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"Where's my suitcase? Tomorrow I'm going to San Diego!"

Lea on the way abroad
[Translate to English:] mein roter Koffer

My Application - easy and uncomplicated

  • Completion of the first academic year (except Master students)
  • Enrolment at the HTW Dresden in full-time studies, which leads to a recognised degree
  • Study visit to a partner university worldwide (except Erasmus+ partner universities)

Before you apply for a study abroad, you should clarify for yourself where you want to go and with which goals. Is a particular language of instruction or language important to you? Do you want to deepen a certain focus of your studies, etc?

To find the right host university for you, inform yourself:

  • about our existing partnerships
  • on the corresponding websites of the host universities
  • through the experience reports of your fellow students (Please log in with your user ID.)
  • on our International Day (annually at the end of November)
  • on the pages of the DAAD
  • on the country information pages of DAAD

If you have short-listed one or more universities, consult with the respective programme coordinator (contact person for the respective partner university) in your faculty. 

After the consultation, you can decide for a host university according to your subject-specific and language skills, as well as your personal wishes.
Find your programme coordinator in the Directory of partner universities.

Students at the HTW Dresden submit their application to the International Office for the following academic year (winter and summer semester) by 15 February at the latest.

Applications may be submitted to the office (Z-232), by post or by e-mail (international(at)htw-dresden.de).

If there are still exchange places available at the desired partner university, an application at a later date is definitely possible. However, this excludes inclusion in the selection process of the faculty.

Please submit the following documents:

The international coordinator of your faculty or the International Office informs you about the selection decision. After that, the International Office of HTW Dresden will nominate you to the partner university.

If there are still exchange places available at the desired partner university, an application at a later date is definitely possible. However, this excludes inclusion in the selection process of the faculty.

Selection criteria of the HTW Dresden

Academic performance (grades) - Language skills - Study plans - Motivation - Crediting for the coursework after returning to the HTW Dresden - Extracurricular activities - In addition, faculty internal selection criteria may exist

Possible study contents during your stay

// lectures
// project works (study projects/research projects)
// final thesis (diploma thesis or Bachelor thesis or Master thesis)

Organisational expenditure

A stay abroad requires thorough preparation. This should start at least one year before the start of the stay. A longer lead time is required for certain countries and scholarship applications. Please inform yourself in good time about your country of study, the foreign university, the necessary subject and language requirements (e.g. GMAT, GRE, TOEFL) for enrolment and the entry and residence regulations.


Find out from the programme coordinator of your partner university and on the homepage of the partner university which additional registration formalities are required on the part of the partner university and apply there within the application deadline. As a rule, the host university should already have been informed of your nomination by the International Office.
Don't forget to take care of your accommodation, financing, academic recognition, insurance and, if necessary, your visa (Turkey) at the same time.


Free English language test (listening and reading comprehension only): https://www.efset.org/  

Language certificates from the Center for Interdisciplinary Education: "We are happy to support you with applications for a semester abroad with the relevant evidence of your acquired language skills.

  • DAAD form for semesters abroad (the same applies to comparable evidence): After successful course participation at the appropriate level, please contact us, stating all the necessary information (full name, matriculation, contact options and grading overview) and the pre-filled DAAD form to our secretariat. As a rule, the evidence can then be collected from the secretariat within two working weeks during office hours or will be emailed.
  • Standard certificates after successful course participation: Please note that proof by means of your official statement is typically sufficient. Should you nevertheless wish to receive a standard certificate, please report to the secretariat
  • Other certificates without any course participation: Thank you for your understanding that we are unfortunately unable to issue such certificates."

    In order to ensure that your academic achievements abroad are recognised at the HTW Dresden, you must conclude a learning agreement before your stay. This is often requested by the host university together with your application documents.

    In the learning agreement, you determine together with the programme coordinator (contact person for the partner university) or dean of studies in your faculty which modules you want to study abroad and which modules of the HTW Dresden you want to replace.

    •     Avoid significant differences between the modules you have chosen and those you actually want to take.
    •     Orient yourself on the curriculum of your degree programme for the corresponding semester.
    •     Do not choose modules that duplicate content that you have already taken at the HTW Dresden.

    You can supplement your module plan with :

    •     a language module in the language of instruction of the host university
    •     Modules in the soft skills area

    As in a semester at the HTW Dresden, you should complete courses amounting to 30 ECTS credits at the host university.


    After the programme officer/dean of studies has confirmed your learning agreement, you present the document to the examination board together with the corresponding module descriptions. The examination board checks your learning agreement according to the criteria level, learning outcomes, scope of work and profile of your degree programme to ensure that the competences acquired abroad do not differ significantly from the learning objectives at the HTW Dresden.


