should be sufficiently proficient in the language spoken in the host country to be able to settle into daily life there. This is the case even if the university offers courses in English.
Preparation at Heidelberg University
The Language Centre (Zentrale Sprachlabor, ZSL) at Heidelberg University offers courses in different European languages every semester. You can prove your level of language proficiency by taking a language test at the Language Centre (form available from room 139 in the International Relations Office). Please note that to be awarded an ERASMUS scholarship, written proof of a sufficient level of language proficiency is usually required.
Preparation online and at the Host University
Many host institutions organise intensive language courses, which take place before the beginning of lectures, in the language spoken in the host country. Information on these is available from the International Relations Offices at the respective host institutions.
Nominated Erasmus students may after the obligatory online language test in the teaching language also register for a free online language course in the teaching or national language.
ERASMUS Departmental Coordinators
ERASMUS cooperations between higher education institutions are based on agreements between the corresponding departments of two partner institutions. On both sides departmental coordinators are mentoring and coordinating the exchange.