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Study and internship abroad

A stay abroad is a good idea. It strengthens flexibility and versatility, deepens and expands professional and language skills, and the exposure to a foreign culture opens up new perspectives, changes self-assessment and provides additional self-confidence.

Note: If you are thinking of going abroad for a while, please contact the InfoCenter for Study and Internship Abroad of the International Relations Office well in advance. The staff at the InfoCenter or the coordinators of the various exchange programmes can give many important tips and hints for planning your stay abroad.

For exchange visits in 2021/22, the application deadline is coming up for many programs. Please send your application to our postal address: Department of International Relations, InfoCenter for Studies and Internships Abroad, Seminarstrasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg

Important notice

Please note that in the university administration building visitors and staff are required to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters at all times and that they are obliged to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. This also applies to consultations in the student administration and the student advisory service. The Corona Ordinances oblige the university to collect the following contact details from all visitors, users and participants at events: first and last name, address, date and time of presence and telephone numbers. You can fill in and print the necessary form in advance and bring it to the consultation. You an also fill in the form on site. Entry to university facilities is only permitted to those persons who do not manifest any of the grounds for exclusion defined in the Corona Ordinance of the State Government of Baden-Württemberg, such as the typical symptoms of an infection with the coronavirus.
Form Information required from visitors and users

Video Consultation

The Info Center for Studying Abroad is available via video-consultation, Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Consultation by telephone or video is also offered by each exchange programme coordinators. Please contact us. We look forward to supporting you!


In which country (or region) to study?

The following questions can help you to make a decision: Which language do you already speak well or do you still want to learn? Are there mobility programmes in your subject or at university or in a country that is particularly important for your field of study or in which you are particularly interested? In principle, the whole world is open to you!

At what time and for how long?

The be-all and end-all of a successful stay abroad is careful preparation. Depending on your plans, you should start planning at least one year in advance, if you want to apply for scholarships or for a place in an exchange programme even 18 months in advance.

On your own or exchange program?

Those who plan their stay individually are particularly flexible when it comes to choosing the host country or the project, but also need a higher degree of initiative and organisation.  In the case of self-organised study visits, any tuition fees that may have to be paid may also result in higher costs than for participation in mobility programmes, which usually include a reduction in tuition fees, as well as assistance with application and implementation.

Study visit, language course or internship?

Would you like to improve your language skills with a summer language course or gain a first insight into another university system with a specialist course in the summer? Is it more important for you to improve your practical skills? Would you like to get to know a different academic culture and get a different view of your subject by studying abroad? Or would you like to gain your first research experience in an international environment by writing your thesis abroad?