    If the examination board has confirmed your learning agreement, send it to the host university for signature. The learning agreement signed by three parties - you, the HTW Dresden and the host university - is intended to guarantee you recognition upon your return from abroad. The Learning Agreement can be sent by post or by e-mail.

    In the internal area you will find detailed information about the process.

    If you have chosen a country outside the EU as your host country for your stay abroad, you will in many cases need a visa to enter the country. You should inquire in good time at the responsible consulate general or the respective embassy about the visa regulations. You may need documents that have to be confirmed by our university or the host university.

    If you spend part of your studies abroad, you must remain enrolled at HTW Dresden and re-register for the semester within the re-registration deadline. During this time you will retain your student status and the student health insurance. Depending on the course of study, it might be that you have to take a holiday semester. Please inform yourself at your Dean of Studies or in the Student Secretariat. However, a holiday semester may also be an advantage if it is not required.

    Please note that you have to deregister from exams running during your semester abroad in time to avoid a '5ue'. The '5ue' is then considered as the 1st attempt. According to the examination regulations §23 Abs.9 you cannot have a module from the semester abroad credited for a module where a 1st attempt has already taken place. Inform yourself on the homepage of the examination office.

    You can request an exemption from the semester ticket at the student council while you are abroad.

    Funding opportunities worldwide

    The application for foreign BAföG should be submitted to the responsible BAföG office (depending on the target region) at least 6 months before a planned stay abroad, separately from the application for domestic BAföG. Even if you do not receive a domestic BAföG during your studies at the HTW Dresden, you should still inform yourself about the Auslands-BAföG, since the monthly foreign grant, the grant for tuition fees (up to 5,600 EUR), the grant for travel expenses or the foreign health insurance grant often amount to several thousand euros.
    More information can be found at www.auslandsbafoeg.de.

    The International Office is not authorised to fill in or confirm BAföG forms. Nevertheless, we would like to give you a little help at this point:

    Form 2

    Form 2 is generally not confirmed by the HTW. According to an agreement with the BAföG offices, the certificate of matriculation, you can print by yourself from Qis-Portal, is simply attached to this form. This certificate contains the additional note "(also as a template at the Office for Educational Assistance according to § 9 BAföG)". Should problems nevertheless arise, please contact the student office.

    Form 5 (Confirmation of previous performance)

    If you have any questions about Form 5, please contact the examination office.

    Form 6 (Confirmation of mandatory internship)

    This form will be confirmed by the responsible internship officer of the faculty.
    The confirmation is only given for compulsory internships, not for additional or voluntary internships.
    The expert opinion on the visit of the foreign educational institution only takes place after special request of the Bafög office in the faculty.


    For a complete overview of all Fulbright scholarships, click here.

    Studium in den USA? Yes, please!
    Take the chance and experience the USA with a Fulbright Study Scholarship 2025-26!

    Until August 25, 2024 (11:59:59 p.m.), Master's students and Bachelor's graduates of universities of applied sciences who would like to study as a graduate student at a US university for one to two semesters in the 2025-26 academic year can apply for a Fulbright Study Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $40,000 to support your studies in the U.S. You can find out more about the application requirements and the application process here.

    Apply now and become part of the worldwide Fulbright network!

    If you have any questions about the scholarship program, please contact studienstipendien(at)fulbright.de On July 09, 2024 at 3:00 pm, Fulbright Germany will offer a digital Q&A session where you can ask all your questions about the scholarship and get practical tips on applying to a US university. Please register here.

    In addition, there will be a digital info session on July 10, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. for all interested parties to introduce the network universities. Please register here.

    Dates for info sessions with the Fulbright network universities in the USA will gradually be published on the Fulbright Germany website at www.fulbright.de

    Highly endowed scholarships for US universities

    Would you like to complete your Master's degree, a research stay or the course phase for a PhD at an American university? Then apply for a scholarship from the ERP program! With this program, the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) supports study and research stays at top U.S. universities.

    The goal of the program is to strengthen transatlantic understanding and to support and connect highly qualified young professionals who aspire to work in the public sector. The program is open to graduates of all disciplines (except the arts). In addition to living and travel expenses, the ERP program may cover tuition costs of up to $50,000.

    The application deadline is October 1, 2023, and acceptance into the programs is also accompanied by acceptance into the German National Academic Foundation. Do you have questions about the ERP program? Then take advantage of ZOOM's consultation hours with current ERP grantees. You can find the dates and further program information here: https://www.studienstiftung.de/erp/.

    For whom is the HAW.International worldwide scholarship suitable and what is supported?

    Students of all disciplines in bachelor's, master's and diploma programs at German HAW/FH are eligible to apply. Under certain conditions, persons with foreign citizenship can also be included in the funding measures. Funding is provided for study stays and stays abroad as part of a final thesis. Simultaneous funding via Erasmus or PROMOS and HAW.International is excluded.

    Application: The application documents have to be submitted completely and in due time directly to the DAAD according to the official DAAD call for applications.

    Application deadline:

    • 31.10.2023 for scholarships starting between March and June 2024 (selection date January 2024)
    • 28.02.2024 for scholarships to begin between July and October 2024 (selection date May 2024)
    • 01.07.2024 for scholarships starting between November 2024 and February 2025 (selection date September 2024)
    • 31.10.2024 for scholarships starting between March and June 2025 (selection date January 2025)

    The Institut Ranke-Heinemann awards scholarships and grants as follows:

    •     Every freemover who wants to study in Down Under will be included in the scholarship program.
    •     All universities and study programmes in Australia and New Zealand are affiliated to the programme, which guarantees financial support and assistance throughout the application process through
          IDP  Education.
    •     Independent, neutral and free study guidance (no fees)

    Funding opportunities:

    •     Down Under Study Grant: Guaranteed grant of up to 10% of the tuition fees of a semester, i.e. depending on the study programme, savings of between 500 and 3000 dollars.
    •     Travel expense scholarship: 1000 Euro grant per semester. Raffle among all students.
    •     Current announcements: www.ranke-heinemann.de/australien/stipendien-irh/
    •     In addition, access to all scholarships of all Australian and New Zealand universities.

    For whom is the PROMOS scholarship suitable and what is supported?

    Students enrolled at the HTW Dresden can apply for the PROMOS scholarship with the intention of graduating. Stays in the country of origin cannot be funded.

    On the website PROMOS bewegt you will find the report of the same name, in the course of which you can accompany the (fictitious) student Lea, who sets out to get to know PROMOS.

    As part of the DAAD PROMOS programme, the HTW Dresden supports the realisation of

    •     Study visits (1 to 6 months/monthly partial scholarship rate)/Theses (university/monthly partial scholarship rate or company/travel allowance) ,
    •     Internships (6 weeks to 6 months/travel allowance),
    •     Study and group trips abroad under the direction of a university teacher (package) to non-European countries.


    Please submit the following application documents for the current calendar year to the International Office of HTW Dresden by 15 February of the calendar year (by e-mail as a PDF file to international(at)htw-dresden.de):

    •  Application form PROMOS (please save on your computer first and then fill in, DO NOT fill in on your mobile or browser)
    •  Proof of examination results (e.g. Transcript of Records)
    •  Proof of language proficiency (HTW/DAAD language certificate as language certificate after successful course participation or as module mark on certificate, in the case of lower semesters also language certificate on Abitur certificate counts, note: To acquire the HTW/DAAD language certificate without prior course participation, please contact the language centre. The exhibition can take up to 4 weeks. A self-assessment of language skills will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency).
    • Study project / letter of motivation
    • Learning Agreement (if available)
    • Confirmation from the university (if available)
    •  Internship agreement (if available)
    •  Confirmation of the company (if available)


    The selection procedure is carried out according to the subject, language and personal requirements of the students on the basis of the application documents. The selection of scholarship holders and the order of students (including reserve or replacement candidates) are made according to the award and selection criteria of the PROMOS Selection Commission of the HTW Dresden.
    Each faculty determines an order for the applicants of its own faculty. For better comparability of students from different faculties, a point system is used.
    The selection committee determines a cross-faculty order.

    The decision is based on a number of factors:

    •     Academic achievements
    •     knowledge of languages
    •     study project
    •     motivation
    •     Extra-curricular activities (committee activities, StuRa, faculty council, faranto e.V., IAESTE - local committee, AIESEC - local committee, involvement in the supervision of international exchange  students of the HTW Dresden)

    Priorities/sub-priorities are defined in the light of the project abroad, regions/countries/universities, degree programmes, study progress and multiple funding.

    •     Partner universities have priority
    •     Stays in CEE countries have priority over other countries
    •     Engineering courses of studies before economic science courses of studies
    •     Students of international degree programmes (IB, IMES) before other degree programmes, as they have to complete compulsory semesters abroad.
    •     Students who have already been supported in another program by the HTW Dresden will be treated as subordinated students.

    For candidates who want to move up, it may also be possible for the scholarship award to be confirmed at a later date with a new notification.

    STIPT would like to give you the opportunity to gain unique insights into the state-of-the-art production and research of the semiconductor industry in Taiwan. You will complete a four-month course program at a renowned university followed by a two-month internship at TSMC, a world-leading Taiwanese company in the semiconductor sector.

    Funding:  €700 as a subsidy towards living costs, €1,500 as a subsidy towards travel costs.

    Academic recognition:  up to 22 ECTS points.

    Application deadline:  May 31, 2024

    You can find the application form/application modalities and all detailed information about the STIPT project at: https://tud.link/xqn3

    Contact and advice: International.leosachsen(at)tu-dresden.de, Tel.: 0351 463 37688 / -42054

    For whom is the Vulcanus in Japan program suitable and what is supported?

    For the Vulcanus Japan program, which begins in September and ends in August of the following year, can apply

    •     Citizens of EU member states or COSME* partner countries,
    •     Students of an EU / COSME* partner university enrolled at the time of application between the 4th official academic year and the penultimate year of the doctorate**,
    •     and present an enrolment certificate which is valid until at least 3 months before the start of the course of study.

        (*) You are not an EU citizen? If your home country has joined the COSME and the contract has come into force, then you can apply. (You can check the status of your home country and your university here.)
        (**) Computer science, engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, electronics, biotechnology, electrical engineering, physics, telecommunications, nuclear engineering, construction, metal materials, ceramics, production systems...

    The programme consists of industrial placements for EU/COSME* students in Japan. The students complete:

    •     a one-week seminar on Japan,
    •     a four-month intensive Japanese course,
    •     an eight-month internship in a Japanese company


    •     Gain insight into the full range of advanced technologies used by a leading Japanese company;
    •     Learn Japanese, the Japanese culture within the enriching,
    •     With a view to a future career, acquire the ability to interact with Japan in human and economic respects.


    The application documents must be submitted by post in accordance with the application procedure by the deadline 20.01.2024 for the program from Sept. 2024 to August 2025.

    Please also inform yourself on the following websites:


    During my studies abroad

    If there are changes at the host university, e.g. because courses overlap or are not offered, you can change your learning agreement. The changes must be confirmed by your programme coordinator, the examination board and the host university no later than four weeks after your arrival at the host university. Please also send the amended learning agreement to the International Office. You can send the document either by post or by e-mail. Now you can take the selected modules abroad and take the corresponding examinations.

    Changes to the agreed learning agreement must be recorded and approved by an amended learning agreement no later than four weeks after the student's arrival at the host university.

    We are very happy about postcards. They will receive a place of honour on our pinboard.

    Address: HTW Dresden - International Office, Friedrich-List Platz 1, 01069 Dresden

    After my studies abroad


    Upon successful completion of the study visit, the host university will issue you with a Transcript of Records in accordance with the learning agreement. Please send the transcript of records upon receipt to international(at)htw-dresden.de or hand it in directly at the International Office (Room Z 232) during office hours.
    Please note: If a student does not bring home any of the credits provided for in the Learning Agreement, the Erasmus+ mobility grant can be partly or fully reclaimed.


    At the end of your stay, your host university will send you a Transcript of Records of the modules you have taken and the examination results you have achieved. You submit this together with the first and possibly second amended learning agreement to the responsible examination board. If, contrary to the learning agreement, examination results are not to be recognised or modules are to be recognised as additional achievements, inform the examination board informally. The examination board enters the previously approved, recognised achievements with the corresponding grade in the last part of the learning agreement (after mobility) and confirms these.

    The conversion of grades takes place in the faculty. For this purpose, you submit the necessary information about the foreign grading system to the examination board. In the case of incomparable grading systems, the note "passed" is included (and the examination results are not included in the further grading calculation). This is done in such a way that the ECTS points of this module are also included in the total amount of ECTS points.

    Your results from abroad are then transferred to the HIS POS. On the certificate, examinations taken and recognised abroad are marked in a suitable manner. Please note that the process description P U15 - Recognition of examination performances is binding for the procedure.

    The home university guarantees that ECTS credits earned abroad will be credited towards the credits/time required to obtain a degree at the home university. The academic achievements can only be recognised if a clearly defined study programme has been agreed with you in writing in a learning agreement. Academic recognition takes place after successful completion of the mobility stay on the basis of the proof of achievement issued to you by the host university. You may be refused credit or recognition for your academic achievements if you have not achieved the academic level required by the host university or have otherwise failed to meet the conditions required by the participating institutions for recognition.

    If you would like further information on recognition procedures and guidelines for a good recognition process, we recommend the following addresses:

    •  The nexus project of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) promotes study visits abroad and has therefore made it one of its tasks to create quality standards for the recognition of academic achievements. In this context, the project publishes important information and practical examples on the recognition of study and examination achievements on its website and also provides basic publications.
    •   The brochure "Promoting Mobility by Facilitating Recognition" from the International Office of the University of Leipzig also deals with good recognition practice for study and examination achievements. The HTW Dresden supported the project together with other institutions.

    We would like to ask you to send us a report (with photos if possible) of your experiences abroad so that as many future students as possible can benefit from your experiences. With your consent, the experience report will be uploaded to the HTW website under "Experience Reports". Please send us your experience report as a PDF file with a short confirmation about the approval of the publication.

    Documents and papers

    The documents are not yet accessible without barriers. Information can be obtained by telephone at +49 351 462 -2590 or -3458.


    1. Application for a Stay Abroad

    2. Learning Agreement