Your stay abroad
Leaving the university and its own living environment and gaining experience abroad for a limited time has become a matter of course for many students. A stay abroad shapes the personality and increases the career opportunities in science and on the labor market.
During your studies
During your studies at FAU, there is a wide range of opportunities to stay abroad. You can organize your stay abroad according to your own taste, when you finance it yourself. But you can also apply for a scholarship.
With scholarship you have the following possibilities:
You can study abroad for one or two semesters at a partner university. The Erasmus+ programme supports your stay at a European partner university. Studying outside Europe can be funded through Promos.
Recognition of your learning achievements
In principle, your learning achievements at a foreign university can be recognized by prior arrangement with the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology. Find information in the download centre.
You can go abroad for an internship or combine it with a study phase abroad. We will be pleased to advise you.
Teaching assistance abroad
As a student teacher you have the possibility to go abroad as a teaching assistant. An Erasmus+ teaching assistance lasts at least two months, and a teaching assistance via Promos at universities or schools outside Europe is possible for at least six weeks. PAD also offers funding for teacher assistents, which usually last six months or more, depending on the country of your choice. We are happy to advise you on the organizational and financial possibilities.
Doctoral students and postdocs
DAAD awards scholarships for doctoral students and postdocs who want to go abroad. Postdocs additionally can apply for funding by Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. If you choose an Eastern European country for your research stay, BayHOST offers mobility grants. If you choose a country within Latin America, BayLAT is there to help (see Bayerische Hochschulzentren). The scholarships of the Minerva Foundation are available for research projects in Israel, and the institutes of the Max Weber Foundation also offer scholarship programmes.
There are plenty of opportunities for you as a student of FAU to engage for an international campus, by offering your help as a buddy or tutor for newcomers, by just keeping in contact via the International Afternoon of the Faculty, or by realizing your own ideas how to strengthen the international campus. Starting from winter term 2017/18, you can achieve a Certificate Cross-cultural Competence for engaging internationally.
Buddies for international students
As a buddy, you support international newcomers in the first days and weeks of their studies and life at FAU. You get into contact with your newcomer even before he or she arrives in Germany, as this is the time when most questions occur. You maybe meet your buddy-newcomer when arriving in Erlangen/Nürnberg and you help him/her with the first steps to go after arrival. And maybe you gain a friend for a longer period of time.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, when you wish to engage as a buddy. Our buddy coordinator Katrin Schlüter matches you and supports you in all questions that might occur to you as a buddy for international students.
Tutorials for international students
Some English taught degree programmes offer tutorials for incoming students: English Studies, North American Studies, and Development Economics and International Studies. In regular meetings usually once a week, and in a familiar atmosphere, students have the opportunity to delve deeper into the basics of the subject they study and to pose any question that might occur around the subject:
- reading of basic texts an texts of your choice
- repetition of the most important scientific terms and methods
- help with your language questions
- assistance in your scientific work
- exercise presentations
Please contact the International Office of the faculty, when you are interested to become a tutor.
International get-togethers take place regularly during the semester. As an international student, you meet German students, as an outgoing you meet students who have previously studied abroad or are planning to do so. Meetings take place in different locations.
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Excursions and regional events
The students organisations of the protestant and the catholic churches in Erlangen and Nürnberg regularely organise regional events, an international breakfast, and excursions for the students of FAU. These events are genuinely international, even if they are in German, and there is no need to be protestant or catholic yourself in order to take part.
Excursions are offered by FAU Volunteers for Internationals, as well.
Certificate Intercultural Competence for Students
This certificate is for all students, who choose to have activities along the four components intercultural communication (training course), involvement into buddy programme, tutorials or other form of engagement for international students at FAU, stay abroad, and language course. In order to successfully complete the requirements of the certificate, you have to acquire 20 ECTS in three/four components